News, Radio And Digital Staff
Host, State of Wonder Host
April Baer hosts the weekly radio arts show, "State of Wonder," at Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering how art is made and consumed. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of "Morning Edition" at OPB
Before coming to OPB in 2004, she worked as a studio engineer, host, reporter and occasional music host at several stations in Ohio.
She earned a degree in communications from Ohio State University.
April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.
Director of Digital Strategy and Community Engagement
Jan Boyd is the director of digital strategy and community engagement at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Jan has deep experience creating digital strategies for broadcasters. Her background includes launching digital products, building strong teams and producing award-winning editorial content.
Jan's work has been honored with an Edward R. Murrow award, as well as several Emmy and RTDNA awards, a Telly Award and multiple Emmy nominations.
Jan holds a degree from the University of Washington Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies and a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin's McCombs School of Business.
Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.
She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local "All Things Considered" host. Jes has also worked as an editor and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced reports as a freelance producer for NPR, Sirius Radio's "OutQ News" and "The Takeaway."
Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.
Writer and Animator, Digital
MacGregor Campbell is a science writer and animator based in Portland. He has worked with OPB, PBS Education, the Economist Intelligence Unit, and Nieman Storyboard, among others. He is also a correspondent for New Scientist, a popular science weekly published out of the UK. There he writes news and features about cutting edge science and technology, and produces a monthly series of “Explanimation” videos. His first real job was teaching math in the city of Compton.
Zack Carver-Gustin is an audio engineer at Oregon Public Broadcasting for the station's daily talk show, Think Out Loud, and other programs.
Zack began his career with a Boston based audio-visual production company. Since then he has gone on to mix extensive live event content for the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, CSPAN, and Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR. In 2011 Zack moved to the Pacific Northwest where he eventually joined forces with OPB.
Zack received his degree in audio engineering from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.
Jenn Chavez is an announcer with Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Jenn has been making radio in Portland for nearly a decade. Most recently, she hosted and produced the local news radio show “The Five Quadrants of Portland” on XRAY-FM, reporting on issues impacting underrepresented communities. Since joining OPB, she has also served as a producer for “Think Out Loud.”
She has a BA in literature and writing from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent her younger days as a film-nerdy video store clerk, and remains a source of unsolicited movie recommendations.
Vice President of Programming, Radio And Television
Lynne Clendenin is Vice President of Programming (Radio / Television) for OPB. She is also the station manager for KMHD Jazz Radio. She is a critical member of a team strategically leading successful radio and television networks toward a multimedia environment for news, information, public affairs and entertainment. Lynne’s previous roles at OPB include producer and executive producer for a variety of programs (including "The Noon Report," "Perspectives," "Oregon Newsmakers," "Oregon Lectures," "Oregon Symphony," "Portland Arts and Lectures,” "Back Fence PDX" and most recently “Literary Arts: The Archive Project”). She has also served as co-host on OPB’s "Oregon Art Beat."
Central Oregon Bureau Chief
Emily Cureton is OPB’s Central Oregon Bureau Chief. She formerly contributed award-winning programming to Georgia Public Broadcasting and Jefferson Public Radio, and reporting to community newspapers like the Del Norte Triplicate in Crescent City, California, and the Big Bend Sentinel in Marfa, Texas.
Emily graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with degrees in history, studio art and Russian. Among other adventures, she’s driven a van from Oregon to Costa Rica and hiked from the California coast to the Pacific Crest in Ashland. Send her feedback and story ideas at email@example.com.
Reporter And Producer
Lauren Dake is a political reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before OPB, Lauren spent nearly a decade working as a print reporter. She’s covered politics and rural issues in Oregon and Washington. She’s spent time in a maximum-security prison in Bogota, Colombia (for a story!) and sat in a sweat lodge on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
Send Lauren the best story ideas.
Kate Davidson is OPB’s business and economics reporter. She was previously OPB’s "All Things Considered" host.
Kate has deep experience reporting and producing for public media. Before moving to Oregon, she was a regular contributor to "Marketplace", a reporter at Michigan Radio focused on economic change in the industrial Midwest and a producer at NPR.
She has master’s degrees from the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism. She won a national Edward R. Murrow award for her NPR documentary, "Saints and Indians", which told the stories of Navajo children sent to live with white Mormon foster families across the West.
