People

  • 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

    Sharon Bywater of Ashland, Oregon grew up in Southern California. She taught English literature and writing at Syracuse University in New York, where she also wrote and edited adult literacy books and published freelance articles in local media...

  • 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...

  • Audience Services Coordinator

    Soleil is a Southern Oregon native who grew up listening to JPR. She recently graduated from Portland State University with a Bachelor's of Science in Community Development with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development. Before joining JPR she...

  • 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,...

  • As It Was Contributor

    Todd Kepple has been a Klamath Basin resident since 1990. He was a reporter and editor the for the Herald and News from 1990 to 2005, and has been manager of the Klamath County Museum since 2005. He enjoys volunteering at Crater Lake National...

  • Regional Reporter

    Tom Banse covers national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or...

  • Retro Lounge Host

    Traci 'The Nurse' Svendsgaard was born. Exact details are sketchy, but Whittier, California and Bruno, Nebraska are both mentioned. No dates. As 'The Nurse', she has excelled in her appointed mission: to be there for listeners of The Retro...

  • Northern California Program Coordinator | Classical Host

    Valerie Ing’s history with JPR goes back to the stone age, when she volunteered to answer phones during the 1981 fund drive. She was still a teenager when she hosted her first music program on the airwaves, and while getting her degree at SOU,...

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