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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 Delaware GOP used the Bancroft School in Wilmington as the backdrop for unveiling its plan to address First State education issues.

Delaware Legislature

The Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force held a public listening session Wednesday night.


The key speaker was a member of the exonerated Central Park Five.

City of Rehoboth Beach

The city of Rehoboth Beach is considering what’s next for COVID restricted restaurants now that the summer season is over.

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The African American Task Force Safety and Justice Subcommittee met for the first time Tuesday.

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Milford is following in Dover’s footsteps and approving trick-or-treating for Halloween this year.

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Coronavirus numbers tick down in the First Statethis week, but remain "elevated" according to state health officials.

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Gov. John Carney updated his Coronavirus emergency order Friday.


Among the changes is the resumption of the processing Freedom of Information Act requests. 

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Delaware State Police are investigating an incident Thursday when a man pulled a gun on protestors outside the Delaware Republican Party Headquarters.

The Delaware GOP’s lawsuit seeking to stop vote-by-mail in the upcoming general election got a hearing in Chancery Court Thursday.

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Sussex County Government

Sussex County and DelDOT signed a new Memorandum of Understanding this week, updating an over 30 year-old agreement.


It attempts to bring a new level of communication on transportation issues.

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The office of Sen. Chris Coons / Lauren Witzke for U.S. Senate

Sen. Chris Coons faced off against Republican challenger Lauren Witzke at the first candidate forum of the general election season.

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The Delaware GOP hasn’t buckled to calls to revoke support for its U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke after controversial social media posts.

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The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is making it easier for those seeking mental health and substance abuse treatment.

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Stan Mills was sworn in as the new mayor of Rehoboth Beach Friday.

Delaware DHSS

Delaware released it’s new COVID-19 contact tracing app on Tuesday.

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After a landslide victory in Tuesday night’s primary, Gov. John Carney now faces a general election challenge from Republican Julianne Murray.

Julianne Murray campaign

Julianne Murray won the Republican primary for governor Tuesday night.

Sophia Schmidt / Delaware Public Media

While a record number of people are expected to vote-by-mail in today’s Delaware Primary, many are still showing up to cast a ballot in person.

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The City of Milford is backing out of the Kent Economic Partnership.

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It’s Primary election day in Delaware. Voters in both parties cast their ballots for statewide and local offices.


Polls are open from 7 am until 8pm.

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The Dover Air Force base held its annual 9-11 memorial event.

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Inside a secretive Department of Correction building, the state opened a new intelligence facility to improve security in Delaware prisons.

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One part of the state’s Law Enforcement Accountability Task Force met Wednesday to begin tackling police reform in the First State.

Yvette Santiago, Sherae'a Moore & Matt Powell

With Delaware’s primary election just a week away, our Races to Watch series looks at a key state House race in the Middletown area.


Incumbent Quinn Johnson is not running - and Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia introduces us to the three Democrats hoping to fill his 8th District seat.

City of Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach wants to address safety on crosswalks by making signage clearer for drivers.

Sophia Schmidt, Delaware Public Media

Starting Tuesday, Delaware’s long term care facilities can apply to allow visitors to see their loved ones indoors.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Delaware health officials report positive cases of Coronavirus continue to trend upward.


There were 676 new positive cases of COVID-19 this week, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 17,752.

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Candidates in Delaware’s 7th District state Senate faced off in a virtual debate Thursday night.

Robert Wilson, Lisa Briggs & Cyndie Green

Our Delaware primary “Races to Watch” series returns to Sussex County Council and looks at District 2, where Sam Wilson is retiring, leaving that seat up for grabs.

Delaware Public Media’s Roman Battaglia talks to the candidates seeking to fill it in this month’s Republican primary.



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Sen. Chris Coons highlighted his deep concerns about the upcoming election at Wednesday night’s Lewes Chamber of Commerce Dinner.