Eugene Buenaventura

Multi-Media Journalist

"Nothing is more humbling than meeting people from our community and sharing their stories of triumph or struggle."

Eugene is a Los Angeles native, and a proud graduate of Washington State University.

Entering college, Eugene always knew he wanted a career working with media. During his college years, he produced and edited for a number of student-produced shows at school and spent a summer working with KXTG, a radio station that covered the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Oregon.

Eugene loves the Yakima/Tri-Cities region; the people are friendly, and the summer weather reminds him of home. When he isn't running around town reporting, you can find Eugene either at the gym, at home playing video games, or learning new songs on his guitar and piano.

If you have a story idea for Eugene, or want to guess his height, feel free to email him at

Twitter - @EugeneKAPPKVEW


Helping Out Fire Victims

Lino Vargas

The Vargas family not only lost their home, but they lost everything inside of it. That struck a chord with the community, who wants to do everything they can to help them.
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Operation TINCUP Celebrates Another Year of Success

Operation Tincup

The annual Operation TINCUP in Yakima is another success according to organizers.
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City Department Head Wraps Up Suspension

Debbie Cook

The head of Yakima's utilities and engineering department is wrapping up a 10-day suspension period for misusing her city-issued cell phone.
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Heroes & Helpers

Heroes and Helpers

Toys were flying off the shelves and no aisles were safe as officers helped children bring a little Christmas cheer to their homes
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Suspicious Package Closes Social Security Office

Bomb Squad

The Social Security office in Yakima is evacuated for a short time after a suspicious package is discovered.
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Man Arrested in Connection to Drug Overdose

Jail bars

A 22-year-old man is behind bars tonight after detectives say Facebook messages tied him to the sale of heroin that led to the fatal overdose of another man.
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Cadets Deliver Goods Throughout Region


Teens from the Tri-Cities area help deliver over 9 tons of food throughout our region today -- one stop was at the Yakima Union Gospel Mission.
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Third Wapato Bar Shooting Suspect in Court

Juan Rodriguez

Bail is set at $1 million for a 25 year old man in the shooting death of Miguel Arciga at a Wapato bar.
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Adams Elementary Placed on Modified Lockdown

Yakima School District

Adams Elementary School is briefly locked down this morning.
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Buffalo Wild Wings Opens at Valley Mall

Buffalo Wild Wings

Hundreds of people in Yakima are getting their fill on wings -- Buffalo Wild Wings opens its doors at the Valley Mall.
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Helping Those Who Serve and Protect Us

Vets Affordable Housing

Hundreds of homeless vets and low-income vets in Kittitas County will soon have access to help.The non-profit HopeSource received a large grant that makes it possible for the organization to provide affordable housing for veterans.
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Keeping Doorstep Grinches Away


It's a very busy shipping season, and police say they want you to be extra careful on where you decide to have your packages delivered.
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Wapato Shooting Suspects Held on $1 Million Bail

Teodulo Martinez

Two suspects in a deadly bar shooting appear before a judge in Yakima County Superior Court.
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Murder Suspect Pleads Guilty to Reduced Charges


A woman involved in the killing of a man in June of 2013 will spend almost a year behind bars.
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Vets Plaza In Sunnyside Dedicates Special KIA Walls

KIA Walls

For years, vets in Sunnyside have worked to get the plaza laid down with bricks and foundation. Now that it's all done, the fun part begins -- erecting dedication walls.
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Selah Man's Plea Deal Revoked

David Holbrook

A Yakima County Superior Court judge tosses a plea deal made by a Selah man earlier this month.
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Keeping Your Wood Stoves and Chimney's Fire-Proofed

Wood Stove

For many tenured firefighters, they say wood stove and even chimney fires can be common especially in the winter. We asked them what you can do to keep your home safe in the winter months.
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Captain Rod Light Retiring in February

Captain Rod Light

Yakima Police Captain Rod Light will be retiring in February of next year.
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White Pass Enjoys Big Opening

White Pass Skier

Despite a limited opening, workers at White Pass resort hand their hands full this weekend.
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Still Looking for a Christmas Tree?

McIlrath Tree Farm

Christmas season is in full swing, and if you're still looking for a tree, folks in our area are still stocked.
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