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Community Conversation: Racism, Hate, Oregon's History and the Media

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Incidents of hate and racism are on the rise in Oregon. Is the political climate fostering hate and how has the state’s history led us to where we are now? What's the media's role in this?

Join us for a special live on-air panel featuring experts in race, media, and health on October 4 from 1 - 2 pm.

Have questions for the panelists? Send us an email with your name, location, and question to news@klcc.org


  • Eric K. Ward, Executive Director, Western States Center: A national expert on the relationship between hate violence and preserving democratic institutions, governance, and inclusive societies, Eric brings nearly 30 years of expertise in community organizing and philanthropy to his role as Western States Center’s Executive Director. Since his civil rights career began in the late 1980s, Eric has worked with community groups, government and business leaders, and human rights advocates throughout the country to expose and counter white nationalist hate groups, protect vulnerable communities, and make our democracy more inclusive. In addition to his work at Western States Center, Eric is the co-founder of Funders For Justice and serves as a board member for The Proteus Fund and Revolutions Per Minute (RPM), a nonprofit agency that provides artists with strategy and support for their activism and philanthropy. A contributor to the Progressive Media Project from 2008 to 2014, Eric has been quoted and cited extensively by national media and is the author of multiple written works including “Skin in the Game: How Antisemitism Animates White Nationalism.”

  • Christopher Chávez, School of Journalism & Communication Doctoral Program Director, University of Oregon: Chávez (PhD University of Southern California) is an Associate Professor and Doctoral Program Director at the University of Oregon. Chris is also co-director of Crossing Radio, a joint collaboration between the University of Oregon and UNESCO, which attempts to draw attention to intercultural dialogue and conflict sensitive reporting in journalism. His research lies at the intersection of globalization, media and culture. He is author of Reinventing the Latino Television Viewer: Language Ideology and Practice and is co-editor of Identity: Beyond Tradition and McWorld Neoliberalism. His work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals including Consumption, Markets and Culture, International Journal of Communication and Critical Studies in Media Communication. Prior to his doctoral research, Chris worked as an advertising executive at several advertising agencies including TBWA Chiat/Day, Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Publicis & Hal Riney.

  • Alisha Moreland-Capuia M.D., Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine: A native Oregonian, Dr. Alisha Moreland-Capuia is a double board-certified psychiatrist (general adult and addiction). She completed her BS at Stanford in 2002, her MD at the George Washington University School of Medicine in 2007, and her residency in general adult psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University in 2013. Dr. Alisha is the executive director of the OHSU Avel Gordly Center for Healing, assistant professor of psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine and Co-Founder of The Capuia Foundation (whose mission is to build a sustainable economy through healthcare, education and agriculture in Angola, Africa). She and her family built a primary care clinic in Angola.  She is the author of “Training for Change: Transforming Systems to be Trauma-Informed, Culturally Responsive and Neuroscientifically Focused” publishes by Springer. She has committed her professional career to changing systems to optimally serve youth and families while facilitating healing.


  • Anni Katz, Morning Edition Host: Born and raised in Eugene, Anni started at KLCC in 2000 as a reporter and co-host of Northwest Passage. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Anni moved to New York City. She worked in education for several years before returning to her true love, journalism. Anni co-founded and co-hosted Dailysonic, a narrative-based news podcast. She interned at WNYC's On The Media, then becoming WNYC's assistant producer of Morning Edition. Anni moved back to Eugene in 2008 and opened a farm-to-table pub with her husband. She co-hosted KLCC's Food For Thought until moving into her current position in 2015. Anni has 2 daughters and enjoys cooking, being outside and a good book.

This Community Conversation and the Journalism Reporting Fellowship are funded by the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation & the KLCC Public Radio Foundation.

Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.