FROM OUR PRESIDENT:
There have been a lot of exciting things happening at OPB lately.
Our longest-running show, Oregon Field Guide, premiered its new season with one of the biggest stories in program history—an adventure that brought you into newly-discovered glacier caves on Mt. Hood—thought to be the largest ice cave system in the continental U.S. If you didn't catch it, watch it online and be sure to visit our stunning multimedia site to learn the whole story. That’s just the beginning of a season packed with amazing stories.
Oregon Art Beat is back celebrating its 15th season. We’ve got some big things planned in the spring to commemorate all of the amazing artists who have been featured on the show over the years. Stay tuned for more details on that soon.
Of course, you can also look forward to a rich array of other television programs in the coming new year, including the premiere of Downton Abbey's fourth season on January 5th.
This fall, we were also thrilled to see the release of the The Oregon Values and Beliefs study, in which OPB was a sponsor. The study gathered input from more than 9,000 Oregonians on topics such as education, healthcare, the environment and public transportation. As a public media organization, OPB is at the forefront of understanding the issues that matter to Oregonians. This is why we continue to deliver the most trustworthy, in-depth information and news reporting on topics that affect communities across the region.
We continue to bolster our news operation by playing a more central role in the regional news ecosystem. The Northwest News Partnership we created is one way we’re achieving this, as it allows us to expand our ability to report on issues that reach across the state and region. We now bring together great stories from nearly 40 news organizations across Oregon and Washington. By giving our audience greater access to news right in their communities, we believe this will help build a better-informed region.
Along with news, we are also expanding our arts and culture programming with the launch of our new radio show State of Wonder on November 2. Airing on Saturdays at noon, this playful, curious and informative program is hosted by our very own April Baer and will bring you the essential stories, ideas and must-see happenings in the world of arts and culture. Be sure to listen!
I thank you for your support of OPB to make all this possible.
Steven M. Bass
President and CEO
Oregon Public Broadcasting: giving voice to the community, connecting Oregon and its neighbors, illuminating a wider world.
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)
Mike Foti, VP, Engineering (email)
Mary Gardner, Director, TV Programming (email)
Jan Heskiss, Chief Financial Officer (email)
Rebecca Morris, VP, Legal Affairs (email)
Lynne Pollard, VP, Digital Services (email)
Debbie Rotich, VP, HR and Administration (email)
OPB BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair: Keith Mobley
Vice Chair: Jim Huston
Secretary/Treasurer: Linda Hoffman
- Betsy Cramer
- Debra Derr
- Bobbie Foster
- Avel Gordly
- Tinker Hatfield
- Dian Hilliard
- Pamela Jones
- Sydney Joyner
- Gary Maffei
- Mitchell Moore
- 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
- Beth Berselli
- Charlie Dolezal
- Charles Hudson
- Gian Morelli
- Dawn Rasmussen
- Jane Rosen
- Karen Wheeler
OPB Board Liaisons: Avel Gordly, Dian Hilliard
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.
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 11:45 am
- Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 11:45 am
- Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 11:45 am
- Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 11:45 am
- Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 11:45 am
- Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 11:45 am
- Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 11:45 am
BOARD 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.
- Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 2 pm
COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013, 11:45 am
FINANCE & INVESTMENT COMMITTEE
- Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 12 pm
- Thursday, May 15, 2014, 12 pm
- Thursday, September 4, 2014, 12 pm
- Friday, November 14, 2014, 12 pm
HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
MILESTONES IN OPB HISTORY
KFDJ-AM radio is created as part of a physics experiment at Oregon Agricultural College, now Oregon State University, in Corvallis.
KFDJ becomes KOAC, with studios in Covell Hall at Oregon State University.
OPB’s first television station, KOAC-TV, goes on the air.
Westinghouse Broadcasting Co. transfers ownership of its FM frequency to OPB and KOAP-FM (now KOPB) begins broadcasting.
The Oregon Commission on Public Broadcasting is established. In 1981 OPB leaves the Department of Higher Education and becomes an independent state agency.
OPB moves into its new facility on SW Macadam Avenue after its successful building campaign.
Oregon Considered, OPB's own Pacific Northwest news magazine, is first broadcast.
Membership exceeds 100,000.
Oregon Field Guide begins production.
OPB becomes a private, nonprofit corporation with ongoing financial support from the State of Oregon.
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.
Oregon Art Beat begins production.
OPB's World of Learning Digital Campaign raises $22 million.
OPB loses all state funding.
History Detectives season 1 premieres for PBS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB received 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 received 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.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPB
OPB Member Report (PDF)
CPB Annual Diversity Report, 2013 (PDF)
Annual EEO Report, 2013 (PDF)
Form 990 — FY12
Form 990T — FY12
Independent Auditor's Report and Financial Statement — FY13 (PDF)
CPB Annual Financial Report - Radio 2012 (PDF)
CPB Annual Financial Report - TV 2012 (PDF)
Local Content and Service Report - 2012 (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
Any person with disabilities who requires assistance with access to the OPB Public Files may call 503.244.9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org inquiries.
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