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Welcome to PRSA Greater Oregon Chapter

The Greater Oregon Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America invites you to get connected with public relations and communications professionals for networking, educational and professional development opportunities. Attend our meetings. Join a committee. Better yet, become a member!

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May 01, 2014
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Valley River Inn

Please join the Greater Oregon Chapter of PRSA and get the inside scoop on changes and trends within local newsrooms. Guest panelists include KEZI News Anchor Matt Templeman, KLCC General Manager John Stark, and Register Guard Senior Editor Christian Wihtol. Their collective experience spans decades, providing us with a unique opportunity to learn more about changes in local newsrooms and insight into what trends they see for 2014. 

Matt Templeman, KEZIMatt Templeman, KEZI
Matt Templeman is one of the most experienced local news anchors in Western Oregon. Broadcasting throughout this community for over a decade, Matt anchors KEZI 9 News every weeknight at 5, 6 and 6:30 p.m. 

Matt earned his Broadcast Communications degree from Washington State University, and began working in television as a sports reporter in Kennewick, Washington. He came to the KEZI 9 News team initially in 1993 as a sports reporter/anchor. He moved from the sports department to news in 1996, and in 1999, left for Spokane, Washington, where he began anchoring alongside Renee McCullough. In 2003, Matt came back to the Eugene/Springfield area as a news anchor at KMTR TV, and most recently returned to the KEZI 9 News team to anchor the early evening newscasts with Renee. 

Matt is involved in several local non-profit organizations including the Alzheimer’s Association, MDA, and Pearl Buck Center, hosting numerous fundraisers for these groups over the years. Matt and his wife Kimra of 18 years have three boys, Spencer, Avery, and Tate.

John Stark, KLCCJohn Stark, KLCC
John Stark became KLCC's General Manager in February 2013. He came to KLCC after 19 years managing KNAU Arizona Public Radio in Flagstaff. John was elected to two terms on the NPR board of directors. In 2000, he was named Public Radio General Manager of the Year. John previously worked as program director at KNPR Las Vegas, associate producer of NPR's Morning Edition in Washington, and news director of Radio Bilingue in Fresno.

He is married to Kris Stark. He was raised in Boulder where he graduated from the University of Colorado. He is an avid Grand Canyon backcountry hiker and served as chair of the Grand Canyon Association –

Christian WihtolChristian Wihtol, The Register-Guard
Christian Wihtol has been senior editor at The Register-Guard since 2006. In that position he oversees the Register-Guard’s staff teams for news, business and features, as well as all staff-produced news coverage. Previously, Wihtol was a team editor and business editor at The Register-Guard.

Prior to coming to The Register-Guard in 1990, Wihtol worked as business reporter and assistant news editor at The Record in Bergen County, New Jersey, and as a statehouse reporter in Connecticut for a Connecticut daily. He has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, and a BA from Oxford University in England.

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  Recently Spotted at GOPRSA


Eugene Team Wins 
PRSA Award of Merit

(from left) Billie Moser, Jan Bohman, Kathy Madison

City of Eugene staff who planned and implemented the City of Eugene’s150th anniversary celebration received an Award of Merit from the Portland Metro Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America on Oct. 17. The award recognizes those who “raised the standards of public relations through the use of successful tactics, campaigns and programs.”

The team overcame having only a shoestring budget and less than six months to plan and implement the event, by inviting members of the public to celebrate in their own way under the umbrella of the Eugene@150 mission and logo.  Staff team events included: creation and installation of a Blue Heron public art sculpture; the Passport to History game for children; development of 4th grade historic curriculum, creation of the  “Eugene@150Places” app for iPhone; production of “Commonwealth” beer by Ninkasi; and a birthday celebration at the Hult Center.

Greater Oregon Chapter Members on the staff team include Jan Bohman, Kathy Madison, APR, Eric Jones, and Kim Mast.

Go to UO Grads

Ellie Boggs, Cawood Award winner Megan Bauer, Ewan Award winner

Two members of the University of Oregon Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and students in the UO School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) were recognized for outstanding achievement in public relations at this year’s commencement event held Sunday, June 16.

Megan Bauer received the Jack Ewan Award, presented each year to the outstanding senior member of UO PRSSA.  The award recognizes both achievement and potential and is named in honor of the late Jack Ewan, associate professor emeritus in the SOJC. Ewan built the school’s public relations courses into an accredited major and founded the University of Oregon Chapter of PRSSA, the first in the Northwest.

Ellie Boggs received the Liz Cawood Award, presented each year to a member of the UO Chapter of PRSSA for outstanding commitment of service to both PRSSA and the community. The award is named in the honor of Liz Cawood, owner of CAWOOD, a public relations firm located in Eugene. Cawood is a founding member of the Greater Oregon Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America and was the first professional advisor of UO PRSSA.

Judges for the award praised Bauer, a senior from Eugene, for her “strong academic standing and well-rounded pre-professional involvement, including a coveted internship with JetBlue Airways in New York City. Additionally, in her work for the chapter, she topped several fundraising records, and took the initiative to mentor 12 other students in resume and interview preparation.”

Jack Ewan Award judges from the Portland Metro PRSA chapter included: Vicky Hastings, APR, of Maxwell PR; Kathy Hubbell, APR, Fellow PRSA, of Adscripts; Pat McCormick, APR, of AM:PM PR; Tom Unger, APR, Fellow PRSA, of Wells Fargo; Olga Haley, APR, of Leopold Ketel; and Dianne Danowski Smith, APR, Fellow PRSA, of Publix Northwest PR-PA.

Judges recognized Boggs, a senior from Halsey, for “her impressive breadth of involvement with PRSSA both at the University and in the community. Her commitment to serving the community in which she lives and works truly embodies the values and attributes the Cawood Award was created to acknowledge.”

Liz Cawood Award judges from the Greater Oregon Chapter of PRSA included Eric Jones, of City of Eugene Public Works; and Kathy Madison, APR, City of Eugene Library, Recreation and Cultural Services.

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The Accredited in Public Relations (APR) designation proves you have demonstrated competency in the knowledge, skills and abilities required to practice PR effectively. To start, go online  and complete the application. Once your application has been accepted, call GOPRSA APR chair Kathy Madison at 541-682-6342.