About me

Steven TonthatI am a multimedia reporter / producer for arts and culture at Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), and affiliate of NPR and PBS.

My love of news and storytelling grew out of my love of reading. That passion for storytelling and connecting with the community led me to study English and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where I graduated in 2009 with a BA in English and Journalism and again in 2012 with an MA in English Composition and Rhetoric.

I got my first taste of journalism when I worked for UH’s college newspaper, Ka Leo o Hawaii, where I was a reporter, and eventually associate features editor. I then started my journalism career as a part-time associate producer for KITV4 News, one of Hawaii’s top daily news stations.

Eventually I found my way to the online department of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, where I worked to bring the latest news to the state of Hawaii. I maintained the website, posted breaking news, shot and edited videos to accompany stories.

In 2018, after 4.5 years at the newspaper, I left the comforts of Hawaii for a great career opportunity in Portland, Oregon. I accepted a position at Oregon Public Broadcasting as a multimedia arts & culture producer and reporter, where I report on all arts-related stories in the state of Oregon. I also produce segments for the OPB-TV show Oregon Art Beat.

My writing experience includes Ka Leo o Hawaii, The Maui News, KITV4, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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