Steven M. Bass, President and CEO
Steven Bass was named president and chief executive officer of Oregon Public Broadcasting on January 1, 2006. OPB operates a community-licensed network of 11 radio stations, five television stations and dozens of translators that serve Oregon and southwest Washington. In addition to its role as a local broadcaster, OPB has a large news staff that covers issues within the region for radio, the Internet and television, operates a 24 hour-per-day HD and online indie music service, produces several of the most-respected and most-watched local public television series and is one of the largest producers of national programming for PBS.
Serving previously as founding president & CEO of Nashville Public Television for seven years, he oversaw that station's transition from government ownership to become an independent, non-profit public television station. While at NPT, he served as executive producer of four programs for PBS, including Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues, which was broadcast on PBS in June 2004 as part of the American Masters series and in December 2004 on the BBC Arena series, and release on home video by Universal. Other executive producer credits include Bill Monroe: The Legend Lives On (2003); Christmas at Belmont (2003); and The Carter Family (American Experience, 2005).
Bass served as vice president & manager of television stations for WGBH/Boston and vice president & general manager of WGBY/Springfield, MA for seven years prior to joining NPT. In his tenure at WGBH, he revitalized the station's services to its local community through new local programs and expanded broadcast services.
Prior to his service with WGBH, Bass spent nine years with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) in Washington, DC.
He also served as a member of the board of directors of National Public Radio from 2008 to 2011. From 2002 to 2004, Bass served as chairman of the Association of Public Television stations, the Washington-based trade association that represents public television stations to the Congress, the FCC and other government entities. Other board service includes the World Affairs Council of Oregon. He also is an active chamber musician and serves as principal clarinetist with the Oregon East Symphony in Pendleton, Oregon.
He holds a bachelor's degree from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, with majors in economics and music. He also holds a Master of Arts in business from the University of Wisconsin's Graduate School of Business, where he concentrated in arts administration.
Along with his wife, Sara, a former administrator with the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House, he resides in Lake Oswego with their two daughters Catie and Caroline.
Dan Metziga, Senior Vice President, Development and Marketing
Dan Metziga has been with OPB 13 years, originally serving as vice president of Development, and later promoted to senior vice president of Development and Marketing. The department as a whole raises over $16 million annually for support of the annual operation of the station. In addition, OPB's development efforts have been recognized nationally by PBS on many occasions for having the best development operation among all public broadcasting stations. In addition to annual member giving programs, Dan has the overall responsibility for Planned Giving, Corporate Support, Capital Campaign, Leadership Giving and Foundation and Grants support. The Marketing function is responsible for brand, strategy, promotion and communications.
Dan has spent his entire career working and raising funds for non-profits, including several United Ways and a Symphonic Pops orchestra. Dan enjoys photography and music. He and his wife Senka live in Southwest Portland with their cat Luna.
Lynne Clendenin, Vice President, Programming/Oregon Art Beat Co-Host
Lynne Clendenin is vice president of Programming (Radio and Television) for OPB. She is also station manager for KMHD Jazz Radio and co-host for OPB TV's Oregon Art Beat. She is a critical member of a team strategically leading successful radio and television networks toward an increasingly supportive multimedia environment for news, information, public affairs and entertainment. Among the roles Lynne has held are program director, operations manager, announcer, producer and executive producer (The Noon Report, Perspectives, Oregon Newsmakers, Oregon Lectures, Oregon Symphony, Portland Arts and Lectures and Back Fence PDX). She is committed to growing the strongest services for the communities OPB serves and believes turning challenges into opportunities is key for broadcasters today.
David Davis, Vice President, TV Production
David Davis is vice president of Television Production at Oregon Public Broadcasting, one of the top-producing stations in the Public Broadcasting System. With more than 30 years of experience in film and television, Davis is a long-time producer and executive producer of documentary series and specials for public television including the popular History Detectives series for PBS.
He has three times won a National Emmy for documentary television production. He is also the recipient of the George Foster Peabody Award, The Robert F. Kennedy Award, the Cine Golden Eagle and the Ohio State Award.
Morgan Holm, Senior Vice President & Chief Content Officer
Morgan Holm is a Senior Vice President and Chief Content Officer at Oregon Public Broadcasting, responsible for the oversight of all local content creation efforts across the organization. This includes managing and synergizing all of OPB’s content areas—such as news, arts and life, music, environment and more.
Morgan was previously vice president of News and Public Affairs, where he oversaw OPB's local news operation, including the radio newsroom, OPBnews.org and local television public affairs specials.
Morgan joined OPB in 1990 as the station's first traffic reporter, and has since served as a reporter, assignment editor, producer and host. For many years, Morgan hosted the daily Oregon Considered program on OPB Radio. He was also the executive producer of OPB TV's public affairs program, Seven Days, for nine of its 10 years on the air.
A native Oregonian, Morgan graduated summa cum laude from Southern Oregon University in Ashland with a BA in Communication. He started his journalism career in high school with a summer internship at KOTI-TV in his hometown, Klamath Falls. He joined Jefferson Public Radio in Ashland in 1986 as the station began producing news, and was the first reporter from that station to file for National Public Radio. In 1987, he began working for KOBI-TV as a weekend news producer.
