Oregon Public Broadcasting is pleased to announce that Andrew James Theen of Medford, a student at the University of Oregon, has been named the first recipient of the Maynard E. Orme Endowed Internship. The internship honors Maynard Orme whose 19 years of leadership as OPB’s president and CEO helped the statewide public broadcasting network achieve unprecedented growth and community service. Orme retired last December.

Theen is a junior in the School of Journalism and Communication. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism and Newspaper Reporting with a minor in Political Science. The focus of this internship is news and public affairs and Theen will work on OPB Radio productions for three months during the fall semester beginning this September.

“It is an honor to have my name associated with this program that encourages the future development of Oregon-produced programming and inspires University of Oregon Journalism and Communication students to develop skills toward careers in telecommunications and broadcast journalism,” said Orme. “I am so grateful to those who contributed to the establishment of this endowment that will introduce public broadcasting to some of the University of Oregon’s best and brightest students. It’s a win-win situation for both the students and OPB.”

The endowed internship was made possible by generous gifts from John and Julie Dixon and additional support from donors from around Oregon and Southern Washington.

Candidates for the Orme Internship must be enrolled at the University of Oregon School or Journalism and Communication. More information on the internship is available at opb.org or at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is a statewide network of community-supported learning resources including OPB Television, an affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and OPB Radio, presenting local news coverage and the programs of National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM). The OPB Web site is opb.org.