Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) has awarded the 2008 Jon R. Tuttle Diversity Internship to Anastacia (Stacy) Libokmeto, a recent Portland State University graduate.

OPB established the internship in 1994 to encourage future generations of compassionate broadcasters and journalists. Historically, the internship enables an outstanding student to spend the summer studying telecommunications and broadcast journalism in a hands-on environment. “We are thrilled to offer this internship to such an impressive student,” said Debbie Rotich, vice president of Human Resources. While at OPB, White will work with OREGON FIELD GUIDE and OPB’s National TV Production staff. The three-month internship begins in June.

Libokmeto graduated from Portland State University with a BA in History and English with a minor in Film Studies. In her internship application, Libokmeto said that she has a great appreciation for what public television does and wants to be a part of it. She also said that, “Interning with OPB would allow me to give back to the community and take an active part in what makes Oregon public television work.”

Libokmeto, who is from Portland, was selected from a pool of candidates from throughout the nation. The internship is in memory of Jon Tuttle, one of Oregon’s most respected broadcast journalists, who died in 1991 after a brief battle with leukemia. Jon Tuttle was a working journalist and a lead producer for OPB’s documentary unit. Prior to OPB, Jon worked for KGW TV.

The internship was made possible by a generous grant from the Charles J. Swindells family. Other contributors include the Portland Trail Blazers, the Jackson Foundation, Paula Craig, Patsy Smullin, Muriel Walsh, Madeline Nelson, The Oregonian Publishing Company and PBH, Inc.

For more information on the Jon R. Tuttle Diversity Internship go to 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 delivered 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.