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Producer, Oregon Field Guide

Ed Jahn

Ed Jahn is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's outdoor documentary show, Oregon Field Guide.

Ed came to OPB in 2000 after several years at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver. He received an Edward R. Murrow award for his documentary work and has won 13 regional Emmy Awards for his work on Oregon Field Guide as well as the outdoor life program, Spirit of Colorado. Ed also won the duPont-Columbia Award for Journalism in 2008 for his work on "The Silent Invasion" and was twice awarded a Society of Environmental Journalists Award for in-depth reporting on the environment.

He has been a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and is an avid bike commuter, gardener and lover of the backcountry.

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Recent Articles

local | NW Life | Recreation

Avalanche Kills Legendary Mt. Bailey Ski Guide, Rick "Oz" Oswald

OPB | March 25, 2016 5:08 p.m. | March 25, 2016

Legendary Mt. Bailey ski guide Rick "Oz" Oswald died last week while guiding clients in the Mt. Bailey backcountry at 57. He was killed while performing avalanche control.

Oregon Field Guide

Oregon River Legend Buzz Holmstrom

OPB | Feb. 25, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Oregon river legend, Buzz Holmstrom, was the first person to run the entire length of the Green and Colorado rivers, including through the Grand Canyon. He died mysteriously from a gunshot while rafting the Grand Ronde.

local | NW Life | Recreation | Oregon Field Guide

Alvord Desert Gliders

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016 midnight

Glider pilots enjoy the thrill and beauty of soaring, without an engine, above the Alvord desert and Steens mountain.

Environment | Land | Communities | Water | local | Science | Oregon Field Guide

Bull Run Quake Science

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016 midnight

New research aims to find out how destructive a Cascadia earthquake would be for Portland's water supply. 

Environment | Climate change | Animals | Land | Oregon Field Guide


OPB | Feb. 11, 2016 midnight

Pikas are the adorable masters of the high country. These potato-sized members of the rabbit family squeak like plush toys and live among the rocks and under deep blankets of snow on the highest cascade peaks. So why are thousands of them living just a few hundred feet above sea level in the Columbia River Gorge?

News | Environment | Economy | NW Life | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Half Of Oregon's Critical Bridges Could Collapse In Quake

OPB | Sept. 25, 2015 midnight

New data compiled by the Oregon Department of Transportation reveals nearly 60 percent of the state's bridges could be impassable after a big earthquake.

Environment | Pacific Ocean | Water | Animals | Land | Oregon Field Guide

Siuslaw Hairy-Necked Beetle

OPB | April 2, 2015 midnight

A story of dune grass, snowy plover protection, bulldozers and beetles. What it takes to save the world's fastest beetle on the Oregon coast.

Environment | Agriculture | Climate change | Water | World | Land use | Oregon Field Guide

Japan's Earthquake: Lessons For Oregon

OPB | March 26, 2015 midnight

Oregon Field Guide travels to Japan nearly four years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami decimated towns along the Japanese coast. We look for lessons Oregon can learn as we prepare for our own Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami.

News | Environment | local | OPB News Blog

Mt. Hood Glacier Cave Featured By Oregon Field Guide Collapses

OPB | March 2, 2015 1:11 p.m. | Portland

One of Mt. Hood's glacier caves, Snow Dragon, has partially collapsed. Sometime between November 2014 and the end of January, the roof caved in near the entrance.

Environment | Land | Transportation | NW Life | Communities | Family | Land use | Oregon Field Guide


OPB | Feb. 18, 2015 10:10 p.m.

Pedal powered "railriders" cruise an abandoned rail line between Joseph and Enterprise, Oregon. It's one of the first legal  excursions of its kind in the country.

News | Environment | local | Unprepared: Will We Be Ready For The Megaquake In Oregon?

Japan Earthquake Holds Lessons For Oregon Coast

OPB | Jan. 27, 2015 8:45 p.m. | Kadonowaki, Japan

Advanced engineering and a location just outside of the tsunami zone allowed the Ishinomaki Red Cross Hospital in Japan to survive the 9.0 magnitude earthquake of March 11, 2011.

Science | Land | Oregon Field Guide

Discovery on Mount Saint Helens

OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 2 a.m. | Mount Saint Helens National Monument

Explorers brave rain and sleet as they launch a five-day expedition into the crater of Mount Saint Helens to search for unexplored glacier caves.

local | NW Life

Field Guide Crew Gets Rare Glimpse Inside Mount St. Helens' Glaciers

OPB | July 1, 2014 7 a.m.

A trip below Mount St. Helens gave the crew of Oregon Field Guide a rare view under the volcano, but the team faced harrowing conditions returning home this weekend.

News | local | Pacific Ocean

50 Years Ago, A Small Taste Of A Pacific Tsunami's Potential Power

OPB | March 27, 2014 midnight | Seaside, Oregon

On March 27, 1964 a massive earthquake devastated parts of Alaska and triggered a tsunami that swept down the West coast, killing 16 people in Oregon and California.

Kayaking 'The Mount Everest' Of Oregon Rivers

OPB | March 19, 2014 2 p.m.

Take a remarkable trip into the depths of Oregon's remote Salmon River Gorge where kayakers plunge down towering waterfalls with no possibility of retreat.

Oregon Field Guide

Kayaking 'The Mount Everest' Of Oregon Rivers

OPB | March 19, 2014 2 p.m.

Take a remarkable trip into the depths of Oregon's remote Salmon River Gorge where kayakers plunge down towering waterfalls with no possibility of retreat.

Arts | local | NW Life

Photographer Brent McGregor Captures The Beauty Of Oregon's Caves

OPB | Oct. 14, 2013 midnight

Brent McGregor has combined his interests in caving and photography, and now he is working on a book documenting caves throughout Oregon.

Oregon Field Guide

OPB | July 10, 2013 5:11 a.m.
Environment | Communities

Husum Falls Becomes Focal Point After Condit Dam Goes Down

OPB | Oct. 27, 2011 6:30 p.m.

Condit Dam was destroyed on Wednesday. That means salmon should be returning soon to the base of Husum Falls, upstream from where Condit recently blocked the White Salmon River. Yakama tribal fishermen are excited about fishing the falls again. But some recreational river runners are worried the tribe might soon erect fishing platforms and scaffolding across Husum Falls.

Environment | Water

Author: Willamette 'A River Of The People'

OPB | Oct. 24, 2011 9:03 a.m.

Dams are coming down at an historic pace in the Northwest in order to restore free-flowing rivers. One of the largest, The Condit Dam, is scheduled to be breached Wednesday. Oregon Field Guide's Ed Jahn recently joined nature writer Tim Palmer, paddling one river that's surprisingly free flowing for long stretches already —- the Willamette.