Meet the Staff
Host and Executive Producer, Oregon Field Guide
Steve Amen is the host and executive producer of OPB original television series Oregon Field Guide.
Steve has been with OPB 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 12 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 taught documentary production at Portland State University.
Producer, Oregon Field Guide and Oregon Art Beat
Jule Gilfillan is an Emmy-winning producer for OPB's documentary shows, Oregon Art Beat and Oregon Field Guide.
Prior to joining OPB in 2010, Jule spent several years working in Los Angeles as an independent director, producer and writer, making television programs for NBC, MSNBC, HBO, Sundance, MTV, Planet Green, Discovery and others. She also wrote and directed several China-based films that showed at film festivals in New York, Telluride and Venice.
After earning her degree in Asian Studies from California State University and living in China for six years, Jule received her masters of fine arts in cinema and television production from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
An Oregon native and an enthusiastic music lover, hiker and camper, Jule loves to explore the state's arts, culture and outdoors.
Producer, Oregon Field Guide
Ed Jahn is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's outdoor documentary show, Oregon Field Guide.
Ed came to OPB in 2000 after several years at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver. He received an Edward R. Murrow award for his documentary work and has won 13 regional Emmy Awards for his work on Oregon Field Guide as well as the outdoor life program, Spirit of Colorado. Ed also won the duPont-Columbia Award for Journalism in 2008 for his work on "The Silent Invasion" and was twice awarded a Society of Environmental Journalists Award for in-depth reporting on the environment.
He has been a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and is an avid bike commuter, gardener and lover of the backcountry.
Vince Patton was a producer for OPB's outdoor documentary show, Oregon Field Guide.
Previously, Vince worked in television news for 27 years in Portland, Dallas, Denver and Wichita, Kansas.
He has won nine Emmy Awards, including five for his work at OPB, and more than two dozen regional and national journalism honors from American Association for the Advancement of Science, Scripps Howard, ACE, SEJ and CINE. In 2003, he was one of a dozen U.S. journalists chosen for a prestigious Knight Wallace Fellowship for a year of study at the University of Michigan.
Vince has a degree from the University of Missouri.
Vince is an avid nature photographer whose images have won honors from the Oregonian and the Oregon State Fair and have been featured in OPB member guides and calendars. Vince retired from OPB in the spring of 2016.
Videographer and Editor, Oregon Field Guide
Todd Sonflieth is a videographer and editor for Oregon Public Broadcasting's outdoor documentary show, Oregon Field Guide.
Todd has been the chief videographer since the inception of the show in 1988, and has shot and edited hundreds of segments. Sonflieth also is credited with working on numerous OPB local and national productions, including the Emmy Award-winning "Oregon Story: Country Doctors," "The Silent Invasion" and the OPB/PBS series History Detectives.
OPB's "Oregon Splendor" was also produced by Sonflieth, and it continues to be popular programming during membership drives.
Senior Videographer and Editor
Nick Fisher is a senior videographer and editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting's outdoor documentary show, Oregon Field Guide
Nick began his journalism career as a news photographer and joined OPB in 1996. In addition to his work on Oregon Field Guide, he has shot many documentaries for OPB and PBS, including "Lighthouses of Alaska," "Great Lodges of the National Parks," "Sinking the Lusitania," "History Detectives" and "Time Team America."
Nick especially loves doing stories in the backcountry and other remote locations.
Michael studied journalism and science at the University of Oregon and the University of Hawaii. He's worked for Oregon Sea Grant and NOAA and is passionate about shooting in inclement weather, hanging off rock walls, and deep underwater. Michael's an avid mountaineer, rock climber, scuba diver, river rafter, snow camper, and surfer.