Jim Newman, veteran OREGON FIELD GUIDE producer and reporter, is hanging up his hiking boots after more than 20 years of covering virtually every corner of the state. Affectionately known as “The Voice” for his deep, concisely articulated narration, Jim has produced over 250 episodes which have helped OFG win numerous major awards, among them several EMMY, Golden Eagle and Telly statuettes.

“Jim has been with FIELD GUIDE since the beginning,” said Steve Amen, executive producer and host of the show that enters its 21st season on OPB in October. “To simply say ‘The Voice’ will be missed and his boots hard to fill is not only cliché, but an incredible understatement. Jim has played a huge role in the success of the program. He is particularly passionate about geology and history and that came through in his work, and gave us a real advantage over all the other outdoor programs on the air,” said Amen.

In September, OREGON FIELD GUIDE will pay special tribute to Jim by airing some of the reports that epitomize his great ability to take a complex subject and make it understandable and entertaining. “Jim is a gifted storyteller, and his body of work speaks for itself,” said Amen. “What better way to honor him than revisiting some of the reports he has done over the years that have given us all a better understanding of our state, who we are and how this puzzle involving history, nature and geology all fits together.”

On September 3 at 8:30, FIELD GUIDE will air a half-hour special Jim produced in 1998 on the Missoula Floods. “No other story better illustrates Jim’s expertise with taking something that happened thousands of years ago and coming up with a visual presentation that helps viewers comprehend exactly what took place when massive ice-age floods tore up much of the northwest section of the continent,” said Amen. “Jim used great photography and animation to show us what happened then and what it would look like if the floods were to happen again today.”

On September 24 at 8pm, FIELD GUIDE will dedicate an hour special featuring some of Jim’s favorite stories. Among them: “Paiute Reburial” where we were given the rare opportunity to witness the Paiute Indian’s farewell ritual to the dead. In the story “Lava Hand Prints,” Jim explores an ancient mystery of hand and footprints embedded in a lava flow that’s at least 8,000 years old. Jim did a lot of dangerous climbing to bring us “Hell Hole” — a bizarre land formation know only to a lucky few which is hidden away high in the Cascade Mountains. And a profile of William Finley, a man who, during the early 20th century, made incredible contributions to the future of Oregon’s wildlife and natural resources.

“We’ll also show you what Jim will be up to now that he’ll have all that free time. It’s a totally different side of this talented, complex man,” said Amen.

Please join us as we celebrate Jim’s legacy.

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 2:30am and 6:30pm. In the Mountain Time zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9:30pm Thursdays, and at 7:30pm Sundays. opb.org/ofg

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