People

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Reporter

    Michael's love of radio began with snowstorm school closure announcements during elementary school in his native Minnesota.  For over a decade he produced features in Sacramento and then turned to documentary film while obtaining a Master's in...

  • 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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  • Jefferson Monthly 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...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Nancy J. Bringhurst was born and raised on the East Coast, and has a degree philosophy from the University of Delaware. While raising three boys, Bringhurst studied British infant education, both in the United States and England, and taught...

  • Nick Fountain is a producer on Planet Money. Previously, he produced and directed NPR's Morning Edition. The hours were terrible, but the work was fun: He produced interviews with

  • As It Was Contributor

    Pat Harper is the archivist for the Southern Oregon Historical Society, where she digitizes records, manages websites and learns more about regional history from the SOHS volunteers. After receiving her Master’s Degree in library science from...

  • 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...

  • Jefferson Monthly Contributor

    Originally from Paris IL, Paula began volunteering at JPR in 2006 as a commentator on the Jefferson Daily while living in Klamath Falls. She now serves as a columnist for JPR's magazine, the Jefferson Monthly. As a western...

  • Jefferson Monthly Contributor

    Pepper Trail is a naturalist, photographer, writer, and world traveler who has lived in Ashland since 1994. He works as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in his spare time leads natural history trips to every corner of the...

  • Late Night Blues Host

    Peter Pace grew up in Stockton, California.  After graduating from San Jose State University he moved to Marin County, working with emotionally disturbed adolescents. On his "off" days, he played guitar and sang in a local cover band. When some...

  • Stories Alive Host

    Randal the Reading Rat travels to schools and libraries, collecting stories written by students in his Story Machine. He enjoys any story from the imagination of a child and listens to every true tale from a child’s life. 

    Randal...

  • Ravenna Koenig is a producer and director for Weekend Edition. Before joining the show, she interned at WNYC's On The Media and Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything podcast. Since joining Weekend Edition in...

  • As It Was Producer

    Raymond Scully moved to the Rouge Valley in 2004. With his decades of experience in media and his love of public radio, he quickly volunteered at JPR, taking on many roles -- writing for and co-hosting the Jefferson Daily, voicing...

  • Stories Alive Cast Member

    Richard Elmore has been a leading actor at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over 30 thirty years. Some of the roles he has played there include George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Richard in Equivocation, and J. Edgar Hoover in All the...

  • Stories Alive Cast Member

    Rodney Gardiner began his career in Miami, Florida as a teenager. Under the guidance of his mentor, Teo Castellanos, he co-devised performance pieces that were performed in detention centers, group homes, shelters, drug rehab facilities, and...

  • Jefferson Monthly Contributor

    Scott Dewing is a technologist, teacher, and writer. He writes the technology focused column "Inside the Box" for the Jefferson MonthlyScott lives on a low-tech farm in the State of Jefferson. He was born in the same year...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Shirley Nelson moved to Port Orford on Oregon's South Coast, after having lived 28 years in Medford.  A writer since childhood, she became an elementary school teacher.  As an interested observer of her new environment, Shirley learned the...

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