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OPB Documentary Wins DuPont-Columbia Award

Oregon Public Broadcasting received one of 13 prestigious duPont-Columbia awards Monday for The Silent Invasion: An Oregon Field Guide Special.

The documentary produced by Ed Jahn illustrates how invasive species are changing the environment in Oregon, and focuses on ways people can work together to make a difference to native fish and wildlife resources, Oregon's economy and quality of life.

The program’s premiere in April, 2008 kicked off the ongoing "Stop the Invasion" campaign that encourages community partners and citizens to collaborate in their efforts to take action against invasive species.

Cinny Kennard, a member of the duPont-Columbia University Award jury and manager of NPR’s western production headquarters in Los Angeles, said, “The Silent Invasion provides great clarity about a critical environmental issue – invasive species…. The jury was struck by the boldness and courage of OPB to attack such issues and then to put resources against it.”

"Being recognized by the duPont-Columbia Awards is one of the highest honors in broadcast journalism and a proud moment for OPB," said Steve Bass, OPB president and CEO. "The production of The Silent Invasion represented a tremendous commitment of time and resources for us, but we knew it was the right thing to do. It is indeed gratifying that the importance of this effort is recognized and affirmed by duPont with this award."

ABC's Bob Woodruff will interview OPB producer Ed Jahn and several of the duPont winners in the special program Telling The Truth: The Best In Broadcast Journalism premiering on January 15 at 10pm on OPB.

This program, an annual feature on public television stations, will include excerpts of the winning programs and explore how journalists outsmart the blizzard of spin, the limitations of newsroom budgets, and the logistics of travel to dangerous locations in order to produce exemplary stories.

More information about The Silent Invasion and "Stop the Invasion" is available online at

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