General Assignment Reporter
Rebecca Ellis is a general assignment reporter with OPB.
Before arriving in Portland, she was a Kroc Fellow at NPR, filing stories for the National Desk in Washington D.C. and reporting from Salt Lake City. She grew up in New York City and graduated from Brown University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s in Urban Studies. She has spent past summers as an investigator at the Bronx Defenders, a public defender’s office in the Bronx, and a reporter for a local weekly in Queens. Most recently, she interned with the Miami Herald, filing general assignment stories and learning to scuba dive.
Reporter and Producer
Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He specializes in health care, business, politics, law and public safety. In 2004 he was embedded with the Oregon National Guard in Iraq.
Kristian started as a cub reporter in 1988, working for newspapers in London, England. In 1991 he moved to Oregon and started freelancing. His work has appeared in The Oregonian, the BBC, NPR, the Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America.
He graduated from the University of Westminster in London.
Content Manager, News
Kim Freda is a news content manager at OPB. Kim's career began in television at NBC & ABC affiliate WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia. There, she covered a wide breadth of news, including environmental stories, political corruption and legal issues.
Kim holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast news from West Virginia University.
Senior Producer, Think Out Loud
Allison Frost is the senior producer and occasional host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud."
She's worn a variety of hats at OPB, including announcer, web producer, host, managing editor and senior producer. Before OPB, she led a local community radio station in Fresno, California, tutored English and sold books.
Allison holds a degree in speech communication from California State University, Fresno, and a masters in journalism and communication from the University of Oregon.
She likes to play with and blog about her two young children in and around Portland where she and her husband make their home.
Anna Griffin is the news director for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before OPB, Anna spent 11 years as a reporter and editor at The Oregonian and 10 years as a reporter at the Charlotte Observer. She served as a 2011-12 Nieman fellow at Harvard University.
Anna graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in journalism. She minored in screaming about the college basketball team.
When she's not at work, Anna is busy raising her two children and wondering what the concept of "free time" actually means.
Content Manager, News
Ryan Haas is a news content manager and handles content partnerships at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Prior to his employment with OPB, Ryan worked as editor of The World newspaper in Coos Bay and freelanced on the Southern Oregon coast. He also reported for SKNVibes on the Caribbean islands of St. Kitts and Nevis, and freelanced throughout northern Florida. Ryan's reporting experience ranges from international government and business to sports and fitness.
He holds a degree in English and rhetoric from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
Ryan lives in the eastern Portland metro area with his veterinarian significant other and the obligatory menagerie that entails.
Content Manager, News
Beth Hyams is a content manager for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Beth has been with OPB since 1993 and has served as the station's "All Things Considered" host and newscaster for more than 20 years. Beth got her start in radio as a reporter and anchor at the community radio station KPFA in Berkeley. She was an associate producer with the public television documentarian Loni Ding in San Francisco. Before joining OPB, she was volunteer coordinator at community radio station KBOO in Portland.
Beth is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. Beth graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and American literature.
Laurie Isola is a digital producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before joining OPB, Laurie worked as a web producer at SFGate.com, a travel writer for Rough Guides, an editor at Via magazine and a desk editor and reporter at a regional news wire in the San Francisco Bay Area. To mix things up, she co-owned and operated Germany’s first tacowagen in Berlin.
Laurie has a bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College, where she studied everything from the American transcendentalists to metal working.
Ken joined OPB as an announcer in 2013. He has worked with several public broadcasting organizations, including KLCC Eugene, KAZU Monterey, WOSU Public Media and Louisville Public Media, where he hosted talk shows, reported and produced news stories, raised funds and assisted in engineering. Ken also does freelance narration and voiceovers.
Ken grew up in Ohio. Before moving to Oregon, he pioneered a licensed community radio station in Columbus, WCRS-FM, to give voice to underserved populations and alternative viewpoints.
Ken has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia. Ken lives in Milwaukie with his wife Claire. He enjoys digitizing his vinyl collection and hiking in Mount Hood National Forest.
Steven Kray is the sound supervisor at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
He started his career at a small market television station, running the audio console and creating graphics for television station KFXB in Dubuque, Iowa, when he was 16 years old. Steven earned a degree in recording engineering at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, before becoming the sound editor at AMS Pictures in Dallas, Texas, from 2000 to 2005.
