Erik Neumann


Erik Neumann is an experienced radio producer and reporter who grew up alongside the Puget Sound. He's passionate about telling the human stories behind America's health care system, public lands and the environment, and the arts. He got his Masters degree at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Erik joined JPR after several years as a staff reporter at KUER, the NPR station in Salt Lake City, where he focused on health care coverage. He was a 2019 Mountain West fellow with the Association of Health Care Journalists and is a contributor at Kaiser Health News, a non-profit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. 


Senator Jeff Merkley, D-OR, described the impeachment trial of President Trump as a possible “travesty” during a call with reporters on Thursday, if Senate Republicans vote to exclude new evidence from the process.

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Southern Oregon state Representative Pam Marsh, D-Ashland, is proposing legislation in the upcoming session to increase funding for broadband internet in areas she describes as rural “internet deserts.”

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At dawn on the edge of Big Lagoon County Park, north of Arcata, California, Ken Burton is walking through the woods trying to rile up the nearby birds. As he scans the windswept cypress trees and leggy underbrush, he purses his lips and makes a plosive screech. It’s called “pishing.”

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Snowstorms moving through Southern Oregon and Northern California counties boosted the region’s snowpack, but have yet to return them to normal levels.

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California's largest electric utility took the unprecedented step of shutting off power to millions of customers beginning last October. The decision was meant to prevent power equipment from sparking catastrophic wildfires.

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Officials in Shasta County are preparing to apply for federal emergency management funds to repair a dam from which they can no longer release water, that officials say is in danger of flooding during a major storm event.

California's largest electric utility took the unprecedented step of shutting off power to millions of customers beginning last October. The decision was meant to prevent power equipment from sparking catastrophic wildfires.

Now a renewable energy microgrid on a tiny California Native American reservation is proving to be one solution to this ongoing problem.

The Blue Lake Rancheria is located just north of Eureka, Calif. On the 100-acre campus, just behind the casino and hotel, Jana Ganion opens a chain-link fence.

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The Coos Bay City Council voted to approve the latest step towards developing the Jordan Cove liquid natural gas (LNG) pipeline on Tuesday.

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Jan 7, 2020

There’s a contradiction in the journalism world right now. First, there’s the doom and gloom. You’ve likely heard some version of the grinding statistics before: over 500 of the 1,800 local newspapers that closed or merged since 2004 were in rural communities, according to “The Expanding News Desert,” a 2018 report from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Innovation and Sustainability in Local Media.

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Wildland firefighters from Western states including both Oregon and California have been deployed to help with the fires burning across Australia.

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An anti-Semitic attack that took place at a rabbi’s home in New York in the final days of Hanukkah has reverberated around Jewish communities, including in southern Oregon.

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Late last week the Medford city council voted to approve the proposal for a new Jackson County jail. It was the last city council to vote.

Here are five key things to know:

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Price spikes of prescription drugs are the focus of a new report from the Oregon Prescription Drug Price Transparency Program. Included in its findings are staggering price increases for some medications.

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On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case based in Boise, Idaho. It focused on whether the city can ticket homeless people for sleeping in public. The case could have repercussions for a similar lawsuit in Grants Pass, Oregon.

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Birding groups throughout California and Oregon will be outside for chilly 24-hour stretches now through early January for a series of annual Christmas bird counts.

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A new $50 million non-profit medical center was unveiled to the public in Klamath Falls on Thursday. The Sky Lakes Collaborative Health Center is jointly owned by Sky Lakes Medical Center and Oregon Health and Science University.

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As competing court rulings play out over the future of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a group of western Oregon counties is calling for the state’s congressional delegation to swap timber land protected within the monument for other federally managed land.

The proposal came from the Association of O&C Counties (AOCC), a group of Oregon counties that encompass more than 2.4 million acres of land largely overseen by the Bureau of Land Management.

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Oregon’s Josephine County is facing a persistent lack of law enforcement services. That’s according to a new report analyzing years-long funding gaps in the county.

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The Ashland City Council approved a resolution Tuesday night that could make way for a new Jackson County jail. Previously, Ashland was the only city in Jackson County blocking the plan.

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The Ashland City Council has signed onto  a plan to expand the Jackson County jail. Now, county voters will decide whether to spend $171 million to increase the jail’s size from around 300 to around 800 beds. 

James Cadogan of Arnold Ventures works with cities on criminal justice reforms. He’s a former lawyer with the NAACP and the U.S. Department of Justice. JPR's Erik Neumann spoke with Cadogan about potential jail alternatives in Jackson County.