Liam Moriarty

Reporter/Producer

Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. He's reported on a wide range of topics – including politics, the environment, business, social issues and more – for newspapers, magazines, public radio and the web.  Liam was JPR News Director from 2002 to 2005, reporting and producing the Jefferson Daily regional news magazine. After covering the environment in Seattle, then reporting on European issues from France, he's returned to JPR, turning his talents to covering the stories that are important to the people of this very special region. moriartyl@sou.edu

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Crossed Into California
4:37 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Oregon Gulch Fire Spreads Rapidly, Kitzhaber Declares Fire Emergency

A fire cloud forms over the Oregon Gulch fire, southeast of Ashland, on Thursday evening.
Credit Keith Henty/KeithHenty.com

Much of the Rogue Valley is shrouded in a smoky haze, as southern Oregon’s largest wildfire so far this season grows at a rapid pace.

The lightning-caused fire -- reported Thursday morning as 10 acres -- exploded across southeastern Jackson County overnight and spread into Klamath County as well as Siskiyou County, California.

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Environment
8:01 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

An Oregon Army National Guardsman looks for spot fires around the Government Flats Complex fire from a Blackhawk helicopter, near The Dalles, Aug. 21, 2013.
Credit Oregon Military Department

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter – and more costly. A new report from a national science advocacy group says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse.

And short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more.

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Borrowing From Peter ...
9:53 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform

Credit National Interagency Fire Center

Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.

With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires.

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Music, Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Great Society: Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s LBJ Saga Continues

The Rev. Martin Luther King (Kenajuan Bentley) and President Lyndon Johnson (Jack Willis) are key players in "The Great Society," OSF's newest play about LBJ's tumultuous presidency.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Last month, the Tony Award for Best Play went to “All The Way,” a look at Lyndon Johnson’s sudden rise to the presidency and his push to pass the landmark Civil Rights Acts of 1964.

The play – written by Robert Schenkken and directed by Bill Rauch -- premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, before going on to Broadway.

Next week, the sequel – “The Great Society” – opens at OSF. Jefferson Public Radio'’s Liam Moriarty spoke with Bill Rauch and got a preview of the next chapter in this historical saga.

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Environment
7:55 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition

North Fork of the Smith River, near Hiouchi, CA.
Credit PGHolbrook/Wikimedia Commons

A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4,000-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon.

The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances.  They’re going all-out to kill it in the cradle.

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Low Carbon Fuel Standard
6:32 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Supreme Court Decision Could Impact Oregon Clean Fuel Rules

A biofuels pump dispenses 5 different blends of fuel at the 2010 Washington Auto Show
Credit Mariordo Mario Roberto Duran Ortiz via Wikimedia Commons

This week, the US Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to California’s clean fuel law.

Supporters of the law – and of similar efforts in Oregon and Washington – say the high court’s decision clears the way for the West Coast to take the lead in reducing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions. But opponents in the petroleum industry say the law is still a bad idea.

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First...The News
11:13 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Getting Judgmental In The Newsroom

Using sound judgment, JPR broadcasts news that engages listeners interest and looks deeper than the headlines.

I always get a chuckle when I hear people say they don’t follow the news because it’s ”filtered.” What they want, they declare, is “unfiltered” news.

Good luck with that.

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"A voice that could move a mountain to Dance."
1:51 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Soul Man: Krishna Das Comes To Ashland

Kirtan singer Krishna Das
Credit Renee Edde

The New York Times has called Krishna Das “The Chantmaster of American Yoga.” The one-time rock’n’roller turned spiritual devotee has earned a following with his soulful voice and heartfelt approach to traditional Indian devotional chant. JPR’s Liam Moriarty recently spoke with the Grammy-nominated singer, who will be performing in Ashland on July 1.

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Less is More
7:37 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Getting Small: The Joys and Challenges of Tiny House Living

A 117 square foot tiny house north of Seattle, WA.
Credit Zoey/http://www.livetiny365.com/

Since 1950, the size of the average American house has nearly tripled, to more than 2,400 square feet. Not coincidentally, US consumers on average also pay a much larger portion of their income on keeping a roof over their heads.

Now, as JPR’s Liam Moriarty reports, a small but growing number of people – in the Northwest and beyond -- are scaling back their housing needs and trading square footage for more time and freedom. 

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"Turnaround Leader"
9:17 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Dr. Roy Saigo Appointed Interim SOU President

Dr. Roy Hirofumi Saigo has been appointed interim president of Southern Oregon University
Credit OUS

JPR's Liam Moriarty sat down with Dr. Saigo during a whirlwind tour of SOU on Friday afternoon to get his first thoughts about his new position.

Southern Oregon University has a new president.

Dr. Roy Saigo was approved as the interim president of SOU on Friday at a meeting of the Oregon State Board of Higher Education. The vacancy was created when current SOU President Dr. Mary Cullinan announced she accepted the job as president at Eastern Washington University near Spokane.

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