Kitzhaber Weighs In On JPR Dispute

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd June News

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has stepped into a battle over control of Jefferson Public Radio, a network of stations heard in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

     An aide says Kitzhaber will appoint a mediator for a two-month cooling off period between Southern Oregon University and the Jefferson Public Radio Foundation. Each side owns some of the stations.

     The Medford Mail Tribune reports the contract between the two sides would stay in place during the bargaining, and lawsuit threats against foundation board members would be withdrawn.

     A higher education audit has questioned the foundation's non-radio initiatives, such as restoring old theaters, and the dual roles of Ron Kramer as head of the stations and the foundation.

     The school later dismissed Kramer from his longstanding job running the stations.

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