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Steven Tonthat


Steven Tonthat is a researcher and writer for arts and culture at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where he helps produce OPB’s flagship arts programs “Oregon Art Beat,” “Oregon Experience” and “State of Wonder.”
 
Before moving to Oregon, he was an online producer at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii’s biggest daily newspaper. He covered breaking news, worked as a videographer and managed the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s social media platforms.
 
He was also an associate producer at KITV Island News.
 
Steven graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009 with a bachelors degree in English and Broadcast Journalism and again in 2012 with a masters degree in Composition and Rhetoric.
 
He hopes to sample many of Oregon’s most popular breweries and attend as many Blazers games as he can.

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Recent Articles

Arts | local | Music | NW Life | State of Wonder

I Did It My Way: Prentice Onayemi | S1 | Debra Granik And Anne Rosellini | Chanti Darling

How do you get it all done? You’re one person, maybe you have all this desire to do something but none of the knowledge or the connections. This week, we speak with a few artists who got things done their way. 

local | Technology | Science | State of Wonder

Virtually Unlimited | Kristen Lucas | Darcelle XV | SERA Architects | Crystal Rutland

Virtual reality may not quite be the tech that all the kids are doing these day, but there are entire communities interacting in VR worlds.

State of Wonder

Life, Death And Punk With Jessica Hopper | Comics Artist Anders Nilsen

The firebrand music critic has a new memoir, chronicling the formative time she spent in a gentrifying Chicago in the mid 2000's.

Arts | local | News | Music

Oregon Symphony Dazzles, Startles With Oratorio On Homelessness

Composer Gabriel Kahane's "emergency shelter intake form" moves the ensemble into a new conversation with the community.

Arts | local | Music | NW Life | State of Wonder

Madame Gandhi | John Cameron Mitchell | Black Belt Eagle Scout | Gabriel Kahane

This week, we talk with artists whose work — and sometimes even their mere existence — have caused a kind of social friction (and that's not a bad thing).

Arts | local | Music | NW Life | State of Wonder

Japanese Breakfast | Last Artful, Dodgr | Demian DinéYazhi´ | Tender Table

Those connections between art, food, culture, ancestral lands and how they all fuse and fit and make up who we are.

Arts | local | Music | State of Wonder

The Manila Sound | Cult Of Orpheus | Caitlin Weierhauser | Homiefest

This week we’ve got a pile of stories for you about some of the things art can do in traumatic times.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Art Installation On Portland's Waterfront Is A Dreamy Summer Respite

The installation, "habitus," on the waterfront is like an island of respite in the dog days of Portland summer.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Created Spaces | Ann Hamilton | Jessica Hernandez And The Deltas | Richard Swift | KSMOCA

Ann Hamilton at Centennial Mills, Detroit's Jessica Hernandez soars back into town, and Harrell Fletcher & friends turn a school into a museum.

local | Technology | News

Scientists At Oregon State Are Building Robots That Can Walk Like Us

Walking is the most natural way for humans to get around. But for a robot? Not so much. This is a problem Jonathan Hurst is trying to solve at Oregon State University.

Arts | local | Books | News | State of Wonder

Viet Thanh Nguyen | Back Country Book Club | L.A. Salami | RACC

Long reads and leisurely listens. Get your holiday weekend started with backcountry book recommendations, the long view of what arts should do for a city, and songs that can stop time.

Arts | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

Typhoon | Alex Gino's KidLit Trans Hero George | Henk Pander | Arthur And Katherine Bradford

This week we turn our face toward the void with one of Oregon's great painters, the band Typhoon and a new play that explores a new dimension to urban displacement.

Arts | local | Books | Music | NW Life | State of Wonder

Johnny Cash's 'Folsom' At 50 | Paul Simon | Chuck Klosterman | Fond Farewell

This week on “State of Wonder,” we say goodbye to producer Aaron Scott, head to an Oregon prison for the 50th anniversary of Johnny Cash's "At Folsom Prison" concert, and more.

Arts | local | Entertainment | Music | NW Life | State of Wonder

Mark Rothko | Sera Cahoone | Women In Tech | Coleman Exits Portland Center Stage

This week on "State of Wonder," makers and breakers: abstract iconoclast Mark Rothko's Portland roots, ladies in tech tell what their jobs are really like, plus Sera Cahoone refashions everything.

Arts | local | Books | NW Life | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Oregon Book Awards: Laini Taylor | Omar El Akkad | Samiya Bashir | Nicole Georges | Anis Mojgani

This week on "State of Wonder," we talk with finalists for the Oregon Book Awards, the state's highest literary honors.

Arts | local | NW Life | State of Wonder

Design Week Portland | Buildings Full Of Women | Swift Agency | Nightwood Society | Hacienda CDC

Live at Design Week Portland, "State of Wonder" reimagines what buildings would look like if they were designed by women.

Arts | local | Entertainment | NW Life

Stars Align In Oregon For 3 Indigenous Playwrights

An auspicious meeting of three playwrights, all indigenous, all women. We got to be in the room with them.

Arts | local | Business | Oregon Art Beat

Sharing The World In 3-D: Rich Dubnow And Oregon’s Iconic View-Master

Meet a photographer who got his start shooting stills for the Oregon-born View-Master company and never stopped loving 3-D.