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April Baer

Host, State of Wonder Host

April Baer hosts the weekly radio arts show, State of Wonder, at Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering how art is made and consumed. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of Morning Edition at OPB

Before coming to OPB in 2004, she worked as a studio engineer, host, reporter and occasional music host at several stations in Ohio.

She earned a degree in communications from Ohio State University.

April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.

Dave Blanchard

Producer, Think Out Loud

Dave Blanchard is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

He came to OPB by way of Seattle's NPR affiliate station KUOW, where he worked for a number of shows including Weekday, The Conversation and Speakers' Forum.

Dave graduated from Whitman College in Walla, Walla with a degree in philosophy in 2009.

Jes Burns

Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local All Things Considered host. Jes has also worked as an editor and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced reports as a freelance producer for NPR, Sirius Radio's OutQ News and The Takeaway.

Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.

Zack Carver-Gustin

Audio Engineer

Zack Carver-Gustin is an audio engineer at Oregon Public Broadcasting for the station's daily talk show, Think Out Loud, and other programs.

Zack began his career with a Boston based audio-visual production company. Since then he has gone on to mix extensive live event content for the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum, CSPAN, and Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR. In 2011 Zack moved to the Pacific Northwest where he eventually joined forces with OPB.

Zack received his degree in audio engineering from the University of Hartford in Connecticut.

When Zack isn’t mixing you can find him running along the Willamette River, exploring Cascade peaks, homebrewing and gawking at vintage Volvos.

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.

Kate Davidson

Host, All Things Considered

Kate Davidson is host of All Things Considered at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Before moving to Oregon, she was a regular contributor to Marketplace, a reporter at Michigan Radio and a producer at NPR in Washington, D.C., her hometown.

Kate has a degree in English from Yale University and a masters from the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow.

Her favorite radio project was an early one: a documentary about the experiences of Navajo children who grew up in white Mormon foster families across the West. That project aired on NPR and won the national Edward R. Murrow award for network documentary. More importantly, though, it cemented her love for radio and deep listening.

Kristian Foden-Vencil

Reporter and Producer

Kristian Foden-Vencil is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He specializes in health care, business, politics, law and public safety. In 2004 he was embedded with the Oregon National Guard in Iraq.

Kristian started as a cub reporter in 1988, working for newspapers in London, England. In 1991 he moved to Oregon and started freelancing. His work has appeared in The Oregonian, the BBC, NPR, the Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America.

Kristian has won a Peabody Award along with awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors.

He graduated from the University of Westminster in London.

Kimberley Freda

Content Manager

Kim Freda is a news content manager at OPB. Kim's career began in television at NBC & ABC affiliate WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia. There, she covered a wide breadth of news, including environmental stories, political corruption and legal issues.

Kim holds a bachelor's degree in broadcast news from West Virginia University.

Allison Frost

Senior Producer, Think Out Loud

Allison Frost is the senior producer and occasional host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud."

She's worn a variety of hats at OPB, including announcer, web producer, host, managing editor and senior producer. Before OPB, she led a local community radio station in Fresno, California, tutored English and sold books.

Allison holds a degree in speech communication from California State University, Fresno, and a masters in journalism and communication from the University of Oregon.

She likes to play with and blog about her two young children in and around Portland where she and her husband make their home.

Beth Hyams

Content Manager

Beth Hyams is a content manager for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Beth has been with OPB since 1993 and has served as the station's All Things Considered host and newscaster for more than 20 years. Beth got her start in radio as a reporter and anchor at community radio station KPFA, Berkeley. She was associate producer with the public television documentarian Loni Ding in San Francisco. Before joining OPB, she was volunteer coordinator at community radio station KBOO in Portland.

Beth is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii. Beth graduated from Brown University with a degree in English and American literature.

Ken Kraska


Ken joined OPB as an announcer in 2013. He has worked with several public broadcasting organizations, including KLCC Eugene, KAZU Monterey, WOSU Public Media and Louisville Public Media, where he hosted talk shows, reported and produced news stories, raised funds and assisted in engineering. Ken also does freelance narration and voiceovers.

Ken grew up in Ohio. Before moving to Oregon, he pioneered a licensed community radio station in Columbus, WCRS-FM, to give voice to underserved populations and alternative viewpoints.

Ken has a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in psychology from the University of West Georgia. Ken lives near Mount Tabor with his wife Claire. He enjoys digitizing his vinyl collection and hiking in Mount Hood National Forest.

