Paul Westhelle

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.

Paul grew up in northern New Jersey just outside New York City, where he learned to be self-reliant, resourceful and look both ways before crossing the street.  As a student at Seton Hall University he developed a love for live music romping around Greenwich Village clubs. He traveled west in 1981 to attend San Jose State University where he graduated with a B.A. from its School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

Paul believes the meaning of life can be found in public radio and baseball. He’s coached several of Ashland's outstanding youth baseball teams and served as Head Coach of the Ashland High School Varsity team in 2012.

Paul and his wife, Patti Grant, live in Ashland. They have two children, Kelsey and Evan.

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Keep JPR Strong in 2014
10:32 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Support JPR With A Year-end Gift

CONTRIBUTE NOW!

2013 has been a memorable year.  And, every day JPR has been part of the journey … providing news that informs and music that inspires.

When discoveries are made… when chaos breaks out… when your world changes… you turn to JPR.  When you want to learn about a new artist making waves on the music scene … or revisit a beloved classic … JPR is here for you.

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Tuned In
12:03 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Doubling Down On Live And Local

As public radio stations across the country attempt to navigate the brave new world of emerging media platforms there has been a new fervor to return to radio’s roots when radio was “live and local.”  Public radio in the U.S. has been built on a foundation of localism. Stations have always been locally (or regionally) owned and operated, and have worked hard to be more than just repeaters of nationally syndicated programming.  Creating local content unique to individual communities has always been an essential element of public radio’s mission.

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Make A Pledge: October 22-29
4:24 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

We Made It! -- Fall Fund Drive Exceeds Goal

  JPR's Fall 2013 Fund Drive takes place from October 22nd through the 29th. We hope you'll participate in this grassroots fundraising effort that helps fund JPR's service to the region.

You can make a pledge by CLICKING HERE or by calling us at 541-552-6191 or 1-888-552-6191.

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Tuned In
2:48 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

The New iJPR.org

By the time you read this I hope you’ve had an opportunity to explore JPR’s new website.  There are a number of features about the new site that I’d like to highlight.

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Tuned In
12:00 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Zero Tolerance and the FCC

We seem to live in the age of “zero tolerance.” A zero tolerance policy imposes automatic pre-determined punishment for infractions of a rule or law, forbidding people in positions of authority from exercising discretion or changing punishments to fit the unique circumstances or history of any given infraction. While it’s hard to argue against the merits of certain zero tolerance positions society has taken, like drinking and driving, numerous examples exist where zero tolerance rules have led to unjust outcomes and caused detrimental unintended consequences.

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Tuned In
11:37 am
Mon July 1, 2013

NPR During the Dog Days

This summer as families break out the GPS (or road maps, if you’re old school) and hit the road for the mountains, rivers and beaches, NPR has a great selection of interesting radio series planned to inspire lively conversations and fill the silence during those long road trips. Here’s a taste of what’s on deck.

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Tuned In
11:30 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Lost in Translation

I recently exchanged email with a JPR listener who was frustrated that one of our translators was experiencing a degraded signal. After our communication, I thought it might be useful to dedicate my column this month to explaining how translators work and why recent developments have caused difficulties for some translators JPR has operated for decades.

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Tuned In
11:56 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Talk of the Nation Bids Farewell

Neal Conan has hosted Talk of the Nation for 11 years.

In late March, NPR announced that it will discontinue production of Talk of the Nation at the end of June. Over its 21-year run, Talk of the Nation has made a powerful contribution to public radio and set the standard for high quality call-in talk programming. The show also created a model that spurred many public radio stations around the country to launch their own call-in shows, like JPR’s Jefferson Exchange.

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Tuned In
11:26 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Mission Quest

In a recent conversation with a JPR staff member I found myself in an interesting and spirited discussion about the difference between public radio and what he referred to as “corporate” radio. As I listened, I found myself struggling with the very concept of “corporate” anything. It seems to me that a corporation is a legal structure, not a qualitative standard. I generally accept the principle that there are effective corporations and ineffective corporations, just like there are effective non-profits and ineffective non-profits.

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Tuned In
11:07 am
Fri March 1, 2013

The Big Picture

Margaret Low Smith is NPR Senior Vice President for News.

Running the day-to-day activities of a pretty complicated public radio network can be downright consuming. Each day, there are programs to produce, transmitters to fix and money to be raised. Through the buzz of daily work here at JPR, it’s sometimes easy to forget the part we play in a bigger public radio community. A recent email from NPR Senior Vice President for News, Margaret Low Smith, made me step back to put that bigger picture in focus and I thought I’d share portions of her communication with you.

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