Roman Battaglia

News Intern

Roman earned a degree in Digital Communications from Oregon State University in 2019. He now works as a radio journalism intern at Jefferson Public Radio through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism at the University of Oregon.

Roman previously worked as the station manager for KBVR FM, the college radio station at Oregon State as well as writing for a lifestyle magazine and the student newspaper. He has a passion for journalism and covering topics important to local listeners. He hopes to one day work in public radio.

When he’s not out reporting the news, Roman enjoys finding new music, reading new books, and trying new recipes.

US Census Bureau

An institution in the U.S. that’s happened every ten years since its founding is just four months away: the census. We explore what’s happening in Oregon, and how groups are getting ready for the count.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown welcomed the class of 2023 at South Medford High School Monday. She was there to celebrate an additional $1 billion a year to be invested in Oregon schools.

Cecilio Ricardo / USFS

Tribal fire management practices were essentially outlawed 100 years ago. But the Karuk tribe is looking to change that.

KS Wild

The federal government has decided to not list the Siskyou Mountains Salamander as endangered. That’s after dealing with a lawsuit because of a failure to respond to the endangered species act petition.

Roman Battaglia / JPR News

Our communications systems may seem robust, but past disasters have shown this isn’t the case. Amateur radio groups around the country, and even in the State of Jefferson, are there to fill the gaps.

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Oregon Governor Kate Brown recently signed into law a bill banning the use of cages in egg production in the state. This means that all egg producers will have to go cage free by 2024.

Yurok Tribe / Facebook

A new tour aimed at educating people about tribal culture on the Klamath River is set to open next spring. The Yurok tribe hopes to stimulate the local economy and bring jobs to the tribe.

Roseburg VA / Facebook

The Roseburg Veterans Administration Medical Center is planning to convert their emergency department into an urgent care clinic by the end of next week. But U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio is alarmed by the quick turnaround

Daniel Torok / USFS

Weather forecasters are expecting lightning later this week in southwest Oregon, and lightning usually means wildfires.

Credit: Veterans Health

The Veterans Administration Medical Center in Roseburg has been warning veterans for months that a shutdown of their emergency department could be imminent. Now, that warning has become a reality.

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There are many differences between Japanese and American culture, but both countries love American football.  One way these countries celebrate their love of the sport is the Pacific Rim Bowl, whose motto is "More than just a game."

April Ehrlich | JPR News

The Milepost 97 fire in Douglas County is pushing clouds of unhealthy air into southern Oregon and even into California.

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Recent reports of squalid conditions at immigrant detention facilities have brought to light issues of overcrowding, lack of hygiene and poor nutrition. But U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley says these conditions can also harm the mental health of migrants, especially children.

Roman Battaglia / JPR News

You might be surprised to hear, but American football is highly popular in Japan. In fact, there are more teams in Japan’s pro league than the NFL. This connection is celebrated in Ashland every two years.

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Oregon cannabis regulators are touring the state to hear from people in the marijuana industry. Among the biggest concerns? What happens when cannabis is legalized nationwide.

Skeez / Pixabay

A new study says a warming climate is increasingly driving many of California’s wildfires.

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Some residents of Humboldt County were enjoying a beautiful day earlier this week, when they were interrupted by an unwelcome surprise. A National Guard helicopter buzzed the skies right over their homes. 

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A local health plan provider in Josephine County was denied a contract with the Oregon Health Authority because of concerns it doesn’t have enough funding.

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The Siskiyou Mountains Salamander lives in the moist, cool areas of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Now environmental groups are suing federal wildlife managers for not protecting this rare species.

KS Wild

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Land Management was ordered to halt an old-growth timber sale near Grants Pass. The federal agency was planning to sell old growth timber in the Lower Graves area, but environmental groups filed a lawsuit in 2017 challenging the sale. They claim the BLM didn’t consider other options.