Steven Kray

Sound Supervisor

Steven Kray is the sound supervisor at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

He started his career at a small market television station, running the audio console and creating graphics for television station KFXB in Dubuque, Iowa, when he was 16 years old. Steven earned a degree in recording engineering at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida, before becoming the sound editor at AMS Pictures in Dallas, Texas, from 2000 to 2005.

Steven has been involved in numerous award winning projects at OPB. He won a regional Emmy Award for his audio work on "Waterfall Kayaking," an episode on OPB's outdoor documentary show Oregon Field Guide.

Steven is also an avid record collector and early computer enthusiast. In 2015, he competed and won in a national Atari video game tournament. In his free time he laughs it up with his wife and two daughters. Saturday nights 10pm-Midnight he is the host of the funky radio show "The Drop Shop" on KMHD.

Chris Lehman

Salem Correspondent, Northwest News Network

Chris Lehman is the Salem correspondent for the Northwest News Network.

He landed his first job at Red River Public Radio in Shreveport, Louisiana. Three years later he headed north to DeKalb, Illinois, where he worked as a reporter and announcer for the NPR affiliate, WNIJ. In 2006 he headed west. Chris has also reported from overseas as a freelancer. He's filed stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda.

Chris holds a degree in journalism from Temple University.

He lives in Salem with his wife and their two children.

Crystal Ligori

Announcer and Producer

Crystal Ligori is a fill-in host/announcer for Oregon Public Broadcasting and produces the weekly radio program Literary Arts: The Archive Project.

Before joining OPB, Crystal was a "Jill of all Trades" at the active rock station KUFO in Portland. In addition to her on-air role, she was the interim music director and hosted a weekly, local music show. Before moving to Portland, Crystal worked at modern music station KZZU in Spokane, Washington, and at student-run radio station KBGA in Missoula, Montana.

Crystal earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Montana. While there, she earned a Society of Professional Journalists award for television feature reporting and a Hearst Journalism Award for broadcast news radio features. Crystal is also a freelance voiceover artist.

Tim Manickam

Having grown up in Asia, Tim Manickam brings a global perspective to his work at OPB when stepping in for Morning Edition. While fluency in 3 languages helps with pronunciation of foreign names, he finds that it still takes local knowledge to properly say ‘wil-LAM-met’ and ‘day-SHOOTS’.

Tim’s life changed forever when his college roommate ‘volunteered’ him for a shift at the campus radio station. Since then, he has worked at stations in Cleveland, Salt Lake City and Columbus, Ohio before moving for the enviable lifestyle of the Pacific Northwest.

When Tim is not busy with radio, you’ll find him working in his real estate business, enjoying the local arts scene or hiking and climbing in the Cascades.

Rob Manning

Reporter and Producer

Rob Manning is a reporter and producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting. He covers education and local government.

Rob has been at OPB since 2002. He contributed to the 2009 Peabody Award winning “Hard Times” project and has earned multiple honors for the long-term education reporting effort, “Class of 2025.” 

Rob is part of National Public Radio’s education reporting partnership with member stations. In that capacity, Rob contributed stories in 2015 and 2016, on NPR projects related to graduation rates and school funding.   

Paul Marshall

Fill-In Host / Announcer

Paul Marshall is a fill-in host/announcer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
A native Oregonian and a lifelong resident of Portland, Paul was first introduced to OPB by watching PBS Kids and PBS Newshour as a youth.
Prior to OPB, he worked as a sportswriter covering sports in the Atlanta University Consortium. He also worked as a sportscaster, show host and producer for KWVA Eugene 88.1 FM's Sports Department.
In addition to his work in radio, Paul writes as a freelance journalist, covering events like the Portland Pro-Am Basketball League and profiling the Scarlett Brothers. His work has been published in the Portland Observer and the Catholic Sentinel. He's also worked as a PA announcer for Portland Community College.
Paul graduated from Morehouse College with a degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon.

Dave Miller

Host, Think Out Loud

Dave Miller is the host of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

Before coming to OPB, Dave was the senior producer of Open Source, a nationally syndicated radio show based at the NPR affiliate station WGBH in Boston. He began his radio career as a documentary producer at Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps. From 2008 to 2011, he worked as the online host of the show.

His stories have aired on NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition Saturday.

Dave graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English.

Casey Negreiff

Producer, Morning Edition

Casey Negreiff is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's Morning Edition.

Casey got his start in public radio at KPBX, Spokane, Washington's community station where he served as midday host. Later, he could be heard throughout Washington state on the stations of Northwest Public Radio as Weekend Edition host. Casey first came to OPB in 2006 to serve as fill-in radio host and soon after took on the role of Morning Edition producer and newscaster.

