April Ehrlich


April Ehrlich is a reporter at Jefferson Public Radio. She covers a little bit of everything, including stories about wildfires, poverty and homelessness, and cannabis. She focuses on in-depth investigative journalism and data reporting. She advocates for journalists across Oregon as the vice president of the Oregon territory chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Reach her at 541-552-7075 or ehrlicha@sou.edu.

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Chilly winds and hail don’t bother Buckshot Cunningham, who lived outside without a shelter for years until he came across this tiny house village in southern Oregon.

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Oregon is now one of the few states where renters can have eviction cases expunged from their records.

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Public employees with Siskiyou County in Northern California started a five-day strike on Monday. They’re asking for a better pay increase, health insurance, and retirement benefits.

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U.S. Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley held a series of town halls in Southern Oregon Friday.

His constituents in Ashland were eager to ask about several national issues — including 5G technology and carbon footprints — but the possibility of a U.S. war against Iran wasn’t top of mind.

Children attending public schools in Oregon can still forgo vaccinations with a personal belief exemption, but California did away with those waivers years ago. The result: increased immunization in high-risk areas like Trinity County.

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More than half of Grants Pass renters spend a third or more of their income on housing, recent census data shows. By federal housing standards, that means they are rent burdened.

Due to its high housing costs, Oregon law requires the city to host a housing forum by the end of the year, and it did so on the last possible day.

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The small southern Oregon town of Talent is getting some statewide attention for its ambitious clean energy plan.

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Jackson County has issued a health warning after several people overdosed on opioids in a single day.


Oregon State Police are scaling back some of their off-highway patrols in Josephine County. Meanwhile, the sheriff’s office is increasing the patrol hours of its existing deputies.

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Hundreds of rallies across the country were held Tuesday in support of impeaching President Donald Trump during a demonstration called “Nobody Is Above The Law.”

More than 400 people signed up for the rally in Medford. They crowded onto a busy street corner at the Vogel Plaza in downtown, holding signs reading “Impeach now.”

At the demonstration, Donna Breedlove of Medford says she was an independent voter until the 2016 election. Now, she says she’s fully against the Republican party.

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An organic farm outside Ashland plans to open the Oregon’s first modern natural burial ground this spring.

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It’s been a little over a year since the Camp Fire destroyed the town of Paradise, which impacted thousands of lives in Northern California. The disaster also alarmed people across the West, who are now asking themselves: Could a fire like that happen here?

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Sudden winds and icy snow challenged a lot of people in Southern Oregon on Tuesday, particularly people who didn't have a place to stay warm.

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Snow is billowing across the Rogue Valley and temperatures are predicted to dip into the 20s this week. So, where can you go if you need a warm place to sleep? The answer isn’t easy to find. 

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A major winter storm is headed for the Oregon-California coast Tuesday.

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Camping in public spaces is already illegal within the city of Redding. The city’s mayor wants to further restrict people from sleeping in the streets by requiring them to stay at a shelter.

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A rural Josephine County town plans to make up for the lack of police officers by installing security cameras that will be monitored by volunteers.

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Researcher Jordan Hollarsmith arrived at UC Davis as a graduate fellow in 2014 with the main goal of studying kelp forests in Northern California. 

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Oregon state regulators have fined five hemp businesses a total of $825,000 dollars for housing farmworkers in a dilapidated building in Josephine County.

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