Steven has been involved in numerous award winning projects at OPB. He won a regional Emmy Award for his audio work on "Waterfall Kayaking," an episode on OPB's outdoor documentary show Oregon Field Guide.
Steven is also an avid record collector and early computer enthusiast. In 2015, he competed and won in a national Atari video game tournament. In his free time he laughs it up with his wife and two daughters. Saturday nights 10pm-Midnight he is the host of the funky radio show "The Drop Shop" on KMHD.
Reporter/Producer, Guns & America
Jonathan Levinson is a multimedia reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He’s the Audion Fellow covering Guns & America.
Previously, Jonathan covered Mexico as a freelancer. His radio work has appeared on NPR and the CBC. His photography has been featured in ESPN, The Washington Post and Bloomberg News.
Jonathan spent five years as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army and has a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
Producer And Announcer, All Things Considered
Crystal Ligori is the producer and newscaster for "All Things Considered" and produces the weekly radio program "Literary Arts: The Archive Project."
Before joining OPB, Crystal worked the active rock station KUFO in Portland. In addition to her on-air role, she was the interim music director and hosted a weekly, local music show. Before moving to Portland, Crystal worked at modern music station KZZU in Spokane, Washington, and at student-run radio station KBGA in Missoula, Montana.
Crystal earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Montana. While there, she earned a Society of Professional Journalists award for television feature reporting and a Hearst Journalism Award for broadcast news radio features. Crystal is also a freelance voiceover artist.
Fill-in Morning Edition host
Having grown up in Asia, Tim Manickam brings a global perspective to his work at OPB when stepping in for "Morning Edition." While fluency in three languages helps with pronunciation of foreign names, he finds that it still takes local knowledge to properly say "wil-LAM-met" and "day-SHOOTS."
Tim’s life changed forever when his college roommate "volunteered" him for a shift at the campus radio station. Since then, he has worked at stations in Cleveland, Salt Lake City, and Columbus, Ohio, before moving for the enviable lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest.
When Tim is not busy with radio, you’ll find him working in his real estate business, enjoying the local arts scene or hiking and climbing in the Cascades.
Rob Manning is a news editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting, with oversight of reporters covering education, healthcare and business. Rob became an editor in 2019, following about 15 years covering schools and universities in Oregon and southwest Washington as OPB’s education reporter.
Rob was part of an OPB team that won a Peabody Award in 2009 for “Hard Times,” which examined the regional effects of the Great Recession. More recently, Rob has earned multiple honors for leading OPB’s long-term project, “Class Of 2025.” Rob’s reporting in 2017 with OPB’s Tony Schick on problems at Chemawa Indian School, a federal boarding school in Salem, Oregon, for Native American students, has led to congressional inquiries and hearings.
Senior Political Reporter
Jeff Mapes is a senior political reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Previously, Jeff covered state and national politics for The Oregonian for nearly 32 years. He has covered numerous presidential, congressional, gubernatorial and ballot measure campaigns, as well as many sessions of the Legislature, stretching back to 1985.
Jeff graduated from San Jose State University with a B.A. in journalism.
An avid bike commuter, Jeff is the author of the 2009 book, "Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities."
Paul Marshall is an announcer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
A native Oregonian and a lifelong resident of Portland, Paul was first introduced to OPB by watching PBS Kids and "PBS Newshour" as a youth.
Prior to OPB, he worked as a sportswriter covering sports in the Atlanta University Consortium. He also worked as a sportscaster, show host and producer for KWVA Eugene 88.1 FM's Sports Department.
In addition to his work in radio, Paul writes as a freelance journalist, covering events like the Portland Pro-Am Basketball League and profiling the Scarlett Brothers. His work has been published in the Portland Observer and the Catholic Sentinel. He's also worked as a PA announcer for Portland Community College.
Paul graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Political Science and a master's degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon.
Producer, Think Out Loud
Samantha Matsumoto is a producer for OPB’s daily talk show, “Think Out Loud.”
She previously worked as a breaking news reporter at The Oregonian. Her work has also been featured in Willamette Week and the Austin American-Statesman.
She graduated from the University of Oregon in 2016 with a degree in journalism.
Samantha is a proud native Oregonian and will gladly provide recommendations for the best restaurants in her hometown of Hillsboro.
