Host, State of Wonder
April Baer hosts the weekly arts show, State of Wonder, for OPB, covering how art is made and consumed. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of Morning Edition. 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 BA in Communications from Ohio State. April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.
Producer, Think Out Loud
Dave Blanchard is a producer for Think Out Loud. He came to OPB by way of Seattle's NPR affiliate, 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 Bachelors in philosophy in 2009.
Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix. She previously worked for KLCC, the NPR station in Eugene, as a reporter and 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. She has a bachelor's 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 is an audio engineer for Think Out Loud and other OPB programs. His interest in sound sprouted in his early teens from many years of playing music and experimenting with recording equipment. In 2006 after receiving a degree in Audio engineering from the University of Hartford in Connecticut, 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 member station, WBUR. In 2011 Zack moved to the Pacific Northwest where he eventually joined forces with OPB. When Zack isn’t mixing you can find him running along the Willamette, exploring cascade peaks, homebrewing and gawking at vintage Volvos.
Web Editor/Photographer, OPB News
Michael Clapp is a web editor and photographer at OPB. He studied journalism at the University of Oregon and documentary photojournalism at the University of Missouri/Columbia. After a year teaching visual communications at the American University in Bulgaria, he returned to Oregon and worked for interactive game maker ImageBuilder, briefly managed the multimedia program at PSU and was launch editor for OregonLive. He came to Oregon Public Broadcasting in 2000.
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.
All Things Considered Host
Kate Davidson is OPB’s All Things Considered host. 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 bachelor’s degree in English from Yale, and master’s degrees 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.
Eve Epstein is Managing Editor for News at OPB. She helped create OPB’s daily call-in program Think Out Loud, before moving to her current position managing and editing the station’s local reporters. Eve started her journalism career as a print reporter in West Virginia and Boston, covering religion, education, presidential politics, hurricanes and whatever else blew across her desk. She moved to public radio as news editor for WBUR in Boston, and then became the senior news editor in Los Angeles for public radio's Marketplace. Eve moved to Oregon in 1998. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University and a BA from Princeton University, where she majored in Comparative Literature. She was the lead producer for OPB’s Peabody award-winning series Hard Times.
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.
Foden-Vencil 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 publications as varied as The Oregonian, the BBC, NPR, the Salem Statesman Journal, Willamette Week, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Voice of America.
Kristian has won a Peabody 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 is an assignment editor at OPB. Kim's career began as a production assistant at NBC & ABC affiliate WBOY-TV in Clarksburg, West Virginia. Upon graduation, she accepted an assignment editor position at WBOY-TV where 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. She played a pivotal role in the production of Dateline NBC's account of a murder case that WBOY covered extensively. The attention drawn to the incident led to changes in the Amber Alert system to include children presumed to be runaways.
Senior Producer, Think Out Loud
Allison Frost is the senior producer and occasional host of Think Out Loud on OPB Radio. 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, tutored English and sold books. She holds a B.A. in Speech Communication from California State University-Fresno and a Master of Science degree 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's Buckman neighborhood where she and her husband make their home.
Beth Hyams is an editor with OPB News. She's been with OPB since 1993, and served as the station's All Things Considered host and newscaster for more than 20 years. Before joining OPB, she was volunteer coordinator at KBOO-FM. Beth got her start in radio as a reporter and anchor at KPFA, Berkeley. She was associate producer with the public TV documentarian Loni Ding in San Francisco. Beth graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in English and American literature. Beth is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii.
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 Forest.
Head Audio Engineer
Steven Vaughn Kray is the head audio engineer at OPB. He began his journey into the field of sound design at a small market television station running the audio console and creating graphics for KFXB in Dubuque, IA when he was 16 years old. Steven left home to pursue a degree in recording engineering at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL before taking a role as Sound Editor at AMS Pictures in Dallas, TX from 2000-2005. In his spare time he loves listening to records with his wife and baby girl, banging on the drums, collecting pinball machines and studying early computer technology. Saturday nights 10pm-Midnight he is the host of the funky radio show The Drop Shop on KMHD.
Chris Lehman graduated from Temple University with a journalism degree in 1997. He landed his first job less than a month later, producing arts stories for 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 NPR–affiliate WNIJ–FM. In 2006 he headed west to become the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network.
