Reporter, OPB/EarthFix

Jes Burns


Jes Burns is the Southern Oregon reporter for EarthFix, an environmental journalism collaboration led by Oregon Public Broadcasting in partnership with six other public media stations in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

She previously worked for the NPR affiliate KLCC in Eugene as a reporter and the local "All Things Considered" host. Jes has also worked as an editor and producer for Free Speech Radio News and has produced reports as a freelance producer for NPR, Sirius Radio's "OutQ News" and "The Takeaway."

Jes has a degree in English literature from Duke University and a master's degree from the University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communications.

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Recent Articles

Environment | Water | Fish & Wildlife

Southern Oregon Tribe Sues To Protect 2 Endangered Fish

The Klamath Tribes say the agency and the management plan it works from doesn’t do enough to protect endangered fish in southern Oregon.

Communities | Environment | local | Business | Fish & Wildlife | Economy | News

The Northwest Juniper Lumber Industry Is Poised For A Healthy Bump

Western juniper has been relegated to firewood, furniture, raised garden beds and the occasional rural fence post. That’s about to change.

Flora and Fauna | Communities | Water | Environment

Environmental Group Sues Medford Over Wastewater Treatment Pollution In Rogue River

Environmentalists and fishermen say algae growth downstream are hurting invertebrates young salmon rely on.

Communities | Climate change | Environment | Flora and Fauna | Science | Land

Study: Wildfires Burn More Severely On Private Timber Plantations Than Public Forests

New research sheds light on what drives fire severity in the Pacific Northwest.

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Agriculture | Water | Environment

Significant Drop In Klamath River Flows Leads To Fish Kill

Low water flows on the upper Klamath River have caused the death of hundreds, possibly thousands of fish.

Communities | Fish & Wildlife | Agriculture | Water | Environment

Judge Upholds Use Of Klamath Water For Salmon Instead Of Early Crop Irrigation

Klamath Basin farmers will likely have to wait several more weeks to start irrigating crops like garlic and onions, while water is held back for salmon.

Communities | Environment | Renewable energy | local | Energy | Pacific Ocean | News

Oregon Wave Energy Testing Project Looks To Feds For Approval

A wave energy test facility off the Oregon coast has entered a new phase of development. 

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Flora and Fauna | Animals | local | Science | Pacific Ocean | News

Researchers ID Whales By Genetic Bread Crumbs Left Behind

Even two hours after they pass, genetic traces from orcas can be detected in the water.

Communities | local | Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife | News | Environment

Klamath Farmers Ask Federal Judge To Kickstart Irrigation Season

Federal dam operators are asking to open the irrigation season next week in lieu of holding back water to benefit fish.

Communities | local | Flora and Fauna | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | News | Environment

Washington Says No To Poisoning Native Shrimp To Protect Oyster Beds

Washington regulators turn down shellfish growers' request to use pesticide on native shrimp.

Communities | Climate change | Environment | Renewable energy | local | Pacific Ocean | News

California Takes Up Ocean Wind Energy After Oregon Project Fails

Two years after a ocean wind energy project failed to gain traction in Southern Oregon, developers are trying their luck in California.

Communities | local | Recreation | Fish & Wildlife | Pacific Ocean | News | Environment

Gray Whale Sightings Up Off Northwest Coast

A big factor is multiple days of calm, clear weather that made it easier to locate migrating gray whales.

Environment | local | Flora and Fauna | Agriculture | Animals | Fish & Wildlife | News

Captive-Raised Native Sucker Fish Make 1st Ever Return To Klamath Lake

The release kicked off a new phase in efforts to bring back two endangered fish called suckers on the Oregon-California border. 

Pacific Ocean | Communities | Climate change | Environment

Pacific Heat Wave Known As 'The Blob' Appears To Be In Retreat

The Pacific Ocean is finally starting to cool down after several years of unusually warm water parked off Washington, Oregon and California.

Environment | Forestry | Fish & Wildlife

Rare Salamander's Survival Threatened By Logging, Environmentalists Say

Environmental groups took a formal step Monday to increase protections for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander in an area targeted for increased logging.

Pacific Ocean | Communities | Fish & Wildlife | local | Environment

Southern Oregon Salmon Fishery May Open Again

Higher salmon estimates for the Klamath and Rogue rivers may lead to a reopening of the ocean fishery this year.

Communities | Climate change | Environment | Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife | Water | Economy

Another Drought Year Promises To Test Klamath Basin

With a drought on the horizon, the Klamath Basin prepares for the worst.

Environment | Agriculture | Fish & Wildlife

Lawsuit Asks For Greater Protections For Rare Northwest Bird

There are fewer than 1,600 streaked horned larks remaining in the Pacific Northwest.

Land use | Environment | Climate change | Fish & Wildlife | local | Pacific Ocean | News

Northwest Coastal Wetlands Won't Survive High Sea Level Rise

As sea level rises over the next century coastal wetlands in the Northwest will change – and many will disappear totally.

Environment | Fish & Wildlife | Science | local | Pacific Ocean | News

Noisy Shrimp May Be Helping Gray Whales Find Their Prey

Scientists haven’t actually seen these creatures, but they’re hearing them loud and clear. And they think hungry gray whales may be tuning in as well.


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