Host, Think Out Loud
Dave Miller is the host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud."
Before coming to OPB, Dave was the senior producer of "Open Source," a nationally syndicated radio show based at the NPR affiliate station WGBH in Boston. He began his radio career as a documentary producer at Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as the online host of the show.
His stories have aired on NPR's "All Things Considered," "Morning Edition" and "Weekend Edition Saturday."
Dave graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English.
Elizabeth Miller is OPB’s education reporter.
She previously covered the environment and the Great Lakes for ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio.
Her pieces have aired nationally on NPR and on other programs including "Marketplace" and "Here and Now."
She also spent time working at an Akron news station and as an intern on NPR’s national desk. An Ohio native, Elizabeth is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University.
Reporter And Producer
Erica Morrison joined the OPB reporting team in December 2017. She is part of the national “Sharing America” collaborative and covers race, identity and the changing demographics of the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the team she was a producer for NPR & WBUR’s Here & Now and freelanced at a number of now defunct NPR newsmagazines at the network’s headquarters. Erica began her journalism career as a print journalist but transitioned to public radio after the reality of the collapsing industry got to be too much. She is a proud graduate of “The Mecca” Howard University and a native of the DMV. Don’t talk to her about bad weather unless you’ve lived somewhere like Boston winter 2015.
Producer, Morning Edition
Casey Negreiff is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's Morning Edition.
Casey got his start in public radio at KPBX, Spokane, Washington's community station where he served as midday host. Later, he could be heard throughout Washington state on the stations of Northwest Public Radio as "Weekend Edition" host. Casey first came to OPB in 2006 to serve as fill-in radio host and soon after took on the role of "Morning Edition" producer and newscaster.
Casey shares a Peabody Award for OPB's "Hard Times" series and has been honored by the Associated Press with a Best Newscast certificate.
He has a degree in English from the University of Washington. He enjoys cooking and riding his bicycle all over the place, even in Portland’s eight months of rain and gloom.
Host, Morning Edition
Geoff Norcross is the "Morning Edition" host at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before coming to Oregon, he was the program director at the NPR affiliate KNAU in Flagstaff, Arizona. A 25-year radio veteran, Geoff has been on air in New York, Florida, Missouri, Illinois and West Virginia. He joined OPB in 2008.
Geoff has received awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. for Best Interview and the Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Feature Reporting as well as the Florida Associated Press Award for the Best Newscast.
Geoff graduated from Bradley University with a degree in communications.
Geoff lives in Portland with his wife. When he’s not on the air, you can find him rowing on the Willamette River, or running and biking around the southwest hills. If you get up early enough, you might catch him hiking the nearby mountains.
Host, Weekend Edition
John Notarianni is the host of “Weekend Edition” at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before joining OPB, John worked as a radio producer, reporter and host at WDET in Detroit and WYPR in Baltimore, and had stints at WBEZ in Chicago and WUOM in Ann Arbor.
Along the way he’s worked as the Michigan editorial director for an urban development news startup, served as business development director for several Detroit-based social entrepreneurial companies, founded a brass band that toured Europe and honed his craft cocktail skills.
John graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English and Global Media Studies.
Bradley W. Parks
Bradley W. Parks is a digital producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Previously, Bradley was a reporter for the Zanesville Times Recorder in Zanesville, Ohio, where he covered education. Prior to that he served as a statehouse correspondent in Columbus, Ohio. He also covered sports for four years during college and has worked in digital, radio, TV, newspapers and magazines.
Bradley graduated cum laude from Ohio University with a degree in journalism and an African studies certificate.
When he's not at work, Bradley is busy running in marathons and triathlons, and plans to someday compete in the Boston Marathon. Fun fact: He has been known to run barefoot — on trails and streets.
Julia works as an announcer at OPB. She is also a freelance journalist for the Northwest News Network.
Previously, Julia was a freelance news producer for the nationally-syndicated news program "To the Point" (a co-production of Public Radio International and KCRW) and local shows "Which Way, LA?" (KCRW) and "Air Talk" (KPCC). She was also a fill-in news anchor for jazz station KSBR, where she also produced and reported state and local news stories.
Prior to working in radio, Julia was an e-business consultant. In 1999, she co-founded a venture-backed digital music company called iPingPong, where she focused on licensing deals with the recording industry. Julia has a master's degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston University.
