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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 film photography and travelling.

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The Delaware General Assembly is finally beginning its redistricting process, after many delays.

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A rare closed-door House Ethics Committee hearing is raising alarms for open government advocates.

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Cleanup crews are responding to a diesel fuel spill at the NRG power plant in Millsboro.

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Rehoboth Beach commissioners are debating the practicality of taking ownership of the iconic Dolle’s Candyland sign at the end of Rehoboth Avenue.

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President Biden taps Delaware State University's president to be his lead advisor on Historically Black Colleges and Universities issues nationwide.

Delawareans are playing a big role in pushing for more federal funding for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

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Federal extended unemployment benefits ended Monday.


That means the Delaware Department of Labor is starting to get back to normal, except for a huge spike in fraud cases.

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Almost 90 percent of Delaware restaurants are short on staff, according to a survey from the Delaware Restaurant Association.

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President Biden is tapping former Gov. Jack Markell to serve as his liaison on resettling Afghan refugees in the United States.

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A retired Kent County judge looks to become Delaware’s next Attorney General.

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Democratic lawmakers in Delaware reaffirm their commitment to abortion rights after the Texas abortion ban goes into effect.



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The city of Lewes may join the state in requiring vaccinations or weekly testing for its employees.

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Wilmington’s downtown post office is renamed to honor a prominent anti-slavery activist — and a Delaware native.

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Delaware’s senators are already formulating plans to build relationships with the new Afghan government.

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Delaware voters could see a rematch in the 2020 race for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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The Capital School District is going all virtual while the Firefly Music Festival is in Dover next month.

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While GPS, radar and other modern navigation tools reign supreme on the high seas now, many lighthouses remain an important beacon for boats.

Delaware’s Harbor of Refuge Lighthouse warns mariners as they enter the Delaware Bay; and has been doing so for over 100 years.

And now, the U.S. Postal Service has chosen the iconic building to become a stamp, alongside four other mid-atlantic lighthouses.

In this week’s Enlighten Me, Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talks to the Delaware River and Bay Lighthouse Foundation, the group that now owns the lighthouse, about its history.

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Cities in Delaware continue to weigh the use of mask and vaccine mandates.


And the state's capital is among them.

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The redistricting process is beginning in Delaware’s largest city.

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Newark is the only city in Delaware that requires new homes to be built with fire sprinklers. Now Lewes is considering joining them.

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State Rep. David Bentz announced he won’t seek re-election next year.

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The FDA granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID vaccine on Monday.


And the state hopes that eases the minds of some vaccine hesitant Delawareans.

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A new program offering at-home COVID tests at Delaware’s libraries is going better than expected.

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State Rep. Madinah Wilson-Anton wants to take a new approach to addressing climate issues, proposing a Green Amendment to create a lasting right to clean air and water, and a tool to fight polluters in court.

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talks with Wilson-Anton about her proposal.

A group trying to build a new theatre complex in downtown Rehoboth Beach is now suing the city for that opportunity.

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A new program in one Delaware prison is giving inmates a job both inside and out.

While none have landed here yet, Delaware could see an influx of refugees from Afghanistan at any time.

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The last Vietnam veteran in the U.S. Senate sees striking similarities between the pull out from Vietnam and what’s happening in Afghanistan.

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The Harbor of Refuge lighthouse is among a handful added to the ranks of postage stamps.

Slow down next time you head through Dewey Beach, the speed limit is changing.