Oregon Public Broadcasting is expanding its coverage of Central Oregon with the opening of its first news bureau in the region. OPB has hired an experienced reporter, Ethan Lindsey, who will be headquartered in Bend and file reports from throughout this area beginning in July.

“Hardly a week goes by without a big story from somewhere in central Oregon, whether it’s the cost of living or an environmental issue or the impact of some federal or state rule,” said Morgan Holm, OPB’s vice president of news and public affairs.

“Stories like these directly affect about a quarter of a million Oregonians living in the region,” said Holm. “Of course, many other residents of the state and region regularly visit the area for business, recreation and education, and are just as interested in such developments. There is no shortage of great stories for Ethan to cover, and listeners can hear his reports throughout the day on OPB Radio.”

Ethan received his bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley and obtained a master’s in journalism from Columbia University. He worked for the Salinas Californian newspaper and the popular public radio business program MARKETPLACE before being selected as a Fulbright Fellow last year. He comes to OPB directly from his fellowship in Berlin, Germany to open OPB’s Central Oregon Bureau. This won’t be his first visit to the state, though. Ethan lived in Eugene when he was growing up.

OPB’s new Central Oregon Bureau will bring better news coverage from across the region. Coupled with the Northwest News Network bureaus in Salem, Richland (Washington), Spokane/Coeur d’Alene and Olympia, OPB continues to expand the reach of our reporting to provide a wide range of in-depth stories for our audience.

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 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.