Meet The Staff

OPB Management

Steve Bass

President and CEO

Steven Bass serves as president and chief executive officer of Oregon Public Broadcasting since January 1, 2006. An independent, non-profit organization, OPB operates a network of a fifteen radio stations providing news & information, a full-time jazz station operated in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College and five television stations and dozens of translators that provide broadcast service to 85% of Oregon’s population as well as a significant number in Southwest Washington.

During his tenure, OPB established Earthfix, a CPB-funded local journalism center with six public broadcasting partners covering the environment and the Northwest News Partnership, which is a collaborative content-sharing partnership with nearly 40 newspapers, television and radio stations, and other media in the region.
OPB’s work has been recognized with the most prestigious awards for journalism in recent years. In 2009, OPB was awarded the prestigious DuPont-Columbia journalism award for the television documentary, The Silent Invasion. In 2010, OPB was awarded a Peabody Award for its radio series, Hard Times. Both of these programs were produced in, about and for Oregon.

Serving previously as founding president & CEO of Nashville Public Television for seven years, he oversaw that station’s transition from government ownership to become an independent, non-profit public television station. While at NPT, he served as executive producer of Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues, which was broadcast on PBS in June 2004 as part of the American Masters series and in December 2004 on the BBC Arena series, and released on home video by Universal.

Prior to joining NPT, Bass served as vice president & manager of television stations for WGBH/Boston, where he led the development of the nightly news program, Greater Boston, that remains on the air to this day. Prior to his service with WGBH, Bass spent nine years with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Washington, DC.

He served as chairman of the board of the Association of Public Television Stations, and a member of the board of directors of National Public Radio. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Public Radio International, the Oregon Symphony, the Oregon East Symphony, and Portland Summer Ensembles. Outside of work, he is an active freelance clarinetist playing with the Vancouver (WA) Symphony Orchestra, the Oregon East Symphony, the Siletz Bay Music Festival and others. His work appears on the September 2013 CD “Get Happy” with Pink Martini.

He holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with majors in economics and music. He also holds a Master of Arts in business from the University of Wisconsin's Graduate School of Business.
He and his wife, Sara, have two daughters.

Dan Metziga

Senior Vice President, Development and Marketing

Dan Metziga has been with OPB 13 years, originally serving as vice president of Development, and later promoted to senior vice president of  Development and Marketing. The department as a whole raises over $16 million annually for support of the annual operation of the station. In addition, OPB's development efforts have been recognized nationally by PBS on many occasions for having the best development operation among all public broadcasting stations. In addition to annual member giving programs, Dan has the overall responsibility for Planned Giving, Corporate Support, Capital Campaign, Leadership Giving and Foundation and Grants support. The Marketing function is responsible for brand, strategy, promotion and communications.     

Dan has spent his entire career working and raising funds for non-profits, including several United Ways and a Symphonic Pops orchestra. Dan enjoys photography and music. He and his wife Senka live in Southwest Portland with their cat Luna.

Lynne Clendenin

Vice President of Programming (Radio / Television)

Lynne Clendenin is vice president of Programming (Radio / Television) for OPB. She is also co-host for OPB TV's Oregon Art Beat and station manager for KMHD Jazz Radio. She is a critical member of a team strategically leading successful radio and television networks toward a multimedia environment for news, information, public affairs and entertainment. Lynne’s previous roles at OPB include producer and executive producer (The Noon Report, Perspectives, Oregon Newsmakers, Oregon Lectures, Oregon Symphony, Portland Arts and Lectures and Back Fence PDX). She serves on the Public Radio Program Directors board (PRPD) which represents public radio stations across the nation. She is committed to growing the strongest services for the communities OPB serves and believes turning challenges into opportunities is key for broadcasters today.

David Davis

Vice President, TV Production

David Davis is vice president of Television Production at Oregon Public Broadcasting, one of the top-producing stations in the Public Broadcasting System. With more than 30 years of experience in film and television, Davis is a long-time producer and executive producer of documentary series and specials for public television including the popular History Detectives series for PBS.

He has three times won a National Emmy for documentary television production. He is also the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, The Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Cine Golden Eagle and the Ohio State Award.

Morgan Holm

Chief Content Officer

Morgan Holm is Chief Content Officer at Oregon Public Broadcasting in Portland. He has served as news director, host, producer and reporter since joining OPB in 1990.

Morgan started out reporting and hosting at Jefferson Public Radio, then moved to KOBI-TV in Medford, OR as a weekend news producer and assignment editor. He graduated summa cum laude from Southern Oregon University with a BA in Communication. During his career at OPB, he was a finalist for the Livingston Young Journalist award, won the National Headliner Award and participated in an International Reporting Project fellowship in Korea. He directed the newsroom as it won the 2009 George F. Peabody award for the series Hard Times.

Oregon Field Guide

Steve Amen

Executive Producer/Host Oregon Field Guide

Steve Amen has been with Oregon Public Broadcasting for more than 30 years. Prior to coming to OPB, he spent seven years in commercial news as a producer, executive producer and news director. Since joining OPB, Amen has also headed up numerous documentary projects, the “Oregon Lens” series and HBO's "Teen Killers: A Second Chance." He has received one national and ten regional Emmys, as well as awards from CINE, The New York Film Festival and The American Film/Video Festival.  In 2014 he was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle, a society honoring media professionals who have made significant contributions to both the television industry and their communities.  Steve also teaches documentary production at Portland State University.

Oregon Art Beat

Jessica Martin

Oregon Art Beat Executive Producer

Jessica Martin, Oregon Art Beat's executive producer, has produced numerous local and national productions for OPB. Her varied repertoire includes work on series such as Oregon Field Guide, The Collectors, and Neat Stuff.Jessica's documentary work includes two award-winning films on aging, as well as historical documentaries, including the award-winning films Rose City Remembered and The Three Rabbis.With Oregon Art Beat, Martin has profiled artists of every stripe from accordion players to abstract painters. With the show going strong for over 10 years now, she's gone from wondering "How many artists can there be in Oregon?" to "How can we ever profile all of the artists on our ever-growing list?!"

Oregon Experience

Nadine Jelsing

Executive Producer

Nadine Jelsing came to OPB with more than twenty years experience working at television stations and production companies across the country. She got her start in television at KING-TV in Seattle.

Nadine has worked on a number of other OPB productions including the educational media series, Rediscovering Biology before joining OPB full time in 2006 to launch Oregon Experience. She’s received several awards for her work on the show including four regional Emmys and a national Gracie Award.

A northwest native, Nadine is delighted to be a part of Oregon Experience telling stories and meeting wonderful people that have helped shape the state.

OPB Radio

Sarah Jane Rothenfluch

Executive Producer, Think Out Loud & State of Wonder

Sarah Jane Rothenfluch is the executive producer of Think Out Loud and State of Wonder. She moved to Portland from San Diego where she worked for the NPR/PBS affiliate, KPBS. During her three years there she worked as the station's special projects producer and as the senior producer of their daily show, These Days. Originally from Canada, Sarah spent a number of years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a producer for numerous national shows, including This Morning, Sunday Morning and Richler on Radio. She also spent five years as a television field producer for TVOntario.

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General Media Inquiries & Image Release:
Kyle Kavas
Public Relations Coordinator
503.977.7751
kkavas@opb.org

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Kelsey Wallace
Marketing Associate
503.293.1933
kwallace@opb.org


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