Kami Horton
Kami Horton

Kami Horton

Kami Horton serves as a writer and producer for OPB's historical documentary series, "Oregon Experience," which brings to life the stories of Oregon's past. With over two decades of experience, she has contributed to a variety of OPB and PBS productions, including "History Detectives," "PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," the "New Heroes" hosted by Robert Redford, and "Pink Martini: Discover the World."

Kami launched her journalism career in Southern Oregon, working as a daily TV news reporter, producer, and anchor. She filmed and produced videos in Russia, and worked as a communications officer, video producer, and website content creator for an international nonprofit in Brussels dedicated to social justice, peace, and reconciliation. Her work has earned numerous local and national awards, along with international fellowships.

Kami graduated from Southern Oregon University with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting, obtained a master's degree in nonfiction writing from Portland State University, and completed certificate programs in Germany and Belgium. As a seventh-generation Oregonian, she holds a deep passion for the people and history of her home state.

Latest Stories

150 years ago, one of Oregon’s first Indian boarding schools opened

In February 1874, one of the state's first government-funded Native American boarding schools began operation on the Klamath Indian Reservation in Southern Oregon. It operated as part of a larger federal policy of forced assimilation of Indigenous people that often resulted in neglect, abuse and trauma that lingers to this day.


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The Oregon origins of the Mazamas

A new exhibition showcases the Mazamas, one of the oldest mountaineering groups in the country that began popularizing mountain climbing about 130 years ago.



Oregon counties once used poor farms to care for their neediest residents

Oregon once required counties to take care of their neediest residents. For decades, relief institutions known as "poor farms" operated throughout the state. They provided food, shelter, medical care and sometimes burial services. The treatment of residents varied widely, with some poor farms providing refuge for those in need while others operated more like prisons.





90 years ago, the devastating Tillamook Burn series of fires began

Starting in 1933, a series of catastrophic wildfires — collectively known as the Tillamook Burn — destroyed tens of thousands of acres along the northern Northern Oregon Coast Range. The fires resulted in one of the world's largest reforestation efforts with 72 million seedlings planted by hand from about 1949 to 1972.


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