March 12, 2007, Portland, OR — Oregon Public Broadcasting, one of the most respected sources of news, has just enhanced its coverage with the launch of an expanded news Web site at

“OPB’s expanded news site is the first of many steps designed to elevate our attention and commitment to news on the Web,” said Morgan Holm, vice president of News & Public Affairs. “It offers more local and regional news from a wider variety of sources, along with an online discussion forum.”

“News and information programs on radio and television have large and loyal audiences on OPB. Many more OPB listeners and viewers now want access to news and information on their schedule and wherever they may be,” said Steve Bass, president and CEO. “Putting more of OPB’s respected and trusted program content onto the Web allows us to provide a public service that goes well beyond the geographic boundaries of television and radio signals, as well as the time limitations of radio and television program schedules.”

Visitors to can get the latest local, state, national and international news, and traffic reports. In addition, a range of streamed and downloadable programming is available, including a library of episodes of “Frontline.” In addition, podcasts or audio downloads of many of OPB’s most popular radio programming is available, including a daily online-only program featuring news and information from around Oregon, southwest Washington and the region.

Another new feature is the “Town Square” online discussion forum, where Web users can post comments and engage in civil discourse about major issues impacting the Northwest. “Whether the conversation is taking place in Washington, D.D., in our state and local governments, or with your next-door neighbor, people are seeking ways to constructively address and move forward on issues as diverse as the damming of Celilo Falls, the Beacon Bill, school funding and global warming, to name a few,” said Lynne Pollard, vice president of Interactive Web. ” ‘With Town Square’, our goal is to create an online community dedicated to exploring the challenges we face and the options and opportunities for change.”

The site will continue to evolve, Holm explained, adding that a news staff person will be assigned to file material primarily for the online news page. “We anticipate more original reporting, photography and in-depth news coverage unique to and complementary to our broadcast news efforts,” he said.

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