Morgan was a finalist for the Livingston Young Journalists award in 1991 and has won numerous citations from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Radio-Television News Directors Association. As a RIAS-Berlin Fellow in 2001, he was a member of a delegation of American journalists that traveled to Germany days after the 9/11 attacks. In 2007, Morgan traveled to North and South Korea as a fellow with the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins University.
Oregon Field Guide
Steve Amen, Executive Producer/Host
Steve Amen has been with Oregon Public Broadcasting for more than 20 years. Prior to coming to OPB, he spent seven years in commercial news as a producer, reporter, executive producer and news director. Since joining OPB, Amen has headed up numerous documentary projects including the Oregon Story series and HBO's Teen Killers: A Second Chance. His projects have received national and regional Emmys, as well as awards from CINE, The New York Film Festival and The American Film/Video Festival.
Oregon Art Beat
Jessica Martin, Executive Producer
Jessica Martin, Oregon Art Beat's executive producer, has produced numerous local and national productions for OPB. Her varied repertoire includes work on series such as Oregon Field Guide, The Collectors and Neat Stuff.
Martin's documentary work includes two award-winning films on aging, as well as historical documentaries, including the award-winning films Rose City Remembered and The Three Rabbis.
With Oregon Art Beat, Martin has profiled artists of every stripe from accordion players to abstract painters. With the show going strong for 15 years now, she's gone from wondering "How many artists can there be in Oregon?" to "How can we ever profile all of the artists on our ever-growing list?!"
Nadine Jelsing, Executive Producer
Nadine Jelsing joined OPB in 2006 as the executive producer of Oregon Experience. She brought with her more than 20 years experience in television including working as a correspondent for a nationally syndicated health show. Her work has been honored with many awards including three regional Emmys and a national Gracie for an Oregon Experience episode. Nadine first worked at OPB in 2002 when she helped produce an educational media project and has assisted in other local and national OPB productions. She got her start in television at KING-TV in Seattle.
Sarah Jane Rothenfluch, Executive Producer, Think Out Loud
Sarah Jane Rothenfluch moved to Portland from San Diego where she worked for the NPR/PBS affiliate, KPBS. During her three years there she worked as the station's special projects producer and as the senior producer of their daily call-in show, These Days. Originally from Canada, Sarah spent a number of years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a radio producer for numerous national shows, including This Morning, Sunday Morning, and Richler on Radio. She also spent five years as a television field producer for TVOntario.
David Miller, On-Air Host, Think Out Loud
David Miller has had a long and noteworthy career in public broadcasting. He was a senior producer for the nationally distributed Open Source radio program in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He also created a series of radio documentaries with a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and aired stories on All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend America. In New York City, David was a producer for Sound Portrait Productions with award-winning producer David Isay and contributed to several public broadcasting shows. He recently produced and hosted The Speakeasy, an OPB series of programs on arts and culture in Oregon.
Matt Fleeger, Program Director, KMHD
Matt Fleeger is responsible for the all-volunteer on-air staff and sound of KMHD – Portland's Jazz Radio. He came to Portland in 2009 from San Antonio's jazz station, KRTU. Before joining OPB and KMHD, Matt held various positions in both news and music formats in Pittsburgh and San Antonio. His love for jazz includes "the whole spectrum" of the genre.
In his free time, Matt participates in way too many hobbies, including skateboarding, bicycling, painting and hiking all over the Pacific Northwest. He and his wife live in Portland.
Geoff Norcross, Morning Edition Host
Geoff Norcross began his radio career at 16, doing hay reports and funeral notices at a little AM station in the hills of West Virginia. Since then, he has worked in a variety of formats in several markets. He had a national audience for his late-night classical music program on New York's SW Networks. Geoff also won Tampa Bay A.I.R. and Associated Press awards as best newscaster. He has also won Edward R. Murrow and AP awards for his reporting. As program director at KNAU, Geoff shaped the network-quality sound of their local productions. Until they began their journey to Portland, Geoff and his beautiful (and patient) wife Kristy lived in Flagstaff. In his spare time, he spends every possible moment outdoors, going on foot.
Jeremy Petersen, Music Host/Producer, opbmusic
Jeremy Petersen hails from the southeastern corner of Idaho, where he spent eight years at KISU in Pocatello serving in various capacities, including program director and producer/host of a daily music program. Prior to coming to OPB, career highlights included interviews with Wanda Jackson, Jill Sobule, Kelly Joe Phelps and Mike Doughty. (Laura Veirs and the Avett Brothers, among others, have since been added to the list.) He holds a bachelor's degree in psychology, for what that's worth, which he insists is not a lot, although he acknowledges it's more than an English degree (which is where his heart really was). Aside from music, he's into baseball, beat literature and beauty ('cause it equals truth). He plays the bass, with others when possible, and is married to Rachel. They're cat people.