The national Society of Environmental Journalists has awarded OREGON FIELD GUIDE third place in the “Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Television” category for a series of four stories that aired this past season.

Said the judges: “The OREGON FIELD GUIDE was like picking up a fishing pole, grabbing a bucket of worms and listening to beautiful stories told by my grandfather all day. To watch these stories was to be there in the moment, experiencing it as it happened. Simply beautiful storytelling. OREGON FIELD GUIDE showed us things this panel had never heard of. More important, this program did what documentaries do best. They made a point to stay after everybody else left. By doing that, they were able to report beyond the headlines and were able to prove everybody wrong.”

FIELD GUIDE staff, Vince Patton, Todd Sonflieth, Nick Fisher and Michael Bendixen, were recognized for stories on the Marmot Dam removal, the Opal Creek “living classroom,” ice worms on Mt. Rainier and a toad rescue in Sun River. Steve Amen is executive producer and host.

Video clips of the stories featured on FIELD GUIDE can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at

In its 20th season, OREGON FIELD GUIDE remains a valuable source of information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations. OREGON FIELD GUIDE airs Thursday evenings at 8:30pm on the television stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting and repeats on Sunday evenings at 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays.

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