Alison Perkins is Coordinating Producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting, working to maximize the impact of OPB’s enterprise journalism by leveraging resources and opportunities across the organization. She has her finger in a lot of pies, including content management, marketing and engagement, and distribution across all of OPB’s platforms. Previously, she served as Joint Project Manager on a grant designed to develop resources to enhance video production for news and public affairs programming throughout the public media system. As part of that effort, she helped guide the development of Channel X, a distribution system that connects producers, broadcasters and independent filmmakers.
She recently moved to Portland from Missoula, Montana, where she combined her love of science with communication and journalism as adjunct faculty member at the University of Montana School of Journalism and as an independent producer with Montana PBS. She holds a Ph.D. integrating science, video production, communication and education, an M.A. in radio/television production, and an M.S. in wildlife biology. She taught beginning and intermediate video production courses and developed and taught a graduate-level course designed to teach the nature of the scientific process for environmental science reporting. Her production work has earned regional Emmy awards for best documentary, writing and best feature/segment, a Cine Golden Eagle Award, and a Parent’s Choice Foundation Award. Her most recent effort was the production of “Nuclear Waste Town,” a half-hour collaborative documentary that explored current efforts to move and store the nuclear waste amassing at sites across the United States.