Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) has awarded the 2009 Jon R. Tuttle Diversity Internship to Brea Douglas from Fairview, Oregon. Douglas, who was selected from a pool of candidates from throughout the country, graduates this month from Grambling State University in Louisiana with a degree in mass communications.

“We are thrilled to offer this internship to such an impressive student,” said Debbie Rotich, vice president of Human Resources. While at OPB, Douglas will work with OPB’s local television production team and the Web staff. The three-month internship begins in June.

Douglas said that this internship program will provide hands-on experience with an accredited and well-established network and help her create a solid foundation to help make her dreams become a reality.

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.

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. Tuttle was a working journalist and a lead producer for OPB’s documentary unit. Prior to OPB, he worked for KGW TV.

The internship is 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.