Meet the Staff
Executive Editor, Science and Environment
Ed Jahn is the Executive Editor for Science and Environment as well as the Executive Producer of OPB’s outdoor program, "Oregon Field Guide."
Ed is a long-time environmental journalist who served as a producer for "Oregon Field Guide" since 2000. He has earned the Edward R. Murrow award for his documentary work and has won 19 regional Emmy Awards in his career.
Ed also won the duPont-Columbia Award for Journalism in 2008 for his work on "The Silent Invasion" and was twice awarded a Society of Environmental Journalists Award for in-depth reporting on the environment.
Ed is a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and is an advocate and teacher of better science communication.
Videographer and Editor, Oregon Field Guide
Todd Sonflieth is a videographer and editor for Oregon Public Broadcasting's outdoor documentary show, "Oregon Field Guide."
Todd has been the chief videographer since the inception of the show in 1988, and has shot and edited hundreds of segments. Sonflieth also is credited with working on numerous OPB local and national productions, including the Emmy Award-winning "Oregon Story: Country Doctors," "The Silent Invasion" and the OPB/PBS series "History Detectives."
OPB's "Oregon Splendor" was also produced by Sonflieth, and it continues to be popular programming during membership drives.
Michael is a senior videographer and editor at “Oregon Field Guide.” Since graduating the University of Oregon with a degree in science journalism and an outdoor guiding program, he’s worked in science communication for 15 years, working previously at NOAA/Oregon Sea Grant. He’s been awarded 11 regional Emmy awards, America association for the advancement of science awards as well as others and worked on several national shows including NOVA PBS. He’s also worked as an outdoor guide and been trained in scientific diving, rescue diving, ice diving, wilderness first responder, swift water rescue, avalanche safety, mountaineering and others. He’s passionate about filming underwater and has logged hundreds of dives for "Oregon Field Guide." He’s equally passionate about hanging off rock walls or generally any place where the conditions are uncomfortable.
Producer, Oregon Field Guide and Oregon Art Beat
Jule Gilfillan is an Emmy-winning producer for OPB's documentary shows, Oregon Art Beat and Oregon Field Guide.
Prior to joining OPB in 2010, Jule spent several years working in Los Angeles as an independent director, producer and writer, making television programs for NBC, MSNBC, HBO, Sundance, MTV, Planet Green, Discovery and others. She also wrote and directed several China-based films that showed at film festivals in New York, Telluride and Venice.
After earning her degree in Asian Studies from California State University and living in China for six years, Jule received her masters of fine arts in cinema and television production from University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
An Oregon native and an enthusiastic music lover, hiker and camper, Jule loves to explore the state's arts, culture and outdoors.
Producer, Oregon Field Guide
Ian McCluskey is a seventh generation Oregonian and avid outdoor enthusiast (despite once having been hit by lightning). He loves skiing, river running, backpacking, and exploring Oregon’s wild and remote places.
Before coming to OPB, Ian founded the arts nonprofit NW Documentary. For more than a decade, he created original documentaries and his work has earned more than a dozen national awards — including several Emmys — and has been toured internationally by the leading outdoor film festivals including: Banff, Mountainfilm in Telluride, and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival.
Producer, Oregon Field Guide
Aaron Scott is a producer/reporter for the outdoor program “Oregon Field Guide,” where he pursues stories that illuminate cutting-edge science and the natural wonders of the world around us. Previously, he produced OPB’s radio arts show, “State of Wonder,” and his cross-platform reporting for OPB, NPR, "Radiolab," and "This American Life," has won Gracie, Murrow, SPJ, and Mark Twain awards.
Before joining OPB, Aaron was a senior editor at “Portland Monthly,” where he orchestrated the magazine's arts coverage and wrote narrative features. He has master's degrees in journalism and science writing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s in religious studies from Grinnell College. He split his childhood between the mountains of Colorado and the valleys of Oregon and, prior to journalism, spent a number of polyphonic years directing publicity for the band Pink Martini.
Cassandra Profita is a reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.
Cassandra has been immersed in Columbia River issues since she started reporting for The Daily Astorian newspaper in 2006. She's followed an array of fossil fuel project proposals along the river. Previously Cassandra served as Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ecotrope blogger and as part of the EarthFix public media collaboration that covered the environment for the Pacific Northwest.
She's a fellow with the Institutes for Journalism and Natural Resources and a recipient of the Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environment Reporting Award of Special Merit.
Cassandra grew up in Chicago and earned a degree in journalism at the University of Missouri.
Writer/Researcher, Science & Environment
Erin Ross is a writer and researcher for Oregon Public Broadcasting, specializing in science and environmental coverage. Her work also appears on "Oregon Field Guide."
Erin is a science journalist and communicator who designed and gave live presentations for science museums before transitioning to journalism. Since then, her work has appeared in national and regional publications including Axios, NPR, Nature, Science and Scientific American. Erin has been with OPB since 2018.
Erin graduated from the Graduate Program in Science Communication at the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for OPB's Science & Environment unit.
She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local "All Things Considered" host. Jes has also worked as an editor and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced reports as a freelance producer for NPR, Sirius Radio's "OutQ News" and "The Takeaway."
Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.