Leonard J. Calvert was first appointed as the Information Specialist for the Extension Service in 1961. Among his duties was writing news releases on a variety of Extension Service programs. In 1965, Calvert went to the University of Oregon to work for its Economic Opportunity Program, whose aim was fighting poverty. In 1969, he returned to the Oregon State University Extension Service.
Over the course of his career, Calvert was responsible for news releases and for writing and overseeing the completion of several publications. In 1973, his title changed to Extension Communication Specialist. Calvert retired in 1995 with an Emeritus appointment. Since his retirement, he has pursued his interest in journalism by serving as editor for The Journal for Extension. Additionally, he has been affiliated with 4-H and is currently on the board of the Oregon 4-H Foundation.
Len Calvert was born in 1933 in Lane County, Oregon. He earned a B.A. in Journalism at the University of Oregon in 1955. After working in a number of positions, Calvert earned an M.A. in Journalism in 1973. Before Calvert joined the Extension Service, he worked as a news editor for the Coquille Sentinel, the Ontario Observer, and the Tillamook Headlight Herald. Calvert and his wife Janet, Extension staff chair emeritus for Lane County, have been married since 1965 and reside in Eugene, Oregon.