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FROM OUR PRESIDENT:

 

It’s fall in the Northwest, which is usually a busy time for all of us.

As we experience (and survive) the hustle and bustle of the season, I’m reminded of one of the many reasons why OPB is such a valuable public service: Accessibility. As we continue to develop content on multiple platforms—TV, radio, online and on mobile devices, we know the importance of being able to access our content wherever you are—at home, at work, in the car, or on the go. We are committed to making news, information and stories available to everyone.

One way we’re doing this is with the all-new version of the OPB News app, now available for your tablet as well as your smartphone. Now you can access the latest local, national and global news updates and headlines, stream OPB Radio, and read in-depth stories on art, culture, and the environment on the mobile device of your choice. 

If you already have the OPB News app on your mobile device, you may have also noticed that you have begun receiving push notifications about breaking news, stories to listen to on OPB Radio, and important events such as the Oregon Gubernatorial debate we recently co-hosted in Portland. With the many news events happening right now, including midterm elections, we know you turn to OPB to stay informed on latest updates. These push notifications are one way of providing you this critical information you want and need to know.

As a public service organization, you can trust and expect that we’ll continue to keep you informed by making our news and information available in a variety of ways that fits your life—whether its on the radio, online, on mobile devices.

Thank you for taking OPB with you wherever you go. Your support makes our accessibility possible.

signature: Steven M. Bass

Steven M. Bass 
President and CEO

OUR MISSION

Oregon Public Broadcasting: giving voice to the community, connecting Oregon and its neighbors, illuminating a wider world.

OPB MANAGEMENT

Steve Bass, President & CEO (email)

Morgan Holm, Senior VP and Chief Content Officer (email)

Dan Metziga, Senior VP, Development (email)

Lynne Clendenin, VP, Programming (email)

Dave Davis, VP, TV Production (email)

Mary Gardner, Director, TV Programming (email)

Jan Heskiss, Chief Financial Officer (email)

Rebecca Morris, General Counsel (email)

Lynne Pollard, VP, Digital Services (email)

Debbie Rotich, Chief Administration Officer (email)

OPB BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair: Keith Mobley

Vice Chair: Jim Huston

Secretary/Treasurer: Linda Hoffman

Board Members:

  • Betsy Cramer
  • Debra Derr
  • Bobbie Dore Foster
  • Tinker Hatfield
  • Pamela Jones
  • Jenn Lynch
  • Gary Maffei
  • Romy Mortensen
  • Emily Powell
  • Ron Saxton
  • Elizabeth Schwartz
  • Howard Shapiro
  • Jenny Ulum
  • Al Vermeulen
  • Fred Ziari

Ex-Officio: Steven M. Bass

CAB Chair: Jack McGowan

OPB Board Liaison: Rad Probst (email)

OPB COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

Chair: Jack McGowan

Board Members:

  • Jesse Beason
  • Beth Berselli
  • Ronault LS Catalani (Polo)
  • Charlie Dolezal
  • Charles Hudson
  • Marty Jones
  • Gian Paul Morelli
  • Dawn Rasmussen
  • Jane Rosen
  • Karen Wheeler

OPB Staff Liaison: Rad Probst

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING SCHEDULE

All meetings are open to the public and held at OPB unless otherwise noted. The schedule below is subject to change. Please contact us to confirm meeting times and dates or to get more information.

  • Friday, March 6, 2015, 11:45 am
  • Friday, June 5, 2015, 11:45 am
  • Friday, September 18, 2015, 11:45 am
  • Friday, December 4, 2015, 11:45 am
  • Friday, March 4, 2016, 11:45 am
  • Friday, June 10, 2016, 11:45 am
BOARD OF DIRECTORS COMMITTEE MEETING SCHEDULE

The schedule below is subject to change. Committee meetings are often conducted in executive session and therefore may not always be open to the public. Please contact us for more information.

AUDIT COMMITTEE

  • Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 10 am

COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

  • TBD

Development committee

  • TBD

FINANCE & INVESTMENT COMMITTEE

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015, 12 pm
  • Friday, May 15, 2015, 12 pm
  • Friday, September 11, 2015, 12 pm
  • Friday, November 13, 2015, 12 pm

GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE

  • TBD

HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

  • TBD

STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE

  • TBD
MILESTONES IN OPB HISTORY

1922

KFDJ-AM radio is created as part of a physics experiment at Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University, in Corvallis.

1930s

KFDJ becomes KOAC, with studios in Covell Hall at Oregon State University.

1957

OPB’s first television station, KOAC-TV, goes on the air.

EARLY 1960s

Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. transfers ownership of its FM frequency to OPB and KOAP-FM (now KOPB) begins broadcasting.

1979

The Oregon Commission on Public Broadcasting is established. In 1981 OPB leaves the Department of Higher Education and becomes an independent state agency.

1988

OPB moves into its new facility on SW Macadam Avenue after its successful building campaign.

1989

Oregon Considered, OPB's own Pacific Northwest news magazine, is first broadcast.

EARLY 1990s

Membership exceeds 100,000.

1990

Oregon Field Guide begins production.

1993

OPB becomes a private, nonprofit corporation with ongoing financial support from the State of Oregon.

1997

OPB Radio's program format is refined to include more news and information.

OPB installs Oregon’s first digital transmitter, taking a critical first step in the digital television transition.

