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.

Jackson County Continuum of Care

A winter shelter in Ashland closed early because of the coronavirus pandemic. Like other homeless shelters across the country, organizers were concerned that having people sleeping in close quarters wasn’t safe. JPR reporter April Ehrlich has been speaking to unsheltered people and the nonprofits that help them. She discusses what she found with JPR’s Liam Moriarty.

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Jackson County is now recommending that everyone wear face masks — whether you’re sick or healthy  — to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Covid Skunkworks

A shortage of face masks and protective gear for hospital workers has led to a surge of mask-making efforts throughout the country. One group of volunteers in Southern Oregon is taking these efforts to the next level with 3D printers.

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Age and poverty make Douglas County one of the areas with the greatest risk of becoming overburdened by the coronavirus, according to federal health data.

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Animal shelters rely on volunteers for much of their staffing. So when those volunteers need to stay home, what can shelters do with their dogs and cats? The answer appears to be foster parenting.


The American Red Cross says it’s facing severe blood shortages because of blood drive cancellations during the coronavirus pandemic.

Even with a statewide stay-at-home order, people are still allowed to donate blood at one of the many drives across Oregon and California.

The Red Cross is hosting several blood drives locally, including one at the Elks Lodge in Ashland on Wednesday, then another in Medford on Thursday and Friday.

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Panicked shoppers have just about cleared all the store shelves of toilet paper in Redding because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Now people are having to resort to using other materials in place of toilet paper, which appears to have caused a sewage backup Wednesday night.

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A winter storm in southern Oregon brought temperatures down into the 20s this week, causing people to seek shelter in emergency winter centers.

But when health experts are telling people to maintain a 6 foot radius between yourself and others to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, is that possible when you’re sleeping on the floor of a church?

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While the coronavirus pandemic has hit small businesses hard, Gov. Kate Brown’s statewide closure of dine-in restaurants could provide some help.


The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department has suspended outside visitors to its jail, including inmates’ attorneys.


As coronavirus effects expand, we'll work to take time at the beginning of each day's Exchange to catch up on local effects with JPR reporters.  Here, April Ehrlich phones in with news of impacts on the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and the larger tourism community. 

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced Thursday that it’s cancelling all performances until April 8.

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UPDATE: SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 11:30 a.m. ... Health officials have now confirmed four presumptive cases of the coronavirus in Southern Oregon, including Jackson, Klamath and Douglas counties.

Southern Oregon University

A recent state report singled out Southern Oregon University as being financially unstable, but university officials say that report is based on unfair metrics and a poor funding model.

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Racist graffiti scrawled over a black student’s dorm room door and other recent incidents of hate speech have angered students and administrators at Southern Oregon University.

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Wildfire smoke has been a serious concern for Oregon and California winegrowers in recent years. It’s also plaguing growers in Canada, where researchers may have found a liquid spray that keeps grapes from absorbing an ashy flavor during wildfire season.


A group of rural Oregonians is pursuing local ballot initiatives to have most counties outside the Willamette Valley join the state of Idaho.


A flu outbreak has caused a southern Oregon elementary school to close for two days this week

Although recreational marijuana has been legal in Oregon for about six years, the industry continues to see job growth. Meanwhile, California's marijuana job numbers decreased in 2019.

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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.