Jenn Chávez
Jenn Chávez

Jenn Chávez


Jenn Chávez is a radio host, announcer and producer with Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Jenn has been making radio in Portland for over a decade, as both a community media and public media journalist. In addition to being a voice on OPB's radio airwaves, her work for OPB has included stories about health, homelessness, immigrant communities, Oregon Latines, activism, equal access to community resources, literature and the arts, and more. Prior to joining OPB in 2017, she hosted and produced the local news radio show “The Five Quadrants of Portland” on XRAY-FM, reporting on marginalized communities and the local news and issues that affect their lives.
Jenn has a BA in literature and writing from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Before journalism she worked as a film-nerdy video store clerk, and remains a source of unsolicited movie recommendations.

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Oregon stories that brought us joy in 2022

The end of the year gives us the opportunity to look back at events and experiences from the region. As we draw a close on a year of both hardship and joy, let’s remember some of the stories that made us smile.

Examining a wave of educator strikes in the Northwest, and beyond

Teachers in Ridgefield, Washington, are on strike. And Ridgefield teachers aren't alone. Educators in Seattle went on strike earlier this month, and only returned to classrooms on Wednesday. Teachers across the country in places like Columbus, Sacramento and Minneapolis have walked out this year, too.

A vintage 1950s fire engine is driving down the street in a parade. Standing up front in the fire engine is Pastor Luis Molina, a man wearing a white cowboy hat, a white button up shirt, jeans and cowboy boots. He's smiling and waving toward the camera.

Woodburn’s Fiesta Mexicana going strong after nearly 60 years

Fiesta Mexicana has been an annual summer tradition in Woodburn since the 1960s. The weekend of festivities in August brings community members together for plenty of food, music, dance, a parade, a car show and more in celebration of Woodburn's vibrant Mexican community.

At Hillsboro’s Library of Things, patrons can check out an experience

In recent years, a growing number of public libraries have been building entire collections of unconventional items: Libraries of Things. One of the first of its kind in the U.S. got its start in Hillsboro, Oregon, where the local library offers kitchenware, musical instruments, board games and more.

Oregon nonprofits ask for $100M federal investment to address white supremacy

Tony DeFalco, executive director of the Latino Network, said the request was prompted by this year’s deadly mass shooting at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York. The white gunman in Buffalo killed 10 Black people in an attack the president has called “hate-filled domestic terrorism” and a “racially motived hate crime.”