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...

EarthFix journalist, based in Medford, Oregon

Amelia grew up in Portland. She got her journalism start at Swarthmore College, reporting for a podcast. She spent several years working as an advocate for refugees in Washington, D.C. and the Middle East.

Amelia returned to the Pacific...

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...

Administrative Assistant | Receptionist

Betsy Byers was born and raised in the Rogue Valley and has listened to Jefferson Public Radio since it began in 1969. She left the area for school but was always working her way back to the Rogue Valley.

After years of practicing law,...

Jefferson Exchange Producer

Charlotte Duren grew up in the Seattle area and previously worked as a reporter for NPR stations in Salt Lake City and Wrangell, Alaska.  She graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2010 where she spent her mornings as a student board...

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...

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...

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...

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Jefferson Public Radio's flagship station, KSOR, was established in 1969 on the campus of Southern Oregon University (SOU) in Ashland, Oregon. From a tiny 10-watt student run station, KSOR evolved to become a regional public radio service reaching over 1 million potential listeners in a 60,000-square-mile area of Southern Oregon and Northern California via the largest translator network in public radio.
 
As KSOR has grown, it has developed a network of satellite radio stations and now goes by the name Jefferson Public Radio (JPR), making reference to the mythical State of Jefferson, which roughly corresponds to the listening area served by JPR. JPR is owned and operated by Southern Oregon University and extends the University's regional educational mission by promoting lifelong learning and fostering the development of the human creative and intellectual spirit in the region.
 
JPR broadcasts radio programming that is not available via commercial media.  This programming seeks to:
  • Enhance the quality of community dialogue about regional, state, national and international civic issues by presenting in-depth news and public affairs programming.
  • Make available music that otherwise would not be available on the radio. JPR is the primary source of classical music, jazz, world music, folk and blues in the region it serves.
  • Provide cultural programming that celebrates the human experience. Programs like A Prairie Home Companion, Car Talk and This American Life reflect the American experience in a way that is valuable to our culture.
In 1975, the KSOR Listeners' Guild was formed as a component of what was then known as the Southern Oregon College Foundation.  In 1997, a new non-profit organization was formed called the JPR Foundation dedicated exclusively to raise funds to support JPR's mission and service to the community.  The JPR Foundation enjoys tax-exempt status under IRS Section 501(c)(3) and is governed by a Board of Directors which oversees its activities.
 
JPR is a member of National Public Radio, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Western States Public Radio, the Northwest News Network and is an affiliate of Public Radio International, American Public Media, Native Voice One and the Toll Brothers-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network.