Reporter and Producer
Meerah Powell is a general assignment and breaking news reporter for OPB. She previously worked as a news reporter and podcast producer for Eugene Weekly in her hometown of Eugene, Oregon. Along with writing and audio work, Meerah also has experience with photography and videography. She graduated from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. Send Meerah story ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cassandra Profita is a reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.
Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger and as part of the EarthFix public media collaboration that covered the environment for the Pacific Northwest.
She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.
Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.
Producer, Think Out Loud
Julie Sabatier is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud."
Julie joined the "Think Out Loud" team in 2008. She was also the creator and host of the public radio show and podcast "Rendered" until the show retired in 2015. Julie previously worked as the staff writer for Just Out, reported for Willamette Week, served as podcast producer for Bitch Magazine and produced stories for "The Splendid Table," NPR and "99% Invisible."
Julie graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.
Science & Environment Reporter
Monica Samayoa is a reporter with OPB’s Science & Environment unit.
Before OPB, Monica was an on-call general assignment reporter at KQED in San Francisco. She also helped produce The California Report and KQED Newsroom. In 2017 she studied abroad in Sydney, Australia, where she attended University of Technology Sydney to finish her degree. There, she was able to get her first taste in radio while producing and hosting for 2SER, Sydney Educational Radio.
Monica holds a bachelor's degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts from San Francisco State University.
In her free time, Monica likes to spend time with her family and friends and travel the world. So far she has traveled to 17 countries.
Jason Sauls is the midday announcer at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Jason came to OPB in 1997, where he's served as an evening announcer and also the local host of "Weekend Edition" before moving into his current position.
Prior to OPB, Jason worked as a news producer and music host at NPR affiliate Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland and commercial radio station KTMT in Medford.
Originally from California, he graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1995 with a degree in communications and broadcasting.
Jason is also a producer and editor for a variety of programs including the City Club of Portland and Back Fence PDX. Outside of radio, his interests include minor to major obsessions with music, hockey, youth soccer, swimming, creative writing, discovering great eateries and coffee shops, and spending time with his two sons.
Investigative and Data Reporter
Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.
Tony previously worked as the web editor for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a journalism nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri. He has worked as a freelance reporter and researcher since 2007.
He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and sociology from Gonzaga University, where he spent enough time after hours in the student newsroom that he and his wife named their dog, Myron, after the building’s beloved overnight custodian. He received his master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.
Tony is a native of Portland.
Producer, Oregon Field Guide
Aaron Scott is a producer/reporter for the outdoor program “Oregon Field Guide,” where he pursues stories that illuminate cutting-edge science and the natural wonders of the world around us. Previously, he produced OPB’s radio arts show, “State of Wonder,” and his cross-platform reporting for OPB, NPR, "Radiolab," and "This American Life," has won Gracie, Murrow, SPJ, and Mark Twain awards.
Before joining OPB, Aaron was a senior editor at “Portland Monthly,” where he orchestrated the magazine's arts coverage and wrote narrative features. He has master's degrees in journalism and science writing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s in religious studies from Grinnell College. He split his childhood between the mountains of Colorado and the valleys of Oregon and, prior to journalism, spent a number of polyphonic years directing publicity for the band Pink Martini.
Shana Sheehy is an announcer at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Before coming to OPB, Shana was a producer and on-air host at KTOO-FM in Juneau, Alaska, station director and program director at KRUA-FM, and a reporter and producer for the Alaska Public Radio Network. Shana also served as adjunct professor at University of Alaska-Anchorage in its journalism and public communications department, instructing students in audio production, radio news and electronic media. Shana is also an independent producer and consultant.
Programming Operations Coordinator for Radio
Nate Sjol is the weeknight announcer and the radio operations coordinator at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before coming to OPB, he served as a multimedia editor on a nationally broadcast real estate program, a contract video editor for Nike and was freelance voice-over artist.
He holds a degree in advertising from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where he was the station manager and program director for student-run KMSC.
Nate enjoys hiking with his dogs, listening to live music, photography and traveling.