2000

Oregon Art Beat begins production.

2002

OPB's World of Learning Digital Campaign raises $22 million.

OPB loses all state funding.

2003

History Detectives season 1 premieres for PBS.

2005

OPB brings StoryCorps -- a national project inspiring Americans to record one another's stories in sound -- to Portland. Local residents visit the mobile StoryBooth to share their stories for broadcast on OPB Radio and preservation at the Library of Congress.

2006

Oregon Experience, OPB's local television series exploring key people, places and events in our state's history, premieres.

OPB, FRONTLINE and the Oregonian join forces to examine the methamphetamine epidemic through television specials (FRONTLINE: The Meth Epidemic, Meth: The Oregon Front), radio programs and online resources.

2007

OPB TV celebrates its 50th anniversary.

OPBnews.org -- an expanded news and information Web site -- launches.

OPB invites community members from around the Northwest to help cover the news by signing up for the Public Insight Network.

2008

opbmusic.org, an online music service encouraging conversation and connection between OPB and our community of local music fans, launches.

Think Out Loud, OPB's local online and daily radio broadcast, premieres.

KOPB-AM (1600) Eugene begins providing OPB Radio's news and information service.

OPB and its community partners begin a statewide, multiplatform campaign to increase awareness about the impact of invasive species, featuring The Silent Invasion: An Oregon Field Guide Special, aninvasive species online hotline and numerous outreach opportunities.

Time Team USA, a new archaeology program for PBS, begins production.

2009

OPB receives the duPont-Columbia University Award, one of the most prestigious national honors in the field of broadcast journalism, forThe Silent Invasion: An Oregon Field Guide Special. The documentary illustrates how invasive species are changing the environment in Oregon, and focuses on ways people can work together to make a difference to native fish and wildlife resources, Oregon's economy and quality of life. The program's premiere in April 2008 marked the kickoff of the ongoing "Stop the Invasion" campaign that encourages community partners and citizens to collaborate in their efforts to take action against invasive species.

OPB switches to all-digital broadcasting of its full-power television stations.

2010

OPB and its community partners share the voices, ideas and stories of rural Oregonians through the Rural Economy Project, which includes OPB Radio and news stories, along with extensive online resources.

OPB receives a $1.4 million two-year grant from CPB to direct a consortium of public broadcasting stations in the Northwest (with reporters in Portland, Seattle, Pullman, Boise and Medford) that will become the region's primary source of environmental coverage.

2011

OPB expands its multimedia arts coverage with the launch of Arts & Life on OPB.org.

OPB launches EarthFix, a public media partnership with reporters in Portland, Seattle, Pullman, Boise and Medford, to provide multimedia coverage of regional environmental issues.

Through a partnership with OPB, Literary Arts and the National Book Foundation, the finalists for the National Book Awards were announced live on public radio for the first time. The announcement was broadcast on Think Out Loud, as well as carried by a live video stream and blog. The initiative won first place in the Innovation Award (Online) category from the Society of Professional Journalists.

2012

OPB receives a $1 million commitment from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation in support of coverage of the arts, culture and history, with a special focus on developing younger and more diverse audiences.

OPB receives a $750,000 commitment from the Robert D. and Marcia H. Randall Charitable Trust to support OPB's educational programming serving learners of all ages throughout Oregon and southwest Washington.

2013

OPB launches State of Wonder, a new weekly arts and culture program airing on Saturdays on OPB Radio. Developed by a grant from the Paul G. Allen Foundation, the program brings to life the week’s show-stopping stories, ideas and must-see happenings in visual arts, theater, music, literature, culture and more.

OPB establishes The Northwest News Partnership, which brings together news coverage from more than 40 news organizations across Oregon and Washington. This network gives communities across the region greater access to local news right where they live.

Oregon Field Guide, OPB's longest-running local production, celebrates 25 years on air. The season premiered with a dedicated special on the largest-known glacier cave system in the lower 48 states, located on Oregon's Mount Hood. The program was one part of OPB's multiplatform storytelling, which also included a multimedia website and a series of reports from EarthFix and on OPB Radio.

CPB Annual Financial Report Radio 2013 (PDF)

CPB Annual Financial Report TV 2013 (PDF)

OPB Local Content & Service Report 2013 (PDF)

EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM

OPB has been designated the “State Primary” for the Emergency Alert System, initiating messages informing other broadcasters, viewers and listeners of a wide variety of emergencies including tsunamis, floods and Amber Alerts.

OPB PUBLIC FILES

Access OPB Public Files for Television

Main Studio Address for KOPB-TV, KEPB-TV, KOAB-TV, KOAC-TV and KTVR:

7140 SW Macadam Avenue, Portland, OR 97219
Phone: 503.244.9900
Email: publicfiles@opb.org

Accessibility Services:
Any person with disabilities who requires assistance with access to the OPB Public Files may call 503.244.9900 or email publicfiles@opb.orgwith inquiries.

WEBSITE CREDITS

Three multimedia icons used throughout our articles and main pages are available through the Creative Commons license: "Video Camera" symbol by Anas Ramadan, “Camera” symbol by Dave Tappy, and "Headphones" symbol, from Noun Project collection.

The "Android" icon on our news index page was designed by David Ferreira for WPZOOM, and is protected by the Creative Commons 3 license.

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