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Roman Battaglia

Reporter (Report for America corps member)

Roman Battaglia grew up in Portland, Ore, and now reports for Delaware Public Media as a Report For America corps member. He focuses on politics, elections and legislation activity at the local, county and state levels.

He was recently a part of the Next Generation Radio Program from NPR, where he reported on immigrant experiences in Sacramento, California. 

After graduating from Oregon State University in June 2019, he worked at Jefferson Public Radio as part of the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism. His story covering the role that amateur radio operators play in disaster relief won the Bill Leonard Professional Media Award for Audio Reporting.

When not out in the field, Roman enjoys baking bread and travelling.

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The Food Bank of Delaware is hosting another round of mass drive-thru pantries for Delawareans struggling to afford food.

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The recommendations are in from the Governor’s advisory group on what the state should do if cases here surge again.

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State Rep. Franklin Cooke announced Thursday the members of the new task force meant to shape legislation around policing and racial justice.

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The City of Rehoboth Beach is grappling between keeping local businesses alive and preventing the spread of COVID-19

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The Delaware State Auditor is working on a project to improve how states across the country track COVID-19 data.

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New Castle County accidentally sent out 51,000 property tax bills to residents who should not receive them.

This year’s Delaware State Bar Exam is canceled.


The exam was scheduled to take place in mid-September at the Delaware State Fairgrounds to minimize COVD-19 transmission, but Chief Justice Collins Seitz, Jr. announced Friday they are scrapping the exam instead.


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The Delaware Treasurer’s Office is calling on Congress to expand access to a disability savings plan.


The proposed expansion could allow 6 million more Americans to sign up for the program.

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The Delaware State Education Association’s call for a fully virtual start to the school year has gotten support from some lawmakers.


But the state’s largest teachers union is still trying to convince Gov. John Carney.

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New unemployment claims in Delaware remain fairly steady over the past few weeks.


The Delaware Department of Labor received 2,720 claims for the week ending July 18th.

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Record numbers of Delawareans voted absentee in the presidential primary earlier this month and this week’s school board elections.

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Slots on school boards in districts across the state were decided Tuesday.

The Grand announced Monday it's laying off nearly 60 percent of their full time staff as COVID-19 cripples the arts industry.

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Voters across Delaware cast ballots Tuesday in local school board elections.

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Rony Baltazar-Lopez was the first latino and one of the youngest school board members on the Milford School District Board of Education.

He was appointed to the board last year to fill a vacated spot. He now seeks a full five year term on the board in the upcoming election.

Baltazar-Lopez faces a challenger in the election, Scott Willey, a construction company owner. Willey did not respond with availability for an interview.

Here is the full interview with Baltazar-Lopez:

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Two candidates for school board will face off in the election on Tuesday in the Caesar Rodney School District.

Record numbers of voters are expected to cast ballots in this year’s Delaware school board elections.


Three candidates vie for one five year term on Capital’s Board of Education.


Anthony DePrima is the incumbent, after being appointed to fill the seat vacated when Ralph Taylor was elected to city council last year.  DePrima says he offers unique experience as a former Dover city manager and planning director.

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Gov. Carney signed a bill Friday extending efforts to make access to telemedicine services easier for another year.

Turnout for Delaware’s annual school board elections is often low - and almost no-one votes absentee. But this year, a record number of people are requesting absentee ballots.

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The Delaware Division of Public Health released a new COVID-19 testing plan designed to ensure easy access to testing.

The city of Lewes is expanding its face mask rules to cover a patchwork of the town.


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The City of Milford will be upgrading its police department’s body cameras.

Police Chief Kenneth Brown says one major upgrade is increasing the city's capacity to store footage.

The Delaware Board of Bar Examiners is moving this year's Bar Exam to the Delaware State Fairgrounds in August.

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Renewable energy company Ørstead announced it’s not going to connect its offshore wind farm at Fenwick Island State Park. This means a loss of major park improvements as well.

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Delaware’s U.S. Senators are offering their priorities for when Congress reconvenes in a couple weeks with another coronavirus relief package likely to be on the agenda.

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Cases of COVID-19 among inmates at the Sussex Correctional Institution have more than doubled in just a few days.


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Delaware’s presidential primary had little bearing on the party nominees—but was the first time vote-by-mail was used widely in the First State.

Candidates for Mayor and city commissioner in Rehoboth Beach squared off Wednesday in a virtual candidate forum.

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The Rehoboth Beach Board of commissioners voted Tuesday to roll back mask requirements they enacted just one week ago.


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Delaware is one of the last states to hold its presidential primary this year. The election was pushed back twice because of COVID-19.