Chris is a native of rural Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He was born in the upstairs bedroom of his grandmother's house, and grew up in a 230-year-old log cabin in the woods. Chris traces his interest in journalism to his childhood, when his parents threatened to take away his newspaper if he didn’t do his chores.
In addition to working full time in public radio for the past decade, Chris has also reported from overseas on a freelance basis. He's filed stories from Iraq, Burkina Faso, El Salvador, Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and Uganda. He lives in Salem with his wife and child.
Crystal Ligori is a fill-in host/announcer for OPB. Before joining OPB, Crystal was a "Jill of all Trades" at KUFO in Portland. In addition to her on-air role, she was the interim music director and hosted a weekly, local music show. Before coming to Portland, Crystal worked at KZZU in Spokane and at KBGA in Missoula.
Crystal earned her degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Montana. While there, she earned an SPJ Mark of Excellence Award for Television Feature Reporting and a Hearst Journalism Award for Broadcast News Radio Features.
Crystal does voiceover work out of her basement studio in SE Portland. She enjoys exploring the city with her dog in tow and figuring out her what her next karaoke song should be.
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 has been a news reporter at OPB since 2003, after briefly serving as host of OPB’s Morning Edition in the summer of 2002. Before coming to OPB, Rob contributed freelance print stories to Planning Magazine and Willamette Week, and worked as a reporter and producer for Free Speech Radio News. Rob covers education, the environment, and local government at OPB. Rob was part of the reporting teams that won a 2009 Peabody Award (“Hard Times”) and a Harry Chapin Media Award in 2004 (“The Hunger Series”). Rob won two investigative reporting awards in 2007, and has received multiple honors for his education series Learning With Less. Rob graduated from Pomona College with a concentration in anthropology and music. He learned radio at KBOO.
Host, Think Out Loud
Dave Miller is the host of Think Out Loud. From 2008-2011, he worked as the online host of the show. Before coming to OPB, Dave was the senior producer of Open Source, a nationally syndicated radio show based at WGBH in Boston. He began his radio career as a documentary producer at Sound Portraits Productions and StoryCorps. His stories have aired on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition Saturday. Dave graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English.
Morning Edition Producer
Casey Negreiff 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.
He 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 shared in the 2009 Peabody award OPB Radio was awarded for its Hard Times series, and has been honored by the Associated Press with a "Best Newscast" certificate. He has a BA in English from the University of Washington, and enjoys cooking and riding his bicycle all over the place, even in Portland’s 8 months of rain and gloom.
Audio Engineer and Technical Director
Jonathan Newsome is an audio engineer and technical director for OPB. Jonathan originally came to the organization to operate the live broadcast board for Think Out Loud. His current duties also include live sound and remote recording for OPB Music, field and studio sound for Oregon Art Beat, recording City Club of Portland, as well as the occasional live TV spot. Jonathan studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and came to OPB with over 10 years of studio experience. He is currently the Technical Director for Live Wire! Radio, an independent radio variety show which airs on dozens of stations nationwide. A 2010 First Place Oregon AP award hangs on his home studio walls for his involvement in "The Rural Economy Project."
Morning Edition Host
Geoff Norcross is a 25-year radio veteran, having worked in several markets and formats. He’s been OPB’s Morning Edition Host since the Fall of 2008. Before coming to Oregon, he was the Program Director at KNAU in Flagstaff, AZ, where he helped shape the network-quality sound of the station’s local productions. Geoff has also talked on the radio in New York, Tampa, St. Louis, Illinois and West Virginia. He graduated from Bradley University with a B.A. in Communications. Geoff has been awarded Best Interview by the Public Radio News Directors association. He also won an Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Feature Reporting, and has been recognized for his reporting, interviewing and hosting by the Associated Press and the New York Festivals. Geoff lives in Southwest Portland with his wife Kristy. When he’s not on the air, you can find him rowing on the Willamette River, or running and biking around the SW hills. If you get up early enough, you might catch him hiking the nearby mountains.
Amanda Peacher is a multimedia reporter/producer covering Central Oregon. She started at OPB in 2011 as the Public Insight journalist.
Amanda hails from Idaho, where she worked as a freelance journalist, wilderness ranger and as an outreach specialist for a statewide nonprofit.
Amanda has masters degrees in literary nonfiction journalism and environmental studies from the UO. 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 enjoys cycling, playing cello and baking sweets.
