People

  • Development Associate | Jefferson Monthly Editor

    Abby Kraft works in the development department at JPR.  A brief stint as a volunteer at JPR led to what has turned out to be a decade of fulfilling work.  She has the pleasure of working with businesses and professionals who choose to support...

  • Weekend Announcer

    Alicia was born and raised in Southern Oregon. A native of Eagle Point, she is a graduate of Southern Oregon University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education. She began her career in radio as a sound board operator during her first...

  • Morning Edition Host

    Barbara Dellenback began her experience with radio journalism when she stopped at a pay phone and called KLCC in Eugene to ask if they needed a volunteer. She soon became the substitute Morning Edition host and then the permanent host. She has...

  • Salem Correspondent

    Chris Lehman covers the Oregon state capitol for JPR as part of the Northwest News Network, a group of 12 Northwest public radio organizations which collaborate on regional news coverage.  Chris graduated from Temple University with a...

  • Development Associate

    Colleen joined the team at JPR as a student . A business major, she stumbled upon the radio station downstairs, and immediately fell in love. Colleen earned her Bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting from SOU, went on to be a television reporter for...

  • Director of Engineering

    Darin Ransom is JPR’s technical Superman.  He’s faster than a speeding radio wave!  More powerful than a winter ice storm!  Able to leap up tall towers with boundless skill!   Seriously, Darin keeps JPR’s 50+ transmitter and relay sites humming...

  • Classical Music Director | Host

    Don Matthews was born in Detroit and is the son of a motion picture sound man.  He received a B.A. in Music from Eastern Michigan University and Masters in Vocal Performance from USC.  Don performed as a member of the San Francisco Opera chorus...

  • Producer | Jefferson Exchange

    Born and raised in Texas, Emily Cureton found her way to the West Coast as a print journalist. She joined JPR’s team in April 2015.

    A lifetime student of history, her own background spans various media and cultures, from wrangling...

  • Director of FM Network Programming

    After a failed attempt at structured music instruction at Washington State University, Eric found himself standing in front of the renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication with two full years of radio experience already under his belt...

  • Audience Services Coordinator

    Evan grew up in a cloud forest on the slopes of a volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii. Even in his earliest memories, public radio was always playing throughout the house. He became a JPR listener in 2003 after moving to southern Oregon to...

  • News Director | Jefferson Exchange Host

    Geoffrey Riley began practicing journalism in the State of Jefferson nearly three decades ago, as a reporter and anchor for a Medford TV station. It was about the same time that he began listening to Jefferson Public Radio, and thought he might...

  • Accounting Technician

    Jill Hernandez has worked at JPR since 1999, managing JPR's debits and credits ensuring that income gets posted and bills get paid.  She was drawn to the Rogue Valley for its small town appeal and beauty, and her position at JPR is a perfect...

  • Reporter/Producer

    Liam Moriarty has been covering news in the Pacific Northwest for more than 20 years. He's reported on a wide range of topics – including politics, the environment, business, social issues and more – for newspapers, magazines, public radio and...

  • Open Air Host

    Maria Kelly’s first radio gig was as a substitute volunteer jazz host at JPR in 1994. Her personal warmth and extensive knowledge of diverse music genres soon earned her a spot as Open Air host.

    Maria has also worked on the JPR...

  • Reporter

    Michael's love of radio began with snowstorm school closure announcements during elementary school in his native Minnesota.  For over a decade he produced features in Sacramento and then turned to documentary film while obtaining a Master's in...

  • Director of Finance

    Mitchell Christian settled in the Rogue Valley in 1997 and joined the JPR staff the following year.  Mitchell's initial love for public radio began in the San Francisco Bay area where he enjoyed Echoes and Hearts of Space.

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  • Open Air Host

    Paul Gerardi knew that he was headed for a career in radio when, during his first ever on-air shift at the University of Central Florida’s student radio station in September 1979, an Army Sergeant walked into the studio to inform him that...

  • Executive Director

    Paul Westhelle oversees management of JPR's daily operations and service to the community.  He came to JPR in 1990 as Director of Marketing and Development after holding jobs in non-profit management and fundraising for a national health agency...

  • Audience Services Coordinator

    Soleil is a Southern Oregon native who grew up listening to JPR. She recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Community Development with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development. Before joining JPR she...

  • Membership Coordinator

    A lifelong fan of public radio, Sue Jaffe began listening to JPR when she moved to Southern Oregon in 1974. She officially joined the JPR staff as Membership Coordinator in March 2013, and is responsible for managing members’ accounts,...

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