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Pat Kruis


Pat Kruis came to Portland in 1983 to work as a reporter for KGW-TV, the NBC affiliate in town. The job gave her a front-row seat and behind-the-scenes access to many of the events and people that shaped Oregon. For the past five years, Pat has shined the spotlight on OPB’s national productions like Time Team America and History Detectives. Whenever possible, Pat produces stories for Arts & Life, Oregon Field Guide and Oregon Art Beat.

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Recent Articles

local | NW Life

The Moko Returns: More Than A Tattoo

OPB | July 24, 2013 midnight

After hundreds of years, more Northwest Native American women are returning to the cultural face markings traditional to their tribes.

Food | local | NW Life

Siletz Confederated Tribes Hold 'First Salmon' Feast

OPB | July 11, 2013 7:15 a.m.

Recently tribal members gathered on the banks of the Rogue River for a "First Salmon" ceremony, then celebrated with a feast of salmon slow-cooked around a pit of embers.

Environment | Water

First Salmon Brings Hope To Southern Oregon Tribes

OPB | July 3, 2013 4 a.m.

Tribes in Southern Oregon celebrated the first salmon of the year, hoping for improvement of local salmon runs.

Environment | local | NW Life

Birth Of A River: A Hike To Boundary Springs

OPB | March 5, 2013 7:15 a.m.

A hike to Boundary Springs takes you to the exhilarating headwaters of the Rogue River.

Arts | local | NW Life

Peggy O'Neal & Larry Watson Create Historical Art For Museums

OPB | Feb. 11, 2013 7:15 a.m.

The couple are as much historians as artists, creating fascinating dioramas for museums and interpretive centers.

local | NW Life

Agnes Pilgrim, International Grandmother, Advocates for Clean Water

OPB | Feb. 7, 2013 7:15 a.m.

Agnes Pilgrim is a Takelma tribe elder and member of the International Council of 13 Grandmothers, which provides her with a vast platform for her message about clean water.

NW Life | Books

Rogue River Inspired Author Zane Grey

OPB | Feb. 6, 2013 7 a.m.

World-famous author Zane Grey, best known for his Western frontier novels, loved the Rogue River in southern Oregon and spent many summers writing and fishing along its banks.

Science | Technology | NW Life

Mining For Gold In The Rogue River Valley

OPB | Feb. 4, 2013 7 a.m.

A modern-day gold miner and historian explains the history and legacy of gold mining on the Rogue River in Oregon.