Reporter And Producer
Molly Solomon is a reporter and producer covering Southwest Washington for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
She was previously a general assignment reporter for Hawaii Public Radio in Honolulu where she produced award-winning stories on a variety of topics, including homelessness, native Hawaiian issues and even an active lava flow. Her work has appeared on "Marketplace," NPR’s "Morning Edition," "All Things Considered," "Here and Now" and "Science Friday."
Molly has won three national Edward R. Murrow awards for her work along with awards from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and PRNDI. Most recently, a series on the closure of Hawaii’s final sugar plantation won her a 2017 national award from the Asian American Journalists Association.
David Steves is an editor with OPB's Science & Environment unit. Previously he was the founding editor of EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. During its run from 2011-18, EarthFix and its journalists won a variety of honors for their radio, television and digital journalism, including Emmy, RTNDA/Murrow, Society of Professional Journalists, Online News Association, Society of Environmental Journalists and American Association for the Advancement of Science awards.
David previously worked as state capital bureau chief for the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene. Before that, David worked at the Statesman Journal as a reporter, editor and columnist in Salem.
David earned a bachelor's degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
David Stuckey is a digital producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before OPB, David was a digital editor for USA TODAY in Washington, D.C., where among other things he produced content with war correspondents and covered presidential elections.
He holds a degree in journalism from Clark Atlanta University.
In his free time, David reads literature from around the world and argues with strangers that Outkast is a better band than The Beatles.
Reporter and Producer
Amelia Templeton is a multimedia reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering city hall, justice and local news.
She was previously a reporter for EarthFix, an award-winning public media project covering the environment in the Northwest. She coproduced the Oregon Field Guide and online special "Glacier Caves: Mt. Hood’s Secret World."
Amelia has been producing radio since 2004, when she contributed to a student radio podcast of stories from the war in Iraq. Amelia has also worked as a freelance journalist for NPR, American Public Media's Marketplace, and CBS News. From 2007 to 2009 she was a Refugee Policy Analyst with Human Rights First in Washington, D.C.
She has a degree in history from Swarthmore College.
Amelia enjoys hiking, exploring the Northwest, and raising chickens in her backyard.
Sage Van Wing
Executive Producer, Think Out Loud
Sage Van Wing is the executive producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud."
She has produced daily news programs at other NPR affiliate stations Vermont Public Radio, KUOW in Seattle and KQED in San Francisco.
She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in anthropology.
While in Vermont, she became an expert sledder. While in Seattle, she learned to bike in the rain. Sage hopes someday to become an expert taxidermist.
Bryan M. Vance
Bryan M. Vance is a daily digital producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Previously, Bryan was a digital producer for The Greenville News in South Carolina and The Asheville Citizen-Times in North Carolina. He also worked with Vox Media's SB Nation in a variety of roles for several years.
Bryan graduated from Ohio University with a degree in journalism and a degree in electronic media production.
When he's not at work, Bryan is spending time with his dog, Thor, and taking photos or cooking.
Dirk VanderHart covers Oregon politics and government for OPB. Before barging onto the radio in 2018, he spent more than a decade as a newspaper reporter—much of that time reporting on city government for the Portland Mercury. He’s also had stints covering chicanery in Southwest Missouri, the wilds of Ohio in Ohio, and all things Texas on Capitol Hill.
Dirk’s byline has appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, The Columbus Dispatch, The Oregonian, and more. He’s got a journalism degree from Michigan State University.
Send Dirk the best story ideas.
Jack Walters is an announcer at OPB. Prior to joining OPB, Jack served as an announcer at KUOW in Seattle starting in 2010. Before that, Jack was with KEXP in Seattle for over a decade as head of production and host of a weekly music show.
Jack and his wife moved from Seattle to Portland in 2016. Their daughter was born a year later and is proud to be a native Portlander.
Reporter and Producer
Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer covering criminal justice and legal affairs for OPB.
Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR affiliate in Colorado. His work has aired on "Marketplace" and NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered." He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor.
Conrad earned a degree in international political economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Send Conrad the best story ideas.
Assistant Program Director
Todd Witter is the assistant program director at Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Todd hails from Chicago and started his career as the local "Morning Edition" host and reporter at WXPR in northern Wisconsin. Todd later moved on to produce several programs at Wisconsin Public Radio, including the nationally distributed "Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?"
Todd moved with his family to Oregon in 2012. Since then, he's worked with Portland-based Live Wire Radio and served as an announcer for OPB.