People

  • 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...

  • Journalist

    Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., produces radio features for JPR and is a regular contributor to the Jefferson Journal. She's a former senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • As It Was Contributor

    Kirsten Shockey lives on a 40-acre hillside homestead in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon, where before on-line streaming, JPR Classics and News was the only radio station she and her family could capture. It played from atop the...

  • Korva Coleman is a newscaster for NPR.

    In this role, she is responsible for writing, producing, and delivering national newscasts airing during NPR's newsmagazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition<...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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 Monthly 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...

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