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Remembering Beth Hyams, longtime OPB host and a force for honesty, accuracy and high ethical standards

   March 20, 2021 2:24 AM
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by Amelia Templeton (OPB) and Allison Frost (OPB)

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OPB host Beth Hyams
 
Many of us have lost family and friends over the past year. Last week, OPB too lost a beloved colleague and friend, Beth Hyams.

A familiar voice on our air for 28 years, Hyams helped define the sound and personality of OPB. Many in Oregon and Southwest Washington knew her from her voice in our newscasts or as the local host of All Things Considered.

One of her strengths as a radio host was a character trait people don't often associate with journalists or public speakers.

"She was shy," said LC Hansen, Hyams' longtime partner. "Beth believed she was at her best when she was one on one with another human being. It extended to her feelings about delivery on the air. She felt like she was talking to one person. It was her ethic, it was her belief, it was her comfort."

Hyams grew up in Hawaii. She got her start in community radio, first at KPFA in Berkeley, and then at KBOO in Portland.

In recent years she had stepped back from her on-air role at OPB. But only so she could focus on editing and mentoring a new generation of hosts and reporters.

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