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Michael Kesten made the transition from hard news to media relations and communication coaching in 1990 when he became a media director at the Oregon legislature. From 1997 to early 2002, Michael served as communication director for the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.

KestenMedia began in 2002 as a business offering communication services such as web pages and media trainings. A couple of early web page customers were attorneys who started asking for additional services. Michael was asked, "Can you help me project some pictures during this upcoming mediation?" KestenMedia soon evolved into a business primarily serving personal injury attorneys. The business now provides mult-media services to attorneys for mediations, arbitrations and trials.

Michael developed his interest in the media at an early age. The photo to the right (left arrow) kestens photo shows Michael at the age of three, standing with his family just outside their home in Osburn, Idaho. You can see radio station KWAL (right arrow) next door. Between the ages of three and six, Michael spent many Saturday mornings as a resident guest on KWAL's "Aunt Jane" program. The time was spent talking to "Aunt Jane" about the stories she read on the air and describing for the children at home his own crayon drawings.

Those early days on the radio left a lasting impression. His first year of college, Michael worked at the campus radio station, KUOI, at the University of Idaho. After transferring to the University of Oregon, he began working at the Oregon Daily Emerald, the student run newspaper. While still at the U of O, he reported news for KZEL FM, Eugene, at that time located in an old laundromat building in the back of a trailer park in Glenwood.

Upon graduation, Michael worked in radio news at KIHR AM Hood River, Oregon, and KBDF AM - KZEL FM Eugene. He spent 15 years in broadcasting, mostly in television news at KVAL TV Eugene and KOIN TV Portland. For two years in the late 80s, he worked as a managing editor at Conus Communications, the satellite news cooperative in Minneapolis. His long career in news is a benefit to KestenMedia's clients and customers today.

Emily Smith Harrington has been with KestenMedia since 2004. She assists in all aspects of client services provided by KestenMedia. She is experienced in providing technology and communication support to plaintiff attorneys at trial. Emily builds multi-media presentations, edits video and synchronizes deposition text and video. Her skills include medical record analysis, database management and spread sheet (Excel) development. She is a 2000 graduate of Pitzer College, a member of the Claremont College Consortium. Before coming to KestenMedia, Emily worked for nonprofit organizations in the Portland metro area.