Meet the Staff
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.
Producer, Oregon Art Beat & Oregon Field Guide
Emmy-winning producer and Oregon native Jule Gilfillan joined the OPB team in early 2010. After earning her undergraduate degree in Asian Studies and living in China for six years, Jule received an MFA in film and TV production from USC's film school. She then 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. An enthusiastic music lover, hiker and camper, Jule is delighted to be back in Oregon exploring the state's arts, culture and outdoors.
Ed Jahn came to Oregon Field Guide in 2000 after several years at Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver. He recently received the 2014 national "Edward R. Murrow" award from the Radio, Television & Digital News Association 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.
Producer, Oregon Field Guide
Vince Patton joined Oregon Field Guide in 2007 after spending 27 years in television news in Portland, Dallas, Denver and Wichita. He has won eight Emmy awards, including four 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 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.
Todd Sonflieth has been the OFG chief videographer since the inception of the show in 1988. He has shot and edited hundreds of Oregon Field Guide segments. Sonflieth also is credited with working on numerous OPB local and national productions. They include the Emmy Award-winning Oregon Story: Country Doctors, The Silent Invasion and the OPB/PBS series History Detectives. Oregon Splendor was produced by Sonflieth, and it continues to be very popular programming during OPB member drives.
Emmy Award-winning videographer Nick Fisher began his journalism career as a news photographer, then joined OPB in 1996 as a videographer and editor for Oregon Field Guide. In addition to his work on OFG, 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.