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Executive Editor, Science and Environment

Ed Jahn

Ed Jahn is the Executive Editor for Science and Environment as well as the Executive Producer of OPB’s outdoor program, "Oregon Field Guide."

Ed is a long-time environmental journalist who served as a producer for "Oregon Field Guide" since 2000. He has earned the Edward R. Murrow award for his documentary work and has won 19 regional Emmy Awards in his career.

Ed also won the duPont-Columbia Award for Journalism in 2008 for his work on "The Silent Invasion" and was twice awarded a Society of Environmental Journalists Award for in-depth reporting on the environment.

Ed is a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and is an advocate and teacher of better science communication.

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Recent Articles

Land use | Food | local | NW Life | Land | Oregon Field Guide

Freshwater Mussels Of The Willamette

A large population of native freshwater mussels has been found thriving in an urban stretch of the Willamette. But what do they really tell us about the health of the river?

local | Environment | Animals | Oregon Field Guide

Oregon's Endangered Silverspot Butterfly

An Oregon native butterfly has been federally listed as a threatened species for 30 years.

Education | Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Animals | Oregon Field Guide

Drones In Research

A new generation of drones are giving scientists new ways to research the natural world.

local | Environment | NW Life | Recreation | Oregon Field Guide

The Trail That's Not A Trail Through The Oregon Desert

Oregon's newest long-distance trail charts a rugged course through the heart of the desert.

News | local | NW Life | Oregon Field Guide

'Oregon Field Guide' Remembers Jeff Douglas

"Oregon Field Guide" remembers longtime journalist Jeff Douglas.

Environment | Science | local | NW Life | Climate change | Recreation | Oregon Field Guide

Return To Mount Hood's Glacier Caves

The spectacular Mount Hood glacier caves that "Oregon Field Guide" documented in 2013 have all but disappeared. But why? Is it global warming, or is something else at play?

Science | local | Environment | Climate change | Land

What Happened To Mount Hood's Glacier Caves?

The spectacular glacier caves of Mount Hood collapsed and disappeared completely within just a few years of their discovery. Scientists are only now learning what happened.

local | NW Life | Recreation | Oregon Field Guide

Owyhee River Journey

"Oregon Field Guide" joins geologist Dr. Liz Safran and river guide Audrey Gehlhausen for a journey through the geologic wonderland of the Owyhee Canyonlands.

Oregon Field Guide

The Ship Report

A simple broadcast of the comings and goings of ships passing Astoria has evolved into the most popular show on KMUN. Joanne Rideout provides the voice of passion that aims to illuminate the sometimes invisible world of mariners.

local | Environment | NW Life | 2016: The Year In Review

'Oregon Field Guide's' Favorite Destinations Of 2016

Revisit some of the greatest destinations captured on video by the "Oregon Field Guide" crew in 2016.

Oregon Field Guide

Wenaha River Packrafting

A multi-day packrafting expedition through the heart of the little-known Wenaha wilderness.

Oregon Field Guide

Who's Watching Oregon's Wildlife

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has a mission to protect all species in the state. But even by its own admission … it’s failing 

Land | Animals | Education | Family | Communities | News | Nation | Fish & Wildlife | Business

Crossing The Urban-Rural Divide: 8 Years Later

The kids profiled by Oregon Field Guide in 2009 for the special, “Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide” are now young adults participating in elections, gun control debates and civic issues across the state and the county.

Oregon Field Guide

Crossing The Urban-Rural Divide: 8 Years Later

The kids profiled by Oregon Field Guide in 2009 for the special, “Crossing the Urban-Rural Divide” are now young adults participating in elections, gun control debates and civic issues across the state and the county.

Uncategorized | News | Technology | World | Environment | NW Life | Energy | Water | Economy | Health | Nation | Business

VIDEO: Being A Columbia River Bar Pilot

Complaining about the weather? Imagine being a Columbia River bar pilot when the weather goes south! 

Oregon Field Guide

Columbia River Bar Pilots

Bar pilots brave weather & dangerous seas as they help commercial ships navigate the treacherous Columbia bar.

Oregon Field Guide

Mecate Rope Makers

At 98 years old, Frankie Dugal carries on a ranch tradition of horse-hair “mecate” ropemaking, a skill she's passing on to the next generation in the southeast Oregon town of Jordan Valley.

News | Water | local | NW Life | Recreation | Oregon Field Guide

John Day River Paddleboarding

A stand-up paddleboard adventure down the John Day River, the longest undammed river in Oregon.

local | NW Life | Recreation

Avalanche Kills Legendary Mt. Bailey Ski Guide, Rick "Oz" Oswald

Legendary Mt. Bailey ski guide Rick "Oz" Oswald died last week while guiding clients in the Mt. Bailey backcountry at 57. He was killed while performing avalanche control.

Oregon Field Guide

Oregon River Legend Buzz Holmstrom

Oregon river legend, Buzz Holmstrom, was the first person to run the entire length of the Green and Colorado rivers, including through the Grand Canyon. He died mysteriously from a gunshot while rafting the Grand Ronde.