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OPB Selected to Participate in 'Guns & America' Reporting Collaborative

OPB today announced it will participate in Guns & America, a two-year, national reporting collaborative of 10 public media organizations funded by a $5.3 million grant from The Kendeda Fund.  

The national collaborative will report on the many ways that firearms are intertwined in American life, from the cultural significance of hunting and sport shooting, to the role guns play in suicide, homicides, mass shootings and beyond.  

This summer, OPB will welcome a new reporter to its journalism staff as part of a first-of-its-kind Audion Fellowship. The program will train and empower a diverse corps of innovative, cross-platform journalists to cover difficult and divisive topics and lead the public media system.  

The new OPB reporter will be devoted to providing coverage from the Northwest, contributing a local perspective into a national network of reporting that is making a significant investment in this timely topic. 

“We’re proud to be a part of this important work,” said Sarah Rothenfluch, executive editor of News, OPB. “The in-depth and focused reporting we’ll embark on as part of this collaboration will help shine a light on the many ways the issue of guns affects our communities across the Northwest.”   

In addition to OPB’s new reporter, Audion Fellowship reporters will be placed in the following public newsrooms across the country: Boise State Public Radio in Boise, Idaho; KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri; KERA in Dallas, Texas; KUNC in Greeley, Colorado; WABE in Atlanta, Georgia; WAMU in Washington, D.C.; WCPN ideastream in Cleveland, Ohio; WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut; and WUNC in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.   The Guns & America national reporting collaborative will be headquartered and supported by a five-person production team at WAMU in Washington, D.C.  

“OPB is a leader in public media, exhibiting a strong commitment to creating unique, absorbing journalism,” said WAMU General Manager JJ Yore. “We’re excited to have such a great partner on the West Coast join us in this collaboration.”  

To follow Guns & America reporting, visit beginning in June. 


About OPB

OPB is a nationally recognized leader in public media, providing news, information and entertainment to the Northwest. With award-winning journalists and original series, OPB illuminates the people, places and issues of the region and puts stories into context. OPB creates content and programming that can be accessed anywhere, at any time on OPB TV, OPB Radio, and on a variety of digital and social media platforms. For more information, visit  

About The Kendeda Fund

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, The Kendeda Fund is a private grantmaking foundation that invests in transformative leaders and ideas, empowering communities across the U.S. and around the globe to enhance equity, vibrancy, resourcefulness, and resilience. The Kendeda Fund helps underrepresented but trusted voices build social and community capital by supporting experienced, and emerging, leaders who have the vision to see problems differently and the courage to challenge conventional thinking. Learn more at

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