Casey shares a Peabody Award for OPB's "Hard Times" series, and has been honored by the Associated Press with a "Best Newscast" certificate.

He has a degree in English from the University of Washington. He enjoys cooking and riding his bicycle all over the place, even in Portland’s eight months of rain and gloom.

Geoff Norcross

Host, Morning Edition

Geoff Norcross is the Morning Edition host at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Before coming to Oregon, he was the program director at the NPR affiliate KNAU in Flagstaff, Arizona. A 25-year radio veteran, Geoff has been on air in New York, Florida, Missouri, Illinois and West Virginia. He joined OPB in 2008.

Geoff has received awards from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. for best interview and the Edward R. Murrow Award for best feature reporting as well as the Florida Associated Press Award for the best newscast.

Geoff graduated from Bradley University with a degree in communications.

Geoff lives in Portland with his wife. When he’s not on the air, you can find him rowing on the Willamette River, or running and biking around the southwest hills. If you get up early enough, you might catch him hiking the nearby mountains.

John Notarianni

Fill-In Host / Announcer

John Notarianni is a fill-in host/announcer for Oregon Public Broadcasting
Before joining OPB, John worked as a radio producer, reporter and host at WDET in Detroit and WYPR in Baltimore. Most recently, he worked as the Michigan Editorial Director for Issue Media Group, a media startup with a network of online publications focusing on small-scale urban growth, business development and community building.
Along the way, he’s worked as the Business Development Director for several Detroit-based social entrepreneurial companies, founded a brass band that toured Europe and honed his skills as a craft cocktail bartender.
John graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English and Global Media Studies.

Amanda Peacher

Reporter and Producer

Amanda Peacher is a multimedia reporter and producer covering Central Oregon based in Bend. 

Amanda hails from Idaho, where she worked as a freelance journalist, wilderness ranger and as an outreach specialist for a statewide nonprofit. She started at OPB in 2011 as the Public Insight Network journalist.

She’s a fellow with the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources and has reported in Mexico as a Savage International Peace Fellow. In 2013, she reported for NPR Berlin on a two-month Arthur F. Burns fellowship. In 2014 she received the national Equal Voice Journalism Award funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation to report on hunger and SNAP in Oregon.

Amanda has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the University of Oregon. 

Amanda enjoys cycling, playing cello and baking sweets.

Julia Pickar

Fill-In Announcer/Contributor

Julia works as an announcer at OPB. She is also a freelance journalist for the Northwest News Network. Previously, Julia was a freelance news producer for the nationally-syndicated news program "To the Point" (a co-production of Public Radio International and KCRW) and local shows "Which Way, LA?" (KCRW) and "Air Talk" (KPCC). She was also a fill-in news anchor for jazz station KSBR, where she also produced and reported state and local news stories. Prior toworking in radio, Julia was an e-business consultant. In 1999, she co-founded a venture-backed digital music company called iPingPong, where she focused on licensing deals with the recording industry. Julia has a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University and a BA in English Literature from Boston University.

Cassandra Profita

Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Cassandra Profita is a reporter for EarthFix,an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger.

She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.

Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.

Spencer Raymond

Announcer and Producer

Spencer Raymond is an announcer and producer at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Prior to joining OPB in 2010, Spencer was a reporter, producer and announcer at NPR affiliate WAER in Syracuse, New York. He worked as an announcer at sports radio station KUIK in Hillsboro and at community radio station KBOO in Portland. Spencer has also reported and produced for NPR, ABC, ESPN, CBS and others.

Spencer earned a dual degree in broadcast journalism and policy studies from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

When Spencer isn't in the studio, he's behind the camera, hitting the slopes, happily suffering from the Travel Bug, or snooping around his hometown of Portland.

Sarah Jane Rothenfluch

Executive Editor, News

Sarah Jane Rothenfluch is the executive editor of news for Oregon Public Broadcasting and the executive producer of OPB's weekly arts radio show, State of Wonder.

Sarah was a part of OPB's daily talk show, Think Out Loud, including many years as executive producer, from when the show launched in 2008 until early 2015. She moved to Portland from San Diego where she worked for the NPR and PBS affiliate, KPBS. During her three years there, she worked as the station's special projects producer and as the senior producer of the 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.

Julie Sabatier

Producer, Think Out Loud

Julie Sabatier is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

Julie joined the Think Out Loud team in 2008. She was also the creator and host of the public radio show and podcast Rendered until the show retired in 2015. Julie previously worked as the staff writer for Just Out, reported for Willamette Week, served as podcast producer for Bitch Magazine and produced stories for The Splendid Table, NPR and 99% Invisible.

