Jenn Chávez
Jenn Chávez

Jenn Chávez


Jenn Chávez is a podcast host and producer with Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Jenn has been making audio in Portland for over a decade, as both a community media and public media journalist. For six years, she was regular voice on OPB's radio airwaves as a host, announcer and newscaster. Her reporting work for OPB has included stories about health, homelessness, immigrant communities, art, activism, Mexican culture in the Pacific Northwest, libraries 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.

Latest Stories

‘The Evergreen’: This place we call home

Introducing: The Evergreen! We’re a brand new podcast from OPB about the beautiful and complex place you call home. Each week, we’ll paint audio portraits of the Pacific Northwest, through the stories of the people who live here.


Building castles made of sand at the long-running Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest

Cannon Beach on Oregon's North Coast has held an annual sandcastle contest, now an Oregon heritage tradition, since 1964. The city celebrated its 59th annual contest on Saturday, June 10th, 2023, drawing competitors of all ages and levels from around the country to dazzle crowds with elaborate castles, sand sculptures and more.

Sen. Ron Wyden addressed constituents' questions at a town hall held at Tigard High School's Deb Fennell Auditorium in Tigard, Ore. on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2020. Wyden spoke about topics ranging from health care to the conflicts with Iran.

US Sen. Ron Wyden on court rulings and the battle over access to abortion drug mifepristone

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked lower court rulings that would have limited access to the abortion drug mifepristone. The drug will remain available in the U.S. for now, while appeals in the lower courts continue to play out. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has been advocating for protecting access to mifepristone for Americans, and gives his perspective on the latest decision.