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2018 OMA Annual Conference - Keynote Speaker

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Colin Fogarty

Executive Director, The Confluence Project

Colin Fogarty has always been drawn to the notion that we are surrounded by history. So many of the most compelling stories we tell connect the present with the past. As a student at Miami University in Ohio, that interest led to a radio documentary on the history of the Miami Tribe, relocated from Indiana to Oklahoma. At Miami, he fell in love with radio and with Stephanie Wiant. The two moved to Portland, got married and Colin become a radio reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting. His stories were frequently heard on NPR and won regional and national awards. Along the way, Colin kept returning to the theme of history and its role in our everyday lives. He produced stories on Columbia River rock art, Lewis and Clark, and the silencing of Celilo Falls.

In September 2008, he became regional editor of public radio's Northwest News Network. He led a talented team of correspondents who serve 12 public radio stations in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. It’s a small organization that plays a big role in bringing compelling regional coverage to public radio audiences throughout the Northwest. So it was a perfect training ground for becoming Executive Director of the Confluence Project in January, 2014. In this role, Colin continues to help tell compelling stories about history - not on the radio but in the landscape, through community outreach, and in the digital realm. 

Colin and Stephanie now have three children, three chickens, and still live in Portland.


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