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.
Announcer and Producer for OPB Radio
Spencer Raymond is an announcer and producer at OPB Radio. Prior to joining OPB in 2010, Spencer was a reporter, producer and announcer at WAER, the NPR affiliate in Syracuse, NY.
Spencer began his radio career in high school broadcasting football and basketball games. He’s also worked as an announcer at KUIK in Hillsboro and at KBOO in Portland, and as a reporter and producer for NPR, ABC, ESPN, CBS and others.
Spencer is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where he earned a dual degree in Broadcast Journalism and Policy Studies. 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 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.
Producer, Think Out Loud
Julie Sabatier is a producer for OPB’s Think Out Loud. She is also the creator and host of the public radio show Destination DIY, which airs on OPB. Before joining the Think Out Loud team, Julie worked as the staff writer for Just Out. She has reported for Willamette Week and her radio work has appeared on The Splendid Table, NPR News and Free Speech Radio News. She also served as podcast producer for Bitch Magazine. Julie graduated from Oberlin College in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She grew up in Baltimore, Maryland.
Jason Sauls came to OPB in 1997 after working as a news producer and music host at Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland and KTMT in Medford. After almost 10 years as an evening announcer and local host for Weekend Edition, he is now OPB’s midday announcer/newscaster and producer/editor for a variety of programs including The City Club of Portland and Back Fence PDX.
Originally from California, he graduated from Southern Oregon University in 1995 with a degree in Communications/Broadcasting. 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. After calling Ashland, Corvallis, and Sherwood home he now resides in SW Portland.
EarthFix/OPB Investigative and Data reporter
Tony Schick is an investigative and data reporter who covers the environment beat in the Pacific Northwest. He is a native of Portland. Tony previously worked as the web editor for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a journalism nonprofit based in Columbia, Missouri. Before that he received his master’s degree in journalism from the University of 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.
Host, Weekend Edition
John Sepulvado is OPB’s Weekend Edition host. John began his journalism career reporting for the GalleryWatch news site in Austin, Texas. He has served as news director at WUSF in Tampa, a national correspondent at CNN, and helped launch Marketplace Weekend. John attended Florida A&M in Tallahassee, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. John is a Health Care Fellow at the USC Annenberg School where his reporting project on birth defects near a toxic landfill resulted in the largest EPA fines at the time. It also won him Murrow and PRNDI awards for investigative journalism. John has won three other Murrow awards for environmental reporting. He shared in a Peabody for CNN's Gulf Oil Spill coverage and covered the Royal Wedding for CNN.
Nate developed a love for radio early in life, enjoying WKRP in Cincinnati and A Prairie Home Companion in equal measure.
He holds a degree in Advertising from Minnesota State University-Moorhead, where he was the station manager and program director for student-run KMSC. He helped KMSC secure funding for a new broadcast tower and become one of the first college stations in Minnesota to stream their signal 24/7 over the web.
Over the years, he has been a multimedia editor on a nationally broadcast real estate program, a contract video editor for Nike, and a freelance voiceover artist, but his true love has always been radio.
David Steves is editor of EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by OPB in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. David previously worked as state capital bureau chief for The Eugene Register-Guard newspaper. Before that, David worked at the Salem Statesman-Journal as a reporter, editor and columnist. 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 bachelor's degree at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington.
Heather van Blokland
Heather van Blokland is an OPB announcer. She previously served as a reporter and Morning Edition host at WUFT-FM and as morning cohost and newscaster for WYKS FM in Florida. Heather holds an M.A. in mass communication from the University of Florida and a bachelor's in finance and marketing from Florida State University. She also holds an acting degree from Vancouver Film School. She is Florida's 2013 Associated Press winner for best newscaster. Prior to her broadcasting career, Heather worked as a financial analyst and team manger for Bank of America and SunTrust Banks, focused on lending to minority and women-owned small businesses. She was the winner of North Florida's Small Business Administration's Top Lender award three years in a row.
Conrad Wilson covers Southwest Washington for OPB News. Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR member station in Colorado. His work has aired on Marketplace and NPR shows such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor. Conrad is an avid photographer and loves spending time in the snow or on a trail.
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.
Assistant Program Director
Todd Witter is the assistant program director at OPB Radio. Although he hails from Chicago, Illinois, Todd began 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?. He 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.