People

Jefferson Monthly, Artscene Editor

Miki Smirl is the Artscene Editor for JPR's members' magazine, the Jefferson Monthly.  In 1989 she discovered Ashland and made it her home. In no time at all she found herself in JPR’s basement studios in Central Hall on the campus of...

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...

Classical Music Host

Overjoyed to be once again in the same breathing space as classical music, Neil wandered into JPR in the summer of '14 to fill in on First Concert. Most recently, he contributed to the news and public affairs programming at Portland's KBOO and...

Open Air Host

Paul Gerardi knew that he was headed for a career in radio when, during his first ever on-air shift at the University of Central Florida’s student radio station in September 1979, an Army Sergeant walked into the studio to inform him that...

Late Night Blues Host

Paul Howell spent the first 21 years of his life east of the Mississippi, then came out west looking for better opportunities, ending up in Shasta County, California. After spending what seemed like a lifetime in restaurant management, Paul...

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...

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 and co-hosting the Jefferson Daily, voicing...

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...

As It Was Host

Shirley Patton’s personal history in the State of Jefferson began in 1958 when she joined the acting company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She appreciated her 30 years in the company. She also performed with many of the smaller area...

Stacey Vanek Smith is a reporter for Planet Money, where she covers business and economics. Stacey came to NPR from Marketplace, where she was a correspondent and fill-in host, most recently in Marketplace's New York bureau.

While at...

Steve Drummond heads up NPR's new education reporting project. NPR Ed launched in March 2014, providing deeper coverage of this vital issue and extending it to audiences across digital platforms. It's...

Membership Coordinator

A lifelong fan of public radio, Sue Jaffe began listening to JPR when she moved to Southern Oregon in 1974. She officially joined the JPR staff as Membership Coordinator in March 2013, and is responsible for managing members’ accounts,...

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