National Radio Commentator, Author
Ideal Use: Anti-Racism, anti-hate crime, literary or media related programs
During Alan Siporin’s twenty-year public radio career, he’s received more than one hundred national and state awards for his writing, commentaries, feature reporting, investigative reporting, interviewing, and talk show hosting. The ACLU and NAACP have also presented Siporin with awards in recognition of his significant service to the community. He is one of only two recipients of the Tom McCall Award, named after Oregon’s late governor, and presented by the Associated Press for exceptional reporting on quality of life issues.
Between 1983 and 1993, he was National Public Radio’s primary freelance reporter for Oregon stories. He served as NPR’s analyst during President Clinton’s Forest Summit, and his commentaries have aired on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He’s also filled in as an editor at NPR. He served as moderator for Oregon’s Gubernatorial Debate in 1994 and has moderated numerous community forums. He’s written for the New York Times and Northwest Magazine, and he wrote a regular editorial column for The Eugene Weekly. He contributed the chapter on activism to the Eugene City Club’s history of Eugene, Eugene 1945 – 2000.
He is the author of Fire’s Edge, a novel about hate crime in the Pacific Northwest.
Siporin designed and taught the PRNDI Project, a workshop for top level public radio reporters that produced a nationally-aired documentary each year, from 1992 through 1999, sponsored by the Public Radio News Directors, Inc. He’s also taught at the Fishtrap Writers Conference and at Haystack Writers Conference, both in Oregon; and he’s taught classes at Lane Community College, in Eugene, Oregon.