Former Producer, Think Out Loud
Dave Blanchard is a producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting's daily talk show, "Think Out Loud."
He came to OPB by way of Seattle's NPR affiliate station KUOW, where he worked for a number of shows including "Weekday," "The Conversation" and "Speakers' Forum."
Dave graduated from Whitman College in Walla, Walla with a degree in philosophy in 2009.
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