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Eric Cain

Eric Cain grew up in Sacramento, earned a degree in Anthropology from U.C. Santa Cruz and moved to Oregon in 1972.

He first came to OPB as a volunteer in the Radio News department, reporting stories and reading a daily newscast. In 1987, he took a job in Television Production and has worked at OPB ever since. Eric has produced segments and programs for just about every show with "Oregon" in the title, including Oregon Field Guide, Oregon Art Beat, The Oregon Story and now Oregon Experience.

He's received a number of awards for his work at OPB, including two regional Emmys for "Best Director" and four more for "Best Documentary."

He's also studied commercial art and music. He has a keen interest in electric guitars, and has built (and taken apart and put back together) quite a few.

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Recent Articles

Environment | NW Life | History | Greetings From The Northwest: August River Adventures

The First Landscape Photos Of The Columbia Gorge

OPB | Aug. 1, 2015 6 a.m.

Two years after the Civil War, an internationally renowned landscape photographer turned his lens to Oregon. The results are breathtaking.

local | NW Life | History | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Mount Tabor Reservoir

OPB | July 6, 2015 midnight | Portland

One of Portland’s many distinctive attributes is its drinking water.  The ordinary tap water here tastes so good that a local company once bottled it under the "Bull Run" label for sale in stores.

local | NW Life | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Tracking The Mystery Train

OPB | Feb. 9, 2015 midnight

Oregon Experience Producer Eric Cain was intrigued by this photo of a logger on a train. Find out what his sleuthing revealed about where and when the photo was taken, as well as what was taking place in the picture.

local | NW Life

Early Salmon Can Labels Reveal Clever Marketing

OPB | Feb. 4, 2015 8:30 a.m.

Columbia River salmon canneries shipped their products to national and international markets, developing dozens of brand names and competing for the most appealing labels. View a slideshow of some of these historic labels.

Oregon Experience


OPB | Jan. 26, 2015 7:30 a.m.

Founded in 1811 by wealthy fur baron John Jacob Astor, Astoria is the oldest United States settlement west of the Rocky Mountains. Learn more about the multifaceted history of this city and where those two centuries of activity have brought Astoria today.

local | NW Life | Oregon Historical Photo Of The Week

Oregon Historical Photo: Outpost Astoria

OPB | Jan. 26, 2015 midnight

Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, though it remains relatively isolated to this day. Find out how its history has been marked by boom times from exploitation of abundant natural resources such as salmon and timber.

Oregon Experience

Ken Kesey

OPB | Jan. 3, 2014 2:30 p.m.

Ken Kesey, author of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1962) and Sometimes a Great Notion (1964), was one of the best-known authors to ever emerge from Oregon. Airing January 20 at 9 p.m.