Julie graduated from Oberlin College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.

Jason Sauls


Jason Sauls is the midday announcer at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Jason came to OPB in 1997, where he's served as an evening announcer and also the local host of Weekend Edition before moving into his current position.

Prior to OPB, Jason worked as a news producer and music host at NPR affiliate Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland and commercial radio station KTMT in Medford.

Originally from California, he graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1995 with a degree in communications and broadcasting.

Jason is also a producer and editor for a variety of programs including the City Club of Portland and Back Fence PDX. Outside of radio, his interests include minor to major obsessions with music, hockey, youth soccer, swimming, creative writing, discovering great eateries and coffee shops, and spending time with his two sons.

Tony Schick

Investigative and Data Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Tony previously worked as the web editor for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a journalism nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri. He has worked as a freelance reporter and researcher since 2007.

He has undergraduate degrees in journalism and sociology from Gonzaga University, where he spent enough time after hours in the student newsroom that he and his wife named their dog, Myron, after the building’s beloved overnight custodian. He received his master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. 

Tony is a native of Portland.

Aaron Scott

Producer, State of Wonder

Aaron Scott is a producer/reporter for the weekly arts radio show State of Wonder at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where his stories have won a Gracie Award for Best Soft News Feature, an Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound, and an APTRA Mark Twain Award for Best News Writing.
Before joining OPB, Aaron was senior editor at Portland Monthly, where he orchestrated the magazine's arts coverage and wrote narrative features. He has filed stories for Radiolab, This American Life, NPR, and Out Magazine. Aaron has masters degrees in journalism and science writing from Columbia University and a degree in religious studies from Grinnell College, and he spent a number of polyphonic years directing publicity for the band Pink Martini.

Nate Sjol


Nate Sjol is the weeknight announcer and the radio operations coordinator at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Before coming to OPB, he served as a multimedia editor on a nationally broadcast real estate program, a contract video editor for Nike and was freelance voice-over artist.

He holds a degree in advertising from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where he was the station manager and program director for student-run KMSC.

Nate enjoys hiking with his dogs, listening to live music, photography and traveling.

David Steves

Editor, EarthFix

David Steves is editor of EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

David previously worked as state capital bureau chief for the Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene. Before that, David worked at the Statesman Journal as a reporter, editor and columnist in Salem.

David has won journalism awards for stories that covered the murder of a state corrections chief, explored the lives of migrant farm workers, explained the rapidly rising population of mentally ill prison inmates, and exposed a lobbying group’s questionable fund-raising tactics.

David earned a degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.

Sage Van Wing

Executive Producer, Think Out Loud

Sage Van Wing is the executive producer of Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

She has produced daily news programs at other NPR affiliate stations Vermont Public Radio, KUOW in Seattle and KQED in San Francisco.

She graduated from Stanford University with a degree in anthropology.

While in Vermont, she became an expert sledder. While in Seattle, she learned to bike in the rain. Sage hopes someday to become an expert taxidermist.

Conrad Wilson

Reporter and Producer

Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR affiliate in Colorado. His work has aired on Marketplace and NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor.

Conrad earned a degree in international political economics and journalism from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Conrad is an avid photographer and loves spending time in the snow or on a trail.

Rick Wiseman

Fill-In Announcer

Rick moved to Oregon in August 2007, trading the heat, humidity and threat (sometimes fulfilled) of hurricanes in Fort Lauderdale, Florida for the great people, coffee and beauty of the Northwest. He knew his biggest challenge would be making it through the cold winters here — and is proud to have made it through his first Oregon winter unscathed.

Rick has worked in radio for over 35 years, mostly in the San Francisco Bay Area and south Florida. Prior to coming to OPB, Rick worked for six years as local host for Morning Edition in Palm Beach County. When the decision was made to move to Portland (his girlfriend has family here), he picked up the phone and called the only station he had any interest in: OPB.

Rick lives in Portland, where he enjoys jogging around and learning about his new city. He is a member of Cascade-Zydeco, an organization dedicated to the enjoyment and preservation of zydeco music.

Todd Witter

Assistant Program Director

Todd Witter is the assistant program director at Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Todd hails from Chicago and started his career as the local Morning Edition host and reporter at WXPR in northern Wisconsin. Todd later moved on to produce several programs at Wisconsin Public Radio, including the nationally distributed Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?

Todd moved with his family to Oregon in 2012. Since then, he's worked with Portland-based Live Wire Radio and served as an announcer for OPB.