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. 

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Northern California’s Yurok Tribe announced a deal last week to purchase the Mad River Brewing company in Humboldt County.

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On the native land of the Shasta and Takelma people, a group of teenagers wearing bright dance regalia and fur headdresses swirled around the Southern Oregon University student union building on Monday.

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A cat-size animal in the weasel family native to Southern Oregon will receive greater habitat protection thanks to a new agreement announced this week between the Oregon Department of Forestry and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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At the State of Jefferson cross-country meet in Ashland’s Lithia Park, the tangy smell of trampled grass hangs in the air. Lanky teenagers sprint the last few hundred yards to the race finish line while parents and classmates cheer from the edge of the course.

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The 2020 presidential campaign season is just beginning but next month on November 5, counties will hold a number of local elections across California and Oregon. The deadline for new voters to register is coming up fast.

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Annual data released this week ranks Asante Ashland Community Hospital with some of the largest penalties in Oregon for low hospital quality measures.

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The sheriff of Jackson County is continuing to campaign for a new jail to address what he says is serious overcrowding at the facility in Medford.

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The first public meeting in the Rogue Valley to discuss Oregon’s new Corporate Activity Tax was held Tuesday night in Medford.

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The Oregon Department of Revenue is hosting two town hall meetings in the Rogue Valley this week to discuss a new corporate business tax.

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Hundreds of high schoolers from throughout the Rogue Valley left school on Friday to demand political action to address climate change. Marches took place in Ashland, Medford, Grants Pass and half a dozen other small towns south to Redding.  

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Two crops common to Southern Oregon, wine grapes and hemp, were the focus of a conference call with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and reporters on Thursday.  

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A bipartisan group of Representatives is calling on Congress this week to extend funding for a program that brings medical residents to rural health centers, including Shasta Community Health Center in Redding.

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Governor Kate Brown’s Council on Wildfire Response held a meeting to discuss new wildfire management plans on Monday. Their draft proposal is already getting pushback from one firefighting group.

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With the university school year set to begin in a matter of weeks, some state union employees are considering going on strike, including more than 350 members of SEIU Local 503 in Southern Oregon.  

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Growing conflicts last year between a southwest Oregon wolf pack and livestock are the inspiration for a workshop in Jackson County this weekend. The two-day event is focused on how Southern Oregon ranchers can protect their animals.

Last year the group of six wolves known as the Rogue pack killed 13 animals, including several dogs, according to officials with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

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Jackson County has become the first in Oregon to formally declare addiction a public health crisis.

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Oregon Senator Ron Wyden visited Lone Pine Drug in Medford on Tuesday to discuss his plan to lower U.S. prescription drug prices.


A recent report about reduced criminal justice funding in Northern Oregon warns about the risk of fewer jail beds and inmates being released from jail early. But space issues are an even bigger problem in Southern Oregon, according to Jackson County Sheriff Nate Sickler. 

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Overflow crowds filled the Josephine County Fairgrounds auditorium in Grants Pass Wednesday night for a symposium on the region’s booming hemp industry. State officials discussed power usage in greenhouses, fire risks posed by the CBD extraction process with hemp, and threats to fish from agricultural water diversions. 


Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley discussed new legislation he’s sponsoring to stop drug companies from charging American patients more than what people pay for pharmaceuticals in other countries.