Jo Mancuso worked for the San Francisco Examiner for 20 years, on the news/copy desk, for the Sunday magazine and as editor of the weekly food and home sections. She also did feature-writing for the paper and won a Society of Professional Journalists award for best feature story (print). Previously she worked for the Oregonian, Oregon Journal and Idaho Free Press. She graduated from the University of Oregon.
Jo has accumulated quite a few artworks of Oregon and Northern California landscapes, many of unknown provenance. She has assigned a different subject to each of 12 walls in her home. The only completed display, in the kitchen above the range, features nine depictions of Crater Lake, including a 1957 black-and-white Kodak snapshot with the curator standing in the foreground.
No kale or crickets in our snackalicious Super Bowl recipe lineup. Share these yummy, mostly indulgent treats from local chefs on game day.
Oregon celebrates its 157th birthday on Feb. 14. But the journey to become the 33rd state in the Union was tumultuous.
Before urban renewal in the 1960s brought development and a freeway, South Portland was a diverse neighborhood whose immigrant populations included Sephardic Jews.
Expansion of the Southern Pacific Railroad into Oregon brought population growth and development but also created opportunities for crime, including the infamous so-called “Last Great Train Holdup” of 1923.
NW Life | Renewable energy | History | localOPB | Nov. 30, 2015 midnight
During World War II, the government urged Americans to conserve resources such as gasoline and rubber to support the country’s military effort. This poster was intended to inspire patriotism and persuade people to join “car-sharing clubs.”
Linus Pauling, the brilliant chemist and humanitarian who grew up and attended college in Oregon, is the only person in history to win two unshared Nobel Prizes.
NW Life | Arts | History | EntertainmentOPB | Oct. 19, 2015 midnight
Eighty years after an English professor organized three days of Shakespeare performances in Ashland, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has become the country’s largest repertory theater, drawing audiences mostly from out of town.
In the midst of the Great Depression, an English professor organized three days of Shakespeare performances in Ashland. Eighty years later, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival has become the city’s economic mainstay.
Most photographs capturing rural Oregon’s frontier era were carelessly discarded long ago. But one man’s vast collection brings new insights into everyday life in Southern Oregon at the turn of the 20th century.
Southern Oregon’s Crater Lake is a bright gem in our National Park system. One man led the long fight to protect it from private development.
A small group of early- to mid-20th century artists connected to the Portland Art Museum developed variations on a modernist regional style and paved the way for today’s rich, flourishing art scene.
In 1967, a threat to public access for recreational use of Oregon’s ocean beaches mobilized citizens, sparking the fiercest legislative battle in the state’s history. Could landowners erect barriers to create private beaches?
Could Southeast Oregon’s ancient caves hold secrets of the first human settlements in the Americas? Archaeologist Luther Cressman's groundbreaking discoveries in the 1930s upset long-held beliefs and continue to affect science profoundly.