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Beth Hyams


Beth Hyams is an editor with OPB News. She's been with OPB since 1993, and served as the station's All Things Considered host and newscaster for more than 20 years. Before joining OPB, she was volunteer coordinator at KBOO-FM. Beth got her start in radio as a reporter and anchor at KPFA, Berkeley. She was associate producer with the public TV documentarian Loni Ding in San Francisco. Beth graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in English and American literature. Beth is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii.

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News | local

Portland Tea Entrepreneur Steven Smith Dies

OPB | March 24, 2015 8:28 a.m. | Portland

Tazo Tea co-founder Steven Smith has died of cancer, according to his company, Steven Smith Teamaker. He was 65.

News

Chief Mike Reese To Retire From Portland Police

OPB | Oct. 7, 2014 11:29 a.m.

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced today that he plans to retire from the bureau. 

local | NW Life

Fireworks Restrictions Grow Stricter In Vancouver

OPB | June 27, 2014 2:40 p.m.

The Fourth of July will be a bit different for residents of Vancouver, Washington, this year, at least when it comes to fireworks.

News | local

Q&A: Two Bulls Fire Update

OPB | June 9, 2014 4:44 p.m. | Bend, Oregon

About 10 and a half square miles of forest have burned just a few miles west of Bend in the Two Bulls Fires since Saturday.

Body Of Fallen Climber Found On Mount Hood

OPB | May 13, 2014 8:57 a.m.

The body of a climber who fell on Mount Hood Tuesday morning has been located.

News | local | Washington Landslide

Q&A: New List Of Missing Persons Expected In Washington Landslide

OPB | March 25, 2014 4:37 p.m. | Arlington, Washington

Authorities say they expect to have an updated list soon of how many people are still unaccounted for after Saturday's huge mudslide in Washington

News | local | Politics

Q&A: Legislators Ready To Call It A Day

OPB | March 7, 2014 5:06 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The Oregon Legislature wrapping up its 2014 session.  Lawmakers largely steered clear of hot-button social issues and instead focused on minor policy changes and adjusting state agency budgets.

Environment | local

Gov. Kitzhaber Declares Drought Emergency In 4 Oregon Counties

OPB | Feb. 14, 2014 11:30 a.m.

Gov. John Kitzhaber declared drought emergencies Friday in four southern Oregon counties.  Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur counties are affected. 

Education | local

Q&A: Understanding Oregon's New Kindergarten Assessments

OPB | Jan. 31, 2014 4:36 p.m.

For the first time, Oregon has a statewide picture of what its youngest students know. The new kindergarten assessment results released Friday show that kids' skills vary widely.

local

Suspicious Device Removed From Steps Of Portland Food Pantry

OPB | Jan. 6, 2014 1:43 p.m.

After Portland police called a bomb squad about a suspicious device, the object was taken away to be examined and destroyed.

News | local

OSP Celebrates No Traffic Deaths Over New Year's Holiday

OPB | Jan. 2, 2014 2:37 p.m. | Portland

The Oregon State Police recorded no traffic deaths during the New Year's holiday.  The agency says it's the third time since 1970 that no one died on the roads over New Year's.

News | local | Health

No Fatalities On Oregon Roads Over Christmas Holiday Period

OPB | Dec. 26, 2013 1:35 p.m.

Preliminary numbers show that no one died in Oregon traffic crashes over the Christmas holiday period. 

local

Q&A: State Moves Forward On Elliott Forest Sale

OPB | Dec. 11, 2013 2:25 p.m.

The state is moving forward with a plan to put about 2,700 acres of the Elliott state forest up for auction. Beth Hyams spoke with reporter Amelia Templeton about the plan Tuesday.

News | Forestry | local

Q&A: The Wyden O&C Plan

OPB | Nov. 26, 2013 4:02 p.m.

Finding the right mix of conservation and logging has been a tricky balancing act for Northwest politicians for many years.

Q&A: 25 Years Later Murder Of Mulugeta Seraw Still Weighs On Portland

OPB | Nov. 13, 2013 4 p.m. | Portland

Twenty-five years ago a gang of racist skinheads killed an Ethiopian student named Mulugeta Seraw on the streets of Portland.  The crime drew national attention.

local | Politics

Q&A: No Charges Filed After Cogen Investigation

OPB | Nov. 8, 2013 4:30 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Justice has decided not to file criminal charges against former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen.

local | Politics

Q & A: Oregon's Upcoming Special Legislative Session

OPB | Sept. 18, 2013 4:34 p.m.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber said Wednesday he's calling lawmakers back to Salem for a special session later this month.

Education | News | local

Q&A: Crucial Meetings Coming In Portland Teachers' Contract Negotiations

OPB | Sept. 5, 2013 4:29 p.m. | Portland

Portland teachers have been in talks with the state's largest school district for 140 days. At 150 days, Portland Public Schools could go into mediation -- the first step on a long path toward a potential teacher strike.

Sounds Of Summer

Sounds Of Summer: Music Drifting Over The Fence

OPB | Aug. 30, 2013 10 a.m.

Summer is my favorite season -- the shorts, the sandals, the open windows, the tomatoes and dahlias. And summer's a time of shared music.

Arts | local

Smoke Prompts Ashland's OSF To Cancel Second Outdoor Show

OPB | July 31, 2013 3:37 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Smoke from wildfires has now caused the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to cancel two outdoor performances.