Oregon Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce that Catalina Vazquez and Rebecca Bartleson are the 2008 recipients of the Maynard E. Orme Internship. Both are working on their master’s degrees in Journalism at the University of Oregon. The endowed internship honors Maynard Orme, who retired in 2005 after a 19-year career as OPB’s president and chief executive officer.

Vazquez received her undergraduate degree in Ethnic Studies from Mills College in California. She will be interning with THINK OUT LOUD, OPB’s a new and engaging local online and daily radio broadcast.

Bartleson, who received her Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Analytical Chemistry from Evergreen State College in Washington, will be interning in the OPB News Department.

Their internships begin in September for three months.

“It is an honor to have my name associated with this program that encourages the future development of Oregon-produced programming and inspires University of Oregon Journalism and Communication students to develop skills toward careers in telecommunications and broadcast journalism,” said Orme. “I am so grateful to those who contributed to the establishment of this endowment that will introduce public broadcasting to some of our best and brightest students. It’s a win-win situation for both the students and OPB.”

The internship was made possible by generous gifts from Rocky and Julie Dixon and additional support from donors from around Oregon and Southern Washington.

Candidates for the Orme Internship must be enrolled at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. For more information on the internship go to www.opb.org/insideopb/internships/

About OPB
OPB is the state’s most far-reaching and accessible media resource, providing free access to programming for children and adults designed to give voice to community, connect Oregon and its neighbors and illuminate a wider world. Every week, over 1.5 million people tune in to or log on to OPB’s Television, Radio and Internet services. As the hub of operations for the state’s Emergency Broadcast and Amber Alert services, OPB serves as the backbone for the distribution of critical information to broadcasters and homes throughout Oregon. OPB is one of the largest producers and presenters of national television programming through PBS, and is also a member station of NPR, Public Radio International (PRI), and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.