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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

Environment | NW Life | local | 2016: The Year In Review

'Oregon Field Guide's' Favorite Destinations Of 2016

OPB | Dec. 26, 2016 5 a.m.

Revisit some of the greatest destinations captured on video by the "Oregon Field Guide" crew in 2016.

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Wenaha River Packrafting

OPB | Nov. 10, 2016 8:30 p.m.

A multi-day packrafting expedition through the heart of the little-known Wenaha wilderness.

Oregon Field Guide

Who's Watching Oregon's Wildlife

OPB | Nov. 3, 2016 8:30 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a mission to protect all species in the state. But even by its own admission … it’s failing 

Animals | Business | News | Education | Nation | Fish & Wildlife | Land | Family | Communities

Crossing The Urban-Rural Divide: 8 Years Later

OPB | Oct. 26, 2016 3:02 p.m.

The kids profiled by Oregon Field Guide in 2009 for the special, “Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide” are now young adults participating in elections, gun control debates and civic issues across the state and the county.

Oregon Field Guide

Crossing The Urban-Rural Divide: 8 Years Later

OPB | Oct. 27, 2016 8:30 p.m.

The kids profiled by Oregon Field Guide in 2009 for the special, “Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide” are now young adults participating in elections, gun control debates and civic issues across the state and the county.

Environment | NW Life | Business | News | Energy | Technology | Nation | Water | Health | World | Uncategorized | Economy

VIDEO: Being A Columbia River Bar Pilot

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 3:55 p.m.

Complaining about the weather? Imagine being a Columbia River bar pilot when the weather goes south! 

Oregon Field Guide

Columbia River Bar Pilots

OPB | Oct. 20, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Bar pilots brave weather & dangerous seas as they help commercial ships navigate the treacherous Columbia bar.

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Mecate Rope Makers

OPB | Oct. 13, 2016 8:30 p.m.

98 year old Frankie Dugal carries on a ranch tradition of horse-hair “mecate” ropemaking and is passing it on to the next generation in the southeast Oregon town of Jordan Valley.

Water | News | Recreation | NW Life | local | Oregon Field Guide

John Day River Paddleboarding

OPB | Oct. 6, 2016 midnight

A stand-up paddleboard adventure down the John Day River, the longest undammed river in Oregon.

Recreation | NW Life | local

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.

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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.

Recreation | NW Life | local | 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 | Water | Land | Communities | Science | local | 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. 

Climate change | Environment | Land | Animals | 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?

Environment | News | NW Life | Economy | 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 | Water | Land | Animals | Pacific Ocean | 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 | Climate change | World | Water | Land use | Agriculture | 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.

Environment | News | 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 | NW Life | Land use | Land | Transportation | Family | Communities | 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.

Environment | News | 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.