Meet the Staff
Oregon Field Guide
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.
Sarah Jane Rothenfluch
Executive Editor, News
Sarah Jane Rothenfluch is the executive editor of News for OPB and the executive producer of both Think Out Loud and State of Wonder. Sarah has been with OPB since Think Out Loud began in 2008. Recently she's also enjoyed working with April Baer on the creation of the weekly arts show 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.
Oregon Art Beat
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?!"
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.