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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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City of Rehoboth

The concepts for expanding Rehoboth Beach’s street redesign are out, but issues surrounding parking remain.


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The state will now offer more support — and more importantly funding — to businesses looking for a spot to build in Delaware.


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Every year thousands of students head to the Delaware State Fair to show off a year's worth of training and discipline — and the animals  they’ve bonded with.

 

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia joined them in Harrington to learn about the value kids get from youth agriculture programs.

Delaware General Assembly

State Rep. Gerald Brady says he won’t run for re-election next year, after an email scandal that has constituents up in arms.


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Incoming federal funds from the proposed budget could mean new opportunities for Delaware’s students in agriculture.


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One of the biggest clean water initiatives in state history was signed by Gov. John Carney this week.


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Delaware lawmakers debated new protections for renters in the state Monday.


Delaware General Assembly

A Democratic state lawmaker is apologizing after using a racial slur in an email this week.


Delaware State Fair

The Delaware State Fair starts Thursday, and this year it's back in full force.


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Newark voters decide who should represent them on city council in a special election Tuesday.

Delaware General Assembly

Sen. Ernie Lopez reflects on his last ten years serving Delaware's beach towns in the state senate, after he announced he won't be running for re-election next year.


Rehoboth Beach Commissioners wrapped up the latest reversal of Clear Space Theatre’s site plan approval, but not without last minute controversy.

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The Summer Food Service program delivered over three times more meals to Delaware children than usual last summer.

 

And temporary changes to the program have ignited a call to make them permanent.


Rehoboth Beach residents vote to fill two commissioner seats August 14th.

Four candidates are vying to represent the city as it grapples with new development, a tourist boom, and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia begins our series of candidate conversations with the one incumbent in the race, Richard Byrne.


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A new commissioner oversees Delaware’s 17 prisons and community corrections centers starting Thursday.

 

And many priorities remain the same.

 

 

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Delaware education and mental health advocates gathered to discuss expanding access to mental health services for students in the First State.


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Another carwash in Dover? The city council says no, despite greater development in West Dover.


Sen. Chris Coons is one of the 22 senators negotiating a bipartisan infrastructure deal.

 

He’s pursuing a bipartisan deal in a deeply divided era.


Dewey Town Commissioners met with their new consultant to discuss their options going forward with new wireless tower installations.


City of Rehoboth

Rehoboth Beach is moving forward with a search for a city planner.

Delaware Public Media

President Biden announced he’s appointing Gov. John Carney to his Council of Governors.

Be careful in Sussex County this summer, two varieties of invasive poisonous plants have been spotted throughout the county.

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The Food Bank of Delaware has hosted over 140 drive-thru pantries since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

And it’s now looking for ways to serve hungry Delawareans post-pandemic.

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Pushing to meet President Biden’s climate change targets in his home state, Delaware lawmakers are creating an environmental justice task force to ensure infrastructure projects benefit marginalized Delawareans.


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State lawmakers’ accomplishments this year include some progress on police reforms.


Clear Space Theatre

For the second time in eight months, Rehoboth Beach commissioners reverse a planning commission decision on a proposed downtown theatre. 


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The fight in Dewey Beach over 5G cell towers continues to heat up, with a new lawsuit and continued frustration from town officials.

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Three of the four budget bills were signed by Gov. John Carney Wednesday, the last day of the legislative session.

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Lawmakers approve an expansion to last year’s single use plastic bag ban.

 

HB 212 aims to close the loopholes found in the newly implemented prohibition.


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Lawmakers passed the largest bond bill in state history today Tuesday, with both chambers overwhemingly approving the $1.3 billion plan.

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