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Jodie Davaz Oral History Interviews

Two life history interviews conducted by Chris Petersen.

May 2014 - May 2015


Jodie Davaz was born and raised in Post Falls, Idaho. After graduating from high school in 2011, she came to OSU with the intent of majoring in English and Education, and studying in the University Honors College. Not long after arriving, Davaz changed her major to Digital Communication Arts and began to involve herself in student media.

During the 2011-12 academic year, Davaz served as News Reporter for OSU's student radio station, KBVR-FM. In this context, she honed her technical skills in creating a variety of news packages for broadcast over the air. The next year, she was promoted to News Director and with it created a new show, "The Orange Report," which focused on oddball stories of local interest. In 2013 Davaz was promoted again, this time to the position of Station Manager. As station head, Davaz oversaw an eclectic programming schedule produced by a staff of some 120 DJs; she also continued to create original programming of her own. In March 2014, the station's efforts were honored by the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System when it named KBVR-FM as Best College Radio Station at a university with more than 10,000 students.

In Spring 2014, Davaz took on a new challenge: creating a student life magazine, Beaver's Digest, that serves as the successor publication to the moribund Beaver yearbook, which published its last edition at the conclusion of the 2013-14 school year. The intent for Beaver's Digest is that it be published three times per year, focus on student clubs and organizations, and incorporate crowd-sourcing as a component of its information-gathering process. Davaz led this new magazine for its first year of existence, before graduating from OSU in June 2015.