Brandi Smith

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Name: Brandi Smith
Date registered: April 16, 2012


You can watch Brandi Monday through Friday on KEZI 9 News at 5 p.m, 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. She joined the news team in December 2007. She was born and raised in the Umpqua Valley, graduating from Roseburg High School. Months after graduation, she was elected as the youngest-ever member of the Roseburg School District Board of Directors. In 2001, Brandi got her first break in TV news at KPIC in her hometown of Roseburg while she was a student at Umpqua Community College. At KPIC, she learned just about every aspect of her new career by directing newscasts, shooting video, editing stories, writing scripts and producing newscasts. Once finished at UCC, Brandi completed her education at the University of Oregon. Degree in hand, she packed up and moved to Boise, Idaho, in April 2004. While at KIVI, Brandi worked as a weather anchor, lead nightside reporter and producer. A job opportunity in July 2006 offered her a chance to get back to Oregon; Brandi took a job as a producer at KOIN in Portland. Now she’s excited to be close to home, where her family can watch her every weekday evening.

Latest posts

  1. The Sustainable Table: Eating Local — May 22, 2013
  2. Learning How to Ferment — May 15, 2013
  3. Local Farmers Cope without Rain — May 9, 2013
  4. Fisherman’s Market Truck Runs on Oil — May 8, 2013
  5. Marbles Tradition Continues at Melrose — May 3, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Top 9 Locally Sourced Restaurants: No. 8 — 5 comments
  2. Top 9 Locally Sourced Restaurants: No. 2 — 4 comments
  3. Group Needs More Hats for Kids — 4 comments
  4. Sustainable Table: Biodynamic Farming — 3 comments
  5. Plastic Bag Ban’s Split Impact — 2 comments

Author's posts listings

Sustainable Table: Mountain Rose Herbs

EUGENE, Ore. — Over the past decade, one local business has grown from five employees working out of a Pleasant Hill home to about 130 in a huge west Eugene production facility. As it grew, it maintained its goal of zero waste. Walk into Mountain Rose Herbs‘ west Eugene production facility and it’s a sensory … Continue reading »

Cemetery Adds Another Tombstone

EUGENE, Ore. — Newer fans are used to watching the Ducks play in Matthew Knight Arena. But the team’s biggest games came in a different venue, one that’s nearly forgotten, as KEZI 9 News Anchor Brandi Smith shows us. Click on the video above to watch the full story.

SPROUT! Promotes Local Food

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Lane County is one of the few communities that can boast a food hub, a center based entirely on supporting the local food industry. But how does its food hub work? “People talk about the Willamette Valley like it’s the garden of Eden. This is an amazing agriculture area that has more … Continue reading »

Predator-Friendly Farming

EUGENE, Ore. — It’s a challenge every farmer faces–how to keep livestock safe from predators. A West Eugene farm took a “Eugene” approach that the owner hopes others will consider. “We have seen skunks, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, cougars, hawks and owls,” said Sharon Blick, owner of Living Earth Farm. Those are just the predators the … Continue reading »

Mr. Irish Supports Kids Helping Kids

EUGENE, Ore. — Kids Helping Kids started 21 years ago at Sheldon High School. The program’s grown since the first Mr. Irish pageant, expanding into nearly 20 local high schools and raising millions of dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network. It’s always the first pageant of the season and just this weekend, the school crowned … Continue reading »

Students Prep for Mr. Wolverine

EUGENE, Ore. — The Kids Helping Kids pageants raised nearly $400,000 last year, but this year one school hopes to make more than any of the others. “We have a goal of $50,000, which is the most we would ever have raised at Willamette High School,” said Lanae Gayle, Mr. Wolverine Head Coordinator. In fact, … Continue reading »

Kids Helping Kids: Students Tour NICU

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The Kids Helping Kids pageant season kicked off this weekend when Sheldon High School crowned its Mr. Irish. These pageants are more than just a popularity contest. They raise money for Children’s Miracle Network–money that stays here in Lane County. Over the next few days, KEZI 9 News is going to show … Continue reading »

Kids Read Across America

SUTHERLIN, Ore. — In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday, schools all over western Oregon celebrated the author on Friday by dressing up as his characters and reading his books. The words are simple. The story–short and sweet. But the way kids connect just cannot be beat. “The goal is to get them excited about reading … Continue reading »

Local CSAs Offer Natural Meat

They’re separated by dozens of miles, but Sweet Home Farms and the Deck Family Farm are united in their mission to providing natural, hormone-free meat. “This was not a mistake–the way they decided to raise all these different animals,” said Daniel O’Malley, Sweet Home Farms Manager. O’Malley’s parents started farming just more than six years … Continue reading »

Local Theater Produces ‘Les Mis’

EUGENE, Ore. — With its epic story, famous songs and pile of Oscars, “Les Miserables” is as much of a force to be reckoned with as its protagonist, Jean Valjean. “It’s one of the modern classics of musical theater,” said Actors Cabaret executive producer Jim Roberts. The classic made the jump from the huge stages … Continue reading »

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