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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)
Cheryl Ikemiya, VP and Chief Development Officer (email)
Lynne Clendenin, VP, Programming (email)
Dave Davis, VP, TV Production (email)
Mary Gardner, Director, TV Programming (email)
Jan Heskiss, Chief Financial Officer (email)
Paul Loofburrow, Director, Marketing (email)
Rebecca Morris, General Counsel (email)
Debbie Rotich, Chief Administration Officer (email)
Duane Smith, VP, Engineering (email)

OPB Board of Directors

Chair: Jim Huston
Vice Chair: Ron Saxton
Secretary/Treasurer: Linda Hoffman
Rukaiyah Adams
Roger Cooke
Betsy Cramer
Debra Derr
Bobbie Dore Foster
Tinker Hatfield
Pamela Jones
Jenn Lynch
Gary Maffei
Keith Mobley
Romy Mortensen
Emily Powell
Elizabeth Schwartz
Howard Shapiro
William R. Swindells
Amy Tykeson
Jenny Ulum
Al Vermeulen
Fred Ziari

Ex-Officio: Steven M. Bass
CAB Chair: Jack McGowan
OPB Board Liaison: Rad Probst (email)

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 4, 2016, 9 am
Friday, June 10, 2016, 11:45 am
Friday, September 9, 2016, 11:45 am
Friday, December 2, 2016, 9 am
Friday, March 3, 2017, 11:45 am
Friday, June 2, 2017, 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
Tuesday, April 19, 12 pm

Development Committee
Thursday, February 25, 2016, 10:30 am - to be held in executive session dealing with proprietary information

Finance & Investment Committee
Friday, February 19, 2016, 12 pm
Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 12 pm
Thursday, September 8, 2016, 12 pm
Friday, November 18, 2016, 12 pm

Governance Committee

Human Resources Committee

Strategic Planning Committee

OPB Community Advisory Board

Chair: Jack McGowan
Jesse Beason
Beth Berselli
Ronault LS Catalani (Polo)
Avel Gordly
Karin Hedlund
Mary Jaeger
Marty Jones
Gian Paul Morelli
Dan Peterson
Jane Rosen
Shirod Younker

OPB Staff Liaison: Rad Probst

The next CAB meeting is TBD.

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.

EARLY 1960s

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.

EARLY 1990s

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. — 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, 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, an invasive 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, for The 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 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 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.


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.


OPB receives the Northwest Regional Emmy Award for Station Excellence. OPB opens a news bureau in southwest Washington to enhance our capacity to tell the region's most important stories with a focus on cross-border issues, news from Clark County and surrounding counties, and important developments at the state legislature in Olympia.

OPB Editorial Policy adopted 2012

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

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.