Jes Burns: experience



  • University of Oregon: MS Literary Nonfiction, School of Journalism and Communications, Completed June 2005
  • Duke University: BA in English Literature, Certificate in Film & Video, Completed May 1999
  • Study Abroad: University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia; Semester at Sea Program through the University of Pittsburgh


KLCC, Metro Reporter/All Things Considered Host/Production Assistant, Eugene, OR: June 2007 – Current
  • Cover Eugene/Springfield civic affairs for NPR affiliate
  • Produce interview segments and features for KLCC’s local news programming
  • Host, as well as craft and deliver live local news updates for All Things Considered and Morning Edition
  • Edit and post stories to and the Northwest News Network upload page
  • Create web content, such as slideshows, videos and long-form interviews

Free Speech Radio News,
Headlines Editor, Eugene, OR: October 2008 – September 2013

  • Produce a 5-6 minute international/national headlines package for air as part of daily 30 minute news magazine airing on more than 100 community radio stations in the US
  • Coordinate and commission reporters in nearly 100 countries and US states, including Pakistan’s tribal areas, Gaza and Somalia
  • Edit reports, write cut & copies, and prepare story copy for web publication


OPB, NPR Newscast, Sirius/XM OutQ News, The Takeaway, Free Speech Radio News, Freelance: April 2006 – Current

  • Report and file spots and features for news organizations around the Northwest and nationallyServed as temporary anchor for national news magazine, FSRN

KOPT, Producer, The Vocal Majority, Eugene, OR: June 2007 – July 2007 (all local programming cancelled)

  • Collaborated with host to determine editorial direction for a daily, 3-hour news and call-in show
  • Booked up to six local, regional and national guests daily
  • Developed relationships with news-makers locally and nationally, creating a cadre of guest experts
  • Provided pre- and on-air production support for host, keeping abreast of breaking news, managing in-studio and phone guests, and controlling the flow of listener-callers
  • Archived the program daily on station website


KPNW, Host/Producer, In Depth, Eugene, OR: April 2006 – July 2007

  • Conceptualized show topics and booked guests for a weekly 30-minute community affairs program
  • Conducted and edited long-form interviews about programs, events and current news


KDPM, Success 94.9, Reporter, Eugene, OR: July 2006 – December 2006 (Station switched formats)

  • Reported with a focus on exposing the local implication of state, regional and national stories
  • Produced segments, newscasts, and updates for local news breaks and morning news block


NPR's All Things Considered, Editorial Intern, Washington, DC: September 2005 – December 2005

  • Pitched stories for editorial consideration by hosts, producers, and editors
  • Booked national and international guests to be interviewed by hosts
  • Assisted producers with research, desktop editing and logistical considerations in the field
  • Served as Technical Director of the NPR web-cast program Intern Edition

KWVA, Assistant News Director, Eugene, OR: November 2003 – June 2005

  • Trained and coordinated student reporters
  • Produced bi-weekly campus news magazine and original sports programming


Skilled with Cool Edit, Adobe Audition, ProTools, Adobe PageMaker, Photoshop, Windows Movie Maker; Experienced in use of studio and field audio recording equipment (flash recorders and proper use of mics); National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association; OSU/Lane County Master Gardener