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Strategic Initiatives at OPB

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Through several major initiatives, OPB is working to better serve local communities and support our long-term stability. These include partnerships to expand and transform key areas of our service, and to grow stable sources of future revenue. The information below is provided as a resource for grantmakers and others interested in making a major investment in OPB's future.

Expanding Public Service Journalism

OPB News creates high-quality public service journalism that covers substantive issues affecting communities across the state and region.


Photo: Michael Clapp/OPB

The "Class of 2025" series follows a group of east Portland schoolchildren over the years to see how policy decisions affect their prospects.










Southwest Washington Reporting Bureau

OPB is seeking to develop a new bureau in southwest Washington, with the goal of promoting informed dialogue on important regional issues. Rather than dispatching reporters from Portland, having a local bureau will allow correspondents to develop more meaningful community connections, and more intimate knowledge of local issues.

"This project will provide needed reporting and insight into emerging issues—especially important issues that straddle the border between Oregon and Washington.”

Lawrence Pintak
Founding Dean, The Edward R. Murrow College of Journalism
Washington State University

The new bureau will better engage urban and rural citizens in the important issues faced by the entire region, and enhance OPB’s capacity to tell the region’s most important stories. This will include a focus on cross-border issues, news from Clark County and surrounding counties, and regionally important developments at the state legislature in Olympia.

Visit for more information on how you can help OPB develop this vital new addition to our news operation.

Expanding Arts and Culture Storytelling

In recent years, OPB has heard a strong call for an increased, meaningful focus on the arts, particularly as funding for arts education is under severe pressure and arts and culture coverage by the media is on the decline. In response to this growing need, OPB is expanding its high-quality arts and culture coverage with a new weekend radio program focused on the arts.

"We are heartened to see that OPB is boldly expanding its arts and culture coverage, building on a foundation of healthy member support and private philanthropy. "

Brian J. Ferriso
The Marilyn H. and Dr. Robert B. Pamplin, Jr. Director, Portland Art Museum

New Arts and Culture Radio Show: "State of Wonder"

Premiering in November 2013, State of Wonder uses the power of radio to transport and captivate audiences each week. The new program pulls together the most fascinating local and national arts and culture reporting and will celebrate can't-miss, timely events around Oregon and the Northwest.

With lead support from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, this new program leverages great storytelling to help build a broader, more passionate constituency for arts and culture in Oregon and the Northwest.

The new program will augment and harmonize with OPB’s existing and growing arts and culture portfolio, which includes the weekly television series Oregon Art Beat, the history documentary series Oregon Experience, the OPB Magazine for iPad and Arts and Life features on the OPB website.