Ed Jahn
Ed Jahn

Ed Jahn

Ed Jahn is the executive editor for OPB's Science and Environment team, as well as the executive producer of "Oregon Field Guide" and "All Science. No Fiction."

Ed is a long-time environmental journalist who served as a producer for "Oregon Field Guide" starting in 2000. He has earned the Edward R. Murrow award for his documentary work and has won 20 regional Emmy Awards in his career.

Ed received 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.

Ed is a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and is a teacher and advocate of better science communication. At the end of the day, Ed gets busy woodworking, gardening, biking, backpacking or SUPing.

Latest Stories


It’s a star party in Eastern Oregon

Every year, stargazers from all over the country gather in the Oregon desert to bond over a love of dark nights and starry skies. The lack of light pollution in this part of Eastern Oregon makes this one of the best spots in the nation to view an intense tapestry of constellations, planets and stars.

The far-out, spacey land sailors of Oregon’s Alvord Desert

Think you need water to sail? These yachtsmen have found a way to use the wind to cast off across the waterless Alvord Desert, and the experience is both sublime and exciting. The Alvord desert is the perfect playground for landsailers, with miles of uninterrupted playa, sage scenery and solitude that is unmatched in the Northwest.

Adventure hiking on the Oregon Desert Trail

What's it like to hike across 750 miles of the Oregon high desert? The Oregon Desert Trail is Oregon’s newest long-distance trail and a grand showcase of solitude, geology and beauty. The trail links hidden jewels like Crack In The Ground, the Owyhee Canyonlands and Steens Mountain to outposts like Christmas Valley, Fields and Frenchglen.

What’s changed in Oregon since the Timber Wars?

What's changed in the 30 years since Oregon was thrust into the spotlight during the "Timber Wars"? Three "Oregon Field Guide" stories reflect on the spotted owl, the culture of the timber community of Philomath and whether one successful effort to find a compromise in John Day can reveal a path forward.