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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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State lawmakers spent a hefty amount of time debating new renewable energy standards Thursday.

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A state constitutional amendment offering protections against unequal treatment based on race easily made it through the State Senate Thursday.

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The Downtown Dover Partnership looks to bring more restaurants into the capital’s downtown district, with some grants to help out.

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The House Health and Human Development committee released legislation aiming to help students who need access to menstrual products.

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Legislative Hall in Dover was very quiet over the weekend. A far cry from any planned protests that were rumoured.

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Hospitalizations from COVID-19 dipped  over the weekend.


434 people are in the hospital due to the virus, down from a high of 474 last Tuesday. 55 people are considered in critical condition.


The average number of new positive cases everyday is also slowly dropping. As of Sunday, there are an average of 714 new positive cases every day.


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Republican state lawmakers want to reign in the governor’s ability to enact emergency orders.

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Gov. John Carney officially activated the Delaware National Guard Friday to assist in any response to possible protests connected to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

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The Working Families Party started a new chapter here in Delaware.


The group plans to capitalize on recent progressive election wins.

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One lawmaker’s push to change Delaware’s tax brackets may be gaining some traction.

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If you received unemployment benefits from the state last year, don’t file your taxes just yet.


The state could soon forgive taxes on those benefits.

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The country’s first transgender state senator is sworn in Tuesday, and she brings a progressive focus to Legislative Hall.

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Delaware lawmakers begin their new session Tuesday, but will do so virtually.


Legislators expect to cover some ground in their first month at work, before taking a break for budget hearings.

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Dewey Beach Commissioners remain undecided on changing the town’s zoning regulations.

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Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and the takeover of the Michigan state capital in early 2020 has Delaware's state legislators worried it could happen here.

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Martin Luther King Jr. day is celebrated on January 18th this year. Since 1994, the holiday has been transformed into a national day of service, encouraging Americans to get out into their communities and volunteer in honor of the civil rights leader.


There are many organizations here in Delaware that rely on the support of their volunteers to protect the environment, save lives and help those who need it.


And Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia reports those groups seethe Martin Luther King Day of Service as more than just a day.


The Delaware National Guard is heading to Washington D.C. to support law enforcement after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building.

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What are some solutions to building more wealth and revitalizing Delaware’s minority communities?


The state’s African American Task Force took that question up Wednesday night.

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The state’s Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force released its preliminary report.

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Delaware’s school choice application window ends next week.

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State lawmakers will consider two new bills aimed at expanding the craft brewery industry in the First State.

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Hospitalizations from COVID-19 remain fairly steady, a reprieve from their consistent rise through the holidays.

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The Dover Police Department announced reforms to increase transparency and accountability back in June.

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State health officials are preparing for the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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The head of Delaware’s Court of Chancery is preparing to retire. 

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Hospitalizations from COVID-19 are leveling off after weeks of rising cases.

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The state legislature is convening virtually through January, and some legislators are concerned about a lack of input from the public.

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Delaware could join more than 20 states in making it easier for people to register to vote.

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After the record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Tuesday, Delaware has seen a reprieve, alongside a continued drop in new hospital admissions. Deaths continue to rise. 

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Despite a pandemic and attempts to tear down the Affordable Care Act, Delaware saw continued growth.