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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

News | Politics | NW Life | local | Nation

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. 

World | Communities | local | News | Environment | Education

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.

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

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.

Arts | local

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.

News | Science | History | local | 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.

News | Politics | local | Nation

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.

News | local | 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.

News | local | 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.

News | local | Think Out Loud

Social Media & Privacy | Gang Enforcement Audit

How much privacy do you expect online? Also, we'll learn more about a new audit of the Portland Police Bureau's Gang Enforcement Team.

Think Out Loud

Bridge Safety | Fingerprint Evidence | Photo Contest | Search And Rescue

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.

News | Business | Education | local | NW Life | Think Out Loud

Oregon Saves | Cassius Clay Play | Student Survey

A new play for kids takes on the early life of Muhammed Ali. High school students survey other high school students. And a new Oregon program offers state-run retirement savings.

Think Out Loud

Mega-Dairy | Video Game Sports | Oregon Cult Documentary

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.

Think Out Loud

Gun Sales | School Safety And Walkouts | Columbia River Tribes

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.