John Notarianni is a radio producer and host of Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Weekend Edition.
Notarianni's work specializes in illuminating the human experiences behind the day’s major stories, telling personal narratives of living through the pandemic and social justice protests. He strives to illuminate the struggles of under-represented people. His stories occasionally marvel in the wonder of the our world’s the small details.
Before joining OPB, John worked as a radio producer, reporter and host at WDET in Detroit and WYPR in Baltimore. Along the way he’s worked as the Michigan editorial director for an urban development news startup, served as business development director for several Detroit-based social entrepreneurial companies, founded a brass band that toured Europe and honed his craft cocktail skills.
John graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in English and Global Media Studies.
Oregon is facing a teacher shortage. This program is training the next generation of bilingual and diverse educators
A program at Western Oregon University is designed to create new opportunities for diverse teachers in Oregon and to get them back into local classrooms.
An ambitious plan to keep students out of detention in East Portland elementary schools
The David Douglas School District has hired assistant principals of restorative practices for all of their elementary schools. Can it keep more students out of detention and in the classroom?
Olympic gold medalist Jade Carey on beginning her sophomore year at OSU
The gymnast gained more accolades during her summer break, including being named USA Gymnastics Athlete of the Year.
As Astoria booms, the city balances new development with its gritty-not-pretty history
The Astoria City Council is considering implementing system development charges to help modernize the city’s infrastructure. The city is considering hiring a consultant to make recommendations on how much the city should charge developers.
O mother, where art thou? Portland film offers meditation on family loss and trauma
The new documentary “Sam Now” is a meditation on loss, intergenerational trauma and the stories we tell ourselves about our families.
Four cooling outdoor recreation picks for Oregon’s July heat wave
Here are some splashy rivers, alpine lakes, misting waterfalls and coastal oases to help you beat the summer heat.
What to see at Portland’s new festival of arts and grassroots mutual aid
Paseo is a free festival being put on by the Portland Parks Foundation in the South Park Blocks this weekend. It features music, dance and other performances, as well as vendors, activities and mutual aid groups.
Eastern Oregon faces down giant swarms of crickets with volunteers — and goats
A conversation with the citizens of Arlington, Oregon, who are taking the fight against these giant pests into their own hands.
The end of Roe v. Wade, through the eyes of a Northwest filmmaker
Haaken's 2020 documentary film "Our Bodies Our Doctors" focused on the Oregon and Washington physicians performing abortions in the final years of Roe.
Remembering Leroy’s stoop: Mural project honors longtime member of Portland’s houseless community
For years, you could find Leroy Sly Scott on the stoop near the Belmont Market in Southeast Portland. A new mural there preserves his memory.