April Ehrlich joined OPB as the Weekend News Editor in November 2021. She spent the previous three years working at Jefferson Public Radio in Southern Oregon, where she was a reporter, show producer, and radio host. While there, she focused much of her reporting on wildfire coverage, including an investigation with NPR into federal disaster assistance programs and how they routinely fail people in marginalized groups.
April’s reporting has won numerous Public Media Journalists Association awards and regional Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as a national Murrow.
April grew up in the suburbs near Los Angeles. She found her passion for journalism as a teenager at her high school paper, and went on to work for campus papers at Golden West College and Cal-State University, Fullerton. Shortly after graduating, she became a full-time volunteer with AmeriCorps in St. Helens, Oregon, and Portland. She then worked as a reporter in Ontario in Eastern Oregon, as well as Roseburg and Ashland in Southern Oregon.
Portland’s Mount Tabor wins unique honor as first ‘Urban Quiet Park’ in the United States
Portland's Mount Tabor Park has been designated the first Urban Quiet Park in the United States by Quiet Parks International.
TriMet votes to increase single-use fares starting in 2024
The TriMet board of directors voted 6-1 Wednesday to increase single-use fares for its Portland-area busses and trains.
Oregon regulators conclude air pollutants around Portland glass company could have been harmful, had they persisted
Oregon health officials have concluded a years-long assessment of a glass manufacturer that polluted a Southeast Portland neighborhood with toxic metals.
Second sinkhole appears at Cape Kiwanda near 25-foot-wide pit
The second sinkhole is about 30 feet deep. The first sinkhole measures about 25 feet across and 15 feet deep.
After ballot misprint delay, Multnomah County voters start receiving ballots
Multnomah County voters started receiving ballots for the May special election in their mailboxes Tuesday — a little later than the rest of the state.
Multnomah County leaders review past animal shelter audits as reform plan inches ahead
Multnomah County commissioners on Tuesday scrutinized a compilation of years-old reports and audits of the county animal shelter, months after shelter overcrowding and mismanagement reached a boiling point.
Printing error delays Multnomah County ballot mailing for May election
Elections staff became aware of the error Monday, two days before ballots were scheduled to be mailed. They will have to reprint all ballots, setting back their mailing date.
Thousands of acres along John Day River to be opened for public recreation
Central Oregon will soon have 4,000 acres of public land along the John Day River available for recreational use, including boating, camping and hiking.
Buddhist center in Eugene sued over rape accusation against master guru
A Buddhist center in Eugene is at the heart of a lawsuit filed earlier this year, accusing the facility’s master guru of raping and impregnating one of its members in 2013.
New details emerge about Multnomah County worker accused of routing rental assistance funds to her own account
The employee, a manager overseeing the Multnomah Stability Initiative, diverted $9,000 of government funds to her personal bank account by using her brother to apply for rental assistance in 2021, according to a memo from the district attorney's office.