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Jenn Chavez

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.

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Recent Articles

NW Life | Animals | local | Family | News

Oregon Zoo Welcomes First California Condor Chick Of The Year

This month, the Oregon Zoo welcomed the first California condor chick of 2020.

Health | local | Food | News | Business

Restaurateur Kurt Huffman On The Impossible Choice Facing Food Industry

ChefStable restaurant group closed up shop over the weekend, even before the Oregon governor banned seated dining. 

NW Life | local | News | Music

The Life And Legacy Of Portland Music Promoter Mike Thrasher

A look back at the life and impact of Portland music promoter Mike Thrasher. 

Health | local | Science | News

Oregon Health Authority Official On Tracking Coronavirus Spread

The Oregon Health Authority says as of Wednesday, there are three confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Oregon.

Health | Education | local | News

Salem Education Reporter Reflects On Her Own Risk Assessment At Age 13

Rachel Alexander, an education reporter in Salem, talks about being suspended in middle school after an offhand comment triggered a risk assessment. 

NW Life | local | Nation | News | Politics

Oregon Senators Support Revoking Wounded Knee Massacre Medals

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon talks about legislation to revoke medals of honor given to U.S. soldiers after the Wounded Knee massacre. 

Environment | Communities | News | Education | local | World

Portland Nonprofit Bomberos Latinos Trains Latin American Firefighters

For 20 years, a Portland-based nonprofit has been donating equipment and providing Spanish-language fire and rescue training to bomberos (firefighters) in Mexcio and throughout Latin America.

Fish & Wildlife | Environment | local | News | Flora and Fauna | Science

Incarcerated Women Help Recover Rare Northwest Butterfly Species

The lab is inside Oregon's women's prison, Coffee Creek, and is staffed by inmates there.

local | Arts

W.E.B. Du Bois' Depictions Of Black Life In 1900 On Display In Portland

An exhibit at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris, led by W.E.B. Du Bois, portrayed the first post-slavery generation of black Americans. Today, selected works are on display at the Portland Art Museum.

History | local | Science | News | NW Life

'Oregon Lava On The Moon!' How A Bend Man Got It There

In the 1960s, NASA sent Apollo astronauts to train on Central Oregon's lava. One took a piece of Oregon with him to the moon, thanks to Bend resident Floyd Watson.

Politics | local | Nation | News

Merkley Reveals Homeland Security Head Lied About Family Separation Policy

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.

Think Out Loud

REBROADCAST: Wild Horse Country

We listen back to our conversation about the costly and controversial issue of controlling wild horse populations in the West.

Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Undercover With Extremists | Reluctant Radical

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.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Redmond Economy | Lord Birthday

We talk to OSU professor Chad Murphy about his comics alter-ego, Lord Birthday. Also, we look at the growing firearms cluster in Redmond, Oregon. And, our news roundtable takes up the week's headlines.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Portland's New Plans To Improve Wheelchair Accessible Ride Service

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.

Think Out Loud

Facebook In Congress | Police Shooting | Washington County DA Race | Accessible Rides

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.

Think Out Loud

News Roundtable | Discrimination in Southern Oregon | Laurelhurst Theater

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. 

Think Out Loud

High School Investigation | Le Guin Music | Plasma Business

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.

Think Out Loud

Talking Business | Housing Preference | Juvenile Probation

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.

local | News | Think Out Loud

Burgerville Union | Warrenton Elk | Oregon Foster Parents

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.