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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Bend conference for student artists puts empowerment, equity on stage

The Tower Theatre in Bend is hosting its second annual Stage the Change student conference. For two days, students participate in workshops ranging from dance, music and acting classes, all centered around equity, inclusivity and finding their voices through the arts.

Oregon flutist puts on Portland benefit concert for Ukraine aid

During the pandemic, Oregon musician Amelia Lukas originally set out to create a music program that reflected her thoughts about Portland's homelessness crisis and the idea of what it means to have a home. But after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022, she found herself pivoting the concert to focus on the ongoing conflict. Three years after she began the project, Lukas will premiere her newly evolved music concert, now titled “Natural Homeland: Honoring Ukraine,” at the Alberta Rose Theatre in Northeast Portland on Thursday.

Oregon’s Vietnamese families reflect on how and why they celebrate Tết

Over the weekend, Vietnamese communities around the world celebrated Tết, more commonly known as the Lunar New Year. For many, it’s the time of year to honor ancestors and pray for good luck in year ahead. OPB reached out to Vietnamese American Portlanders to reflect on the holiday, its meaning and their traditions.

A Portland affordable housing project spotlights BIPOC lives in art

Las Adelitas is an affordable housing project in Portland's Cully neighborhood. Artist Michelle Angela Ortiz painted the centerpiece; a giant mural that depicts some of Cully's Latino residents. The mural is the final piece of a project meant to give low-income families a chance to find a place to call home.