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...

Open Air Host

Maria Kelly’s first radio gig was as a substitute volunteer jazz host at JPR in 1994. Her personal warmth and extensive knowledge of diverse music genres soon earned her a spot as Open Air host.

Maria has also worked on the JPR...

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...

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...

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...

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