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  • Jefferson Monthly Contributor

    For more than twenty years as a JPR commentator, Diana Coogle wrote about living in the Siskiyou Mountains without electricity. Three years ago she built a new house on the same mountainside and now lives with a washing machine, refrigerator,...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Diane L. Goeres-Gardner began writing about little known aspects of Oregon history after retiring as a teacher and administrator. Her first book, "Necktie Parties, A History of Legal Executions in Oregon, 1851-1905," was published by...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Dmitri Shockey is a high school junior attending Logos Public Charter School. He has spent the past 14 years living in the Applegate valley and regularly listening to JPR, particularly enjoying As It Was stories.  Dmitri also attends...

  • Live Session Photographer

    Dominic has good taste in music, which is why he listens to JPR. His professional background includes publishing, photography, and fashion work. He is mostly on a bicycle, but when he's not, he helps capture JPR's Live Sessions in pictures.

  • Jefferson Monthly Contributor

    Don Kahle is a Friday columnist for The Register-Guard as well as a contributor to the Jefferson Monthly.   He's lived in Eugene now long enough that people have stopped asking him when he's going to leave. For ten years he...

  • 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...

  • Jefferson Monthly Contributor

    Frank A. Lang, emeritus professor of biology at Southern Oregon University, taught systematic botany, plant ecology, conservation of natural resources, and biological illustration. He holds degrees in botany from Oregon State College (B.S.),...

  • Jazz Sunday Host

    Ed Dunsavage has lived in Ashland since 1990. Originally from New Jersey, he has worked as a professional guitarist for many years as well as a music educator. He also works as artistic and education director for the Siskiyou Institute, a non...

  • Classical Music Host

    Ed Hyde, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, moved to the Rogue Valley in late 2000. He discovered JPR soon after that, and at some point responded to an announcement that JPR was looking for volunteers. Ed first appeared on the air at JPR in...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Gwen Thompkins is a New Orleans native, NPR veteran and host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, where she brings to bear the knowledge and experience she amassed as senior editor of Weekend Edition, an East Africa correspondent, the holder of...

  • Folk Show Host

    Jeff Westergaard is excited to be back in community radio after 15 years. He had his first folk show over 32 years ago at KZSC in Santa Cruz, as well as daily news reporting and public affairs. Later, he did a music show on KMUD, training high...

  • Jefferson Monthly Contributor

    Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is a regular contributor to the Jefferson Monthly and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Her writing...

  • Earthfix Reporter

    Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix, a public media collaboration covering energy and the environment in the Northwest.  Based in the JPR newsroom, Jes provides stories to stations throughout the Northwest. She previously...

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