People

  • Development Associate | Jefferson Journal 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...

  • Morning Edition Host/Jefferson Exchange Producer

    April Ehrlich began freelancing for Jefferson Public Radio in 2016. She officially joined the team as Morning Edition Host and a Jefferson Exchange producer in August 2017.

    April previously worked as a reporter, covering local government...

  • Audience Services Coordinator

    A young NPR enthusiast, Calena grew up in Northern California with fantasies of a job in radio. After getting accepted to Southern Oregon University, she wandered into the JPR office and offered up her time as a volunteer. After a few weeks,...

  • Weekend Announcer

    Code Growe is a performing musician, teacher, and storyteller working on social renewal through art and imagination. Born in California, he studied music at Musikseminar in Hamburg, and at McGill University in Montreal before settling in...

  • 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...

  • Open Air Host

    Danielle Kelly moved to Ashland in 2003 from Sitka, Alaska to study theater at Southern Oregon University.  She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007 and has remained in the Rogue Valley pursuing a performance career, as a model, commercial...

  • 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 and courage!

    Seriously, Darin keeps JPR’s 50+ transmitter and...

  • 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 / Music Director / Host: JPR Live Sessions

    After a failed attempt at structured music instruction at Washington State University, Eric earned a broadcast journalism degree from WSU's renowned Edward R. Murrow College of Communication.

    Over the next 20-plus years, Eric has drawn...

  • 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...

  • Jefferson Exchange Producer

    John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of the split from a single station into three separate program services.  We're thrilled that John has taken a hiatus from his...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • Executive Director

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

  • 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,...

  • Northern California Program Coordinator | Classical Host

    Valerie Ing’s history with JPR goes back to the stone age, when she volunteered to answer phones during the 1981 fund drive. She was still a teenager when she hosted her first music program on the airwaves, and while getting her degree at SOU,...