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OPB Hires New VP of Engineering and Two Award-Winning, On-Air Hosts


OPB today announced new additions to its staff in both Engineering and Radio.
 
Duane Smith joins the organization as the new vice president of Engineering, John Sepulvado as OPB’s new Weekend Edition host and Kate Davidson as OPB’s new All Things Considered host.


 “We are thrilled to welcome Duane, John and Kate to OPB, who will be tremendous assets in furthering our ability to create, curate and distribute powerful content and programming across the region, said Steve Bass, OPB president and CEO. “We’re excited about the contributions they will bring as we move OPB in the future with even more fascinating storytelling.”

Duane Smith – Vice President of Engineering
Smith joins OPB as its new vice president of Engineering. He previously was vice president and chief operating officer of JCT Services, a subsidiary of WJCT, a public broadcasting station in Jacksonville, Florida. Smith served in a variety of engineering and technology roles at WJCT for more than 17 years. JCT Services provides master control services to eleven public television stations across the nation. Smith also serves on the PBS Engineering and Technology Advisory Committee, which provides guidance on critical technology issues.

Smith also served in the US Navy for 10 years as an electronics technician and electronics maintenance supervisor at the Naval Radio Transmitting Facility and aboard the USS Stump and the USS Gettysburg.

John Sepulvado – Host, Weekend Edition
Sepulvado joins OPB as its new host of Weekend Edition, and will make his debut on the OPB Radio airwaves in the new year.

Prior to joining OPB, Sepulvado was a consulting producer for American Public Media’s Marketplace Weekend. He also previously served as the Ireland Correspondent for Public Radio International’s The World, covering the emergence of new radical and terrorist groups in Northern Ireland.

He also worked for CNN as a National and European Correspondent, where he won a Peabody Award for his coverage of the BP oil spill.
 
In addition to his Peabody Award, Sepulvado has won two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Award, an Associated Press (AP) Award, and three Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) Awards.
 
He’s a graduate of Florida A&M and was a Heath Journalism Fellow at the Annenberg School of Journalism at University of Southern California.
 
Kate Davidson – Host, All Things Considered
Davidson joins OPB as the new All Things Considered host, and can be heard on OPB Radio in the new year. She most recently served as a reporter for American Public Media’s Marketplace covering the economy. She has also been an associate producer for NPR, where she researched, produced, and edited host interviews and field pieces for the weekend edition of All Things 
Considered. She also produced national desk field coverage of the BP oil spill.

Among her awards, she received the 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award and National Headliners recognition for a team series on changes in manufacturing. She also received the 2006 National Edward R. Murrow Award for network documentary.
 
Davidson holds both a M.S. in Journalism and a Certificate in Economics and Business Journalism from Columbia University. She also holds a master’s degree in Journalism through the Graduate School of Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. Her B.A. is in English from Yale University.
 


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OPB is a premier provider of news and intelligent entertainment across the Northwest region. Delivering in-depth arts, culture and environment content, OPB connects communities and reaches more than 1.5 million people each week through television, radio, the Internet, and on mobile devices. OPB is one of the most supported public media organizations in the country, with members across Oregon and southern Washington. For more information, please visit www.opb.org. 
 

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