Steven Tonthat
Steven Tonthat

Steven Tonthat

Steven Tonthat is a researcher and writer for arts and culture at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where he helps produce OPB’s flagship arts programs “Oregon Art Beat,” “Oregon Experience” and “State of Wonder.”
 
Before moving to Oregon, he was an online producer at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii’s biggest daily newspaper. He covered breaking news, worked as a videographer and managed the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s social media platforms.
 
He was also an associate producer at KITV Island News.
 
Steven graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009 with a bachelors degree in English and Broadcast Journalism and again in 2012 with a masters degree in Composition and Rhetoric.
 
He hopes to sample many of Oregon’s most popular breweries and attend as many Blazers games as he can.

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Oregon and national arts leaders push for more local access

National Endowment for the Arts Chair Maria Rosario Jackson and Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici toured the state this week, chatting with local arts organizations about how to improve arts education access for the state.


Award-winning family documentary ‘Sam Now’ by Oregon filmmaker screens at Bend festival

Filmmaker Reed Harkness's "Sam Now" chronicle's his and younger brother Sam's quest to find a missing parent. What follows is an intimate portrait of a family confronting the questions and difficult conversations that arise from a traumatic event. It recently took the top prize for documentary filmmaking at the Zurich Film Festival. He will next feature the movie at the BendFilm Festival.



People hold signs on street corner. Some of the messages on the signs include: "Racism is a virus," and "Stop Asian Hate."

Report reveals a surge in anti-Asian crimes in Oregon

Bias crimes targeting communities of color were up a shocking amount last year. According to the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, crimes against the Asian American and Pacific Islander community went up 300% in 2021. One of the ways the state is responding is with the non-emergency bias crimes hotline.



The Portland Japanese Garden is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan.

Portland Japanese Garden visitors mourn Shinzo Abe

Vistors convened at the Portland Japanese Garden this week to honor the life of a Japanese leader assassinated earlier this month, and reflect on the ties that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his family had to the Pacific Northwest.



Oregon’s official state poet returns

Oregon governor Kate Brown reappointed Anis Mojgani as Oregon’s Poet Laureate for a second term. Mojgani, who originally started serving in the coveted position in May 2020, will now continue through 2024.

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