Fred Crafts—the City of Eugene’s Ambassador for the Arts--is an arts consultant with an extensive background in covering the arts as a journalist. His varied career has taken him to two of the nation’s leading media outlets— the Los Angeles Times (as the Fine Arts Editor) and the CBS Radio Network owned-and-operated KNX Newsradio in Los Angeles (anchorman).
Crafts’ familiarity with the Eugene arts scene comes from his many years as the Arts and Entertainment Editor/Reporter of The Register-Guard, arts commentator for KVAL-TV, founder of the First Friday Art Walk, 2008 recipient of the Eugene Arts & Letters Award, judge for art competitions, host of the Hult Center for the Performing Arts’ SHOcase Concert Series, host of the Oregon Bach Festival’s “Let’s Talk” series, arts reviewer for The GuardLine, president of the Lane Arts Council, juror for The Archaeology Channel’s International Film and Video Festival, and master of ceremonies for countless arts and community service events.
Recently, Crafts has embarked on a new career as a playwright. And his interest in historical radio led him to found the Fred Crafts' Radio Redux Players“ which is performing its fourth season at the WIldiish Theatre in Springfield.
Widely published, Crafts’ work has been seen in such leading newspapers and magazines as Sports Illustrated for Kids, Ladies’ Home Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Seattle Times. In addition, he has reported for the Associated Press, United Press International, and the CBS, NBC and ABC radio networks.
Further, Crafts, winner of national journalism awards, has been the writer of the 10th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition national radio broadcasts, a panelist for the Oregon Arts Commission, recipient of the Lane Arts Council’s Alvord Award for outstanding contributions to the arts, music critic for National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” program, news director of several Oregon radio stations, and an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Oregon, among other things.