Jenn Chavez is an announcer with Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Jenn has been making radio in Portland for nearly a decade. Most recently, she hosted and produced the local news radio show “The Five Quadrants of Portland” on XRAY-FM, reporting on issues impacting underrepresented communities. Since joining OPB, she has also served as a producer for “Think Out Loud.”
She has a BA in literature and writing from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She spent her younger days as a film-nerdy video store clerk, and remains a source of unsolicited movie recommendations.
Sen. Jeff Merkley has asked for an investigation into the Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen after a memo revealed she lied to Congress about the administration’s knowledge of a family separation policy.
How far would you go to stop climate change? Also, we'll hear from a former FBI agent who went undercover with Pacific Northwest extremist groups. And an update on local business news.
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Portland plans to launch a central taxi dispatch center for wheelchair accessible vehicles, and to provide per-ride subsidies, in hopes of improving ride service for wheelchair users.
We talk to Oregon Congressman Greg Walden about Facebook. We also discuss a fatal police shooting in Portland, the city's plan to improve ride service for wheelchair users, and Washington County's district attorney race.
We discuss the big news stories of the week. Also, we learn about the history of housing discrimination in southern Oregon. And, Laurelhurst Theater is shifting from second-run to first-run films.
An album composed for a 1985 Ursula Le Guin book has just been re-released. Also, Lincoln High School students report on how their school handles sexual misconduct complaints. And we learn about the business of plasma.
Today we talk about the progress of an affordable housing strategy that gives preference to people who've been displaced, juvenile probation practices in Oregon and the latest regional business news.
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Two foster parents share their experience with Oregon Department of Human Services. Also, we'll hear about Warrenton's elk problem. And workers at Burgerville are trying to gain recognition for their union.
Can the Burnside bridge survive an earthquake? How reliable is fingerprint evidence? Also, we'll hear about a photo project which aims to highlight the stories of immigrants and refugees. And we'll hear what it's like to work in search and rescue.
A new documentary series on Netflix tells the story of the Rajneeshees, who took over a town in central Oregon in the 1980s. Also, a controversial mega-dairy is sued by the state. And the Portland Timbers added a new e-player to their team roster.
One month after the Parkland, Florida shooting, we'll speak with Oregon students and a school resource officer about student walkouts and school safety. Also, are age limits for gun sales discrimination? And, we'll hear about the significance of the Columbia River to tribal communities.
We discuss: a volunteer effort to ensure the safety of threatened frogs, what changes to expect now that abusive intimate partners can be restricted from having guns, and conflicting claims about sanctuary cities.
We get opinions and analysis of some of the big stories in the week's news, then sit down with the former director of Oregon's Child Welfare system and two representatives of the Girl Scouts of America.
A new book argues that sex offenders can be reformed. Also, a new streaming service from Multnomah County Library will provide music from local musicians. And a new exhibition looks at the design of prosthetics.
On today's show we discuss: Portland creating a new sixth "quadrant," proposed reforms to youth sentencing under Measure 11 and an Oregon OBGYN who just returned from three months in Sierra Leone.