Oregon Public Broadcasting has hired two new producers, Vince Patton and Katrina Sarson, to work on local productions including “Oregon Field Guide,” “Oregon Art Beat” and “Oregon Experience.”

For the past six years, Patton has been the environmental reporter for KGW TV. His work has been honored with four regional Emmys and one of his documentary reports won first place in the nation from the Society of Environmental Journalists. Patton will begin working with OPB on April 16.

Katrina Sarson comes to OPB after about 10 years as an Emmy-award winning freelance producer, primarily working on programs for HGTV and the Food Network. But she has some PBS roots as well, producing the “Parenting Works!” series for KQED. She has a keen interest in childhood education and a Masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Sarson’s first day at OPB will be April 10.

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.