People

  • As It Was Contributor

    Emily Blakely writes from her rural farm nestled below Sutherlin’s Mt. Scott, a setting rich in natural beauty and inspiration. She has published poetry and prose, and frequently displayed framed works at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center as well...

  • Folk Show Host

    Frances Oyung was raised in the San Francisco East Bay Area listening to KPFA, KFAT, local bluegrass, and the Grateful Dead. Frances has lived in the Rogue Valley for over 20 years and was a volunteer engineer and on-air host at JPR in the 1990...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Gail Fiorini-Jenner of Etna, California, is a writer and teacher married to fourth-generation cattle rancher Doug Jenner. They have three children, seven grandchildren and live on the original homestead.  Her first novel Across the Sweet...

  • Classical Music Host

    Geoff Ridden moved to Ashland in 2008, after retiring as a full-time academic in England, to join his wife, who teaches at SOU . He got in touch with JPR shortly after settling here, and has been a volunteer on the Classics and News service...

  • Jazz Sunday Host

    Jack Barthell is originally from Minnesota and has lived in the Rogue Valley since 2012.  He moved here after graduating from Knox College where he majored in environmental science and biology.  Jack approached JPR after reading about our...

  • Stories Alive Director / Cast Member

    Jeanne Renaux is an educator and storyteller who is passionate about the power of stories. Jeanne is a literacy and child development specialist with a Masters degree from Southern Oregon University  in Education and a BFA in Acting/Directing...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Dr. James S. Long was an As It Was contributor right up until his passing in January of 2016. He met editor Kernan Turner when Kernan spoke to the Roseburg writers’ club about contributing to JPR's As Is Was series. Kernan...

  • Classical Music Host

    Jim McIntosh was born and raised in Scotland, and his involvement with radio began when, as a 22-year-old, he was hired as a news clerk by the BBC in London. The position was short-lived, however, as he married soon afterwards and he and his...

  • Stories Alive Cast Member

    Kathleen Finnegan is a counselor and a musician with the Rogue Valley Wind Ensemble, and the Ashland City Band.  She performs flute with “Finn ‘n Dee, Celtic Harp and Flute duo” and has sung soprano with several groups in the Rogue Valley.

  • As It Was Editor & Coordinator

    Kernan Turner is the Southern Oregon Historical Society’s volunteer editor and coordinator of the As It Was series broadcast daily by Jefferson Public Radio. A University of Oregon journalism graduate, Turner was a reporter for the

  • Retro Lounge Host

    Lars Svendsgaard is a native of lovely Oakland, California, born there "a while back." His youth was misspent, as was so common at the time, but was accompanied by wonderful music.

    Inspired by this, he opened The Retro Lounge...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Laurel Gerkman is originally from Canada. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Humboldt State. This fed a lifelong curiosity of observing physical and human landscapes—always wondering “why.” Laurel, retired from real estate sales,...

  • Folk Show Host

    Laurell Reynolds was born and raised in Kansas and has lived in Kauai, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Cottage Grove before resettling in Ashland in 2016. Laurell was a staff member and operations engineer at Santa Fe’s public radio station KSFR,...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Lisa Gioia is the director of the Siskiyou County Museum in Yreka, California. She is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a B.A. in anthropology (1997), a Master’s Degree in History with a minor in public history (2008). She...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Luana (Loffer) Corbin was born and raised in Jackson County in the Phoenix area.  Her parents owned a farm and fruit orchard, and she spent her childhood in the country.  After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Medford, Corbin enrolled...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Lynda Demsher has been editor of a small-town weekly newspaper, a radio reporter, a daily newspaper reporter and columnist for the Redding Record Searchlight, Redding California. During the 1990s and early 2000s she taught high school English...

  • Jefferson Journal Contributor

    Madeleine DeAndreis-Ayres was born in Eureka, California into a large family that ate a lot of Rice Krispies and listened to George Carlin and Tom Leher albums while getting dressed for school. She attended Eureka High where, as the editor of...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Maryann Mason, who lives in Ashland, has taught history and English in the U.S. Midwest and Northwest, and Bolivia. She has written history spots for local public radio, interviewed mystery writers for RVTV Noir, and edited personal and family...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Maureen is on the Sociology/Anthropology faculty at Southern Oregon University.  Her research interests are the Southern Oregon wine industry, heritage agriculture, and the “culture of kitchens.”  She has a Rutgers University master’s in...

  • Jefferson Journal Contributor

    In an episode of sanity, Molly Tinsley decided twenty years of teaching literature and creative writing at the U. S. Naval Academy was enough.  She resigned from the faculty, moved west, and now writes full-time in Ashland and Portland.  She...

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