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Vince Patton


Vince Patton was a producer for OPB's outdoor documentary show, Oregon Field Guide.

Previously, Vince worked in television news for 27 years in Portland, Dallas, Denver and Wichita, Kansas.

He has won nine Emmy Awards, including five for his work at OPB, and more than two dozen regional and national journalism honors from American Association for the Advancement of Science, Scripps Howard, ACE, SEJ and CINE. In 2003, he was one of a dozen U.S. journalists chosen for a prestigious Knight Wallace Fellowship for a year of study at the University of Michigan.

Vince has a degree from the University of Missouri.

Vince is an avid nature photographer whose images have won honors from the Oregonian and the Oregon State Fair and have been featured in OPB member guides and calendars.  Vince retired from OPB in the spring of 2016. 

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Recent Articles

Animals | Land | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Backyard Habitat

OPB | March 24, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Setting up backyard habitat sounds nice, but does it really make an ecological difference?

Oregon Field Guide

2nd Grade Day At The Bay

OPB | March 24, 2016 8:30 p.m.

2nd grade day at the bay is a tradition in Tillamook where hands-on learning meets the sea.

Environment | Sustainability | Water | Land | Agriculture | Oregon Field Guide

1 Million Plants In A Year

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

A bold project aims to plant 1 million trees and shrubs in a single year in urban and rural Oregon.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Swan Transplants

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Biologists relocate young trumpeter swans from Alaska and Wyoming to boost populations in Oregon.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Monarchs And Milkweed

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016 8:30 p.m.

Oregonians help monarch butterflies with the one plant they need to survive: milkweed.

Recreation | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Waterfall Hunters Surpass Goal Of 365 Waterfalls In A Year

OPB | Nov. 19, 2015 8:30 p.m.

A couple sets out to see 365 waterfalls in a year but instead finds 500.

NW Life | Recreation | Oregon Field Guide

Tenkara Popularity Grows in U.S. As Anglers Try Japanese Fly-fishing

OPB | Nov. 12, 2015 8:30 p.m.

Ancient, simple fly-fishing from Japan called Tenkara becomes popular in the U.S.

NW Life | Water | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Lost Lake Disappears Down Three Holes Into Subterranean River

OPB | Nov. 12, 2015 8:30 p.m.

A lake in the Cascades has several holes in it that look and act like bathtub drains.  

Oregon Field Guide

Sea Lion Surge Prompts High Tech Tracking, Hazing & Killings

OPB | Nov. 5, 2015 8:30 p.m.

The government responds to sea lions eating salmon with severe measures.

Fish & Wildlife | Animals | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Frogs Find Way To Live In Middle Of Southeast Oregon Desert

OPB | Oct. 29, 2015 8:30 p.m.

Columbia Spotted Frogs require full time water yet find a way to live in the desert.

local | Land | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Animals | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Portland Area Learns To Live With Urban Beavers

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015 8:30 p.m.

There's a beaver boom all around Portland. Local agencies let them stay where they are.

Land use | Environment | Land | Agriculture | Oregon Field Guide

Pasta And Doughnut Machines Reinvent Range Restoration with Sagebrush Tortellini

OPB | Oct. 15, 2015 8:30 p.m.

How can a pasta machine help sagebrush landscapes grow back after fire?

Land use | Fish & Wildlife | Land | Environment | Oregon Field Guide

Wildlife Crossings Reduce Collisions And Save Lives

OPB | Oct. 8, 2015 8:30 p.m.

Oregon's first wildlife crossing saves lives of deer and drivers. Now ODOT plans another crossing.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment

Video Offers First Glimpse Of Cormorant Killings On Columbia River

OPB | Sept. 23, 2015 4:12 p.m.

The public is getting its first glimpse of the government’s killing of thousands of sea birds near Astoria.

local | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | News | Environment

Why Are Humpback Whales In The Columbia River?

OPB | Sept. 22, 2015 2:46 p.m.

Humpback whales have been spotted in the Columbia River just downstream of the bridge to Washington.

NW Life | News | Environment | Greetings From The Northwest: Under The Weather

How Oregon Rivers Carried Millions Of Trees

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

Trucks carry most of Oregon's lumber out of the woods on forest roads. But before that was possible, the timber industry primarily relied on the river — some of which are still recovering.

Fish & Wildlife | Animals | News | Environment

Two Sea Lions Die In Trap At Bonneville Dam

OPB | May 1, 2015 4:15 p.m.

Two California sea lions died in a trap at Bonneville Dam after what officials say was a mechanical malfunction.

local | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment | OPB News Blog

'Yuck! This Tastes Like Wood!': Predators Fooled By Lark Decoys

OPB | March 26, 2015 1:30 p.m. | Portland

Since 2009, Metro has placed streaked horned lark decoys in the restored St. Johns Prairie to attract the federally threatened species. But instead of wooing the bird, the decoys have lured some seriously baffled predators.

NW Life | local | Flora and Fauna | Oregon Field Guide

A Year In The Portland Rose Garden

OPB | March 25, 2015 8:46 a.m.

Follow a year in the Portland Rose Garden with the man who has tended it for two decades.

Land use | NW Life | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Sports | Oregon Field Guide

Ross Island: History & Present

OPB | March 20, 2015 7:56 p.m.

Visit Ross Island, and find out why this new Portland park is not open to the public.