Rolando Hernandez
Rolando Hernandez

Rolando Hernandez

Rolando “Rolie” Hernandez is a producer for OPB’s daily talk show, Think Out Loud.

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Rolando “Rolie” Hernandez is a producer for OPB’s daily talk show, Think Out Loud. Before his work producing for OPB, he interned with The Texas Observer, KERA in Dallas and was a ProPublica Emerging Reporter for the 2021 class. He is a recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and another in Public Relations. While he is far away from his home in Texas, he is learning to love the Pacific Northwest and hasn’t gotten tired of the rain just yet.

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Children and adults stand or sit in chairs in a room. A sign on the wall behind them says "COVID-19 accine recovery area."

Why some Oregon children on Medicaid can’t get the medical care they need

Federal law requires state Medicaid programs to cover medically necessary, physical, dental and behavioral expenses for children, but there’s one state that has an exemption: Oregon. Since the 1990s, Oregon has applied for federal waivers to ignore the "cover all children" rule. The Oregon Health Authority argues this is necessary in order to make more Oregonians eligible for Medicaid programs. But, as the state awaits approval to renew its latest waiver, advocates and parents want change.


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What it takes to teach a dog to smell death

Skeletal remains were found earlier this month on the Roxy Ann Peak Trails in Jackson county. The sheriff's office brought in a specially trained group of canines known as Human Remains Detection Dogs to help with the search. How often are these dogs needed? What does it take to train a dog to smell a decomposing body?


Oregon will have its first 3D printed homes by the end of this year

The city of John Day has been in decline for decades. Now, the city is trying to grow its population by 20% within 5 years. The plan is to build more homes in the community, but they won’t be doing it the old fashioned way. The city plans on 3D printing homes with concrete and aims to construct at least 10 homes by the end of this year.


The Bend stabilization center’s future is unknown

Deschutes County Stabilization Center opened in the middle of the pandemic offering care to anyone having a mental health crisis in the area. The center offers medication support, peer counseling and an observation room for those unable to talk through problems who need more immediate care. A two-year grant from the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission allowed the center to start its operations, but the future of the facility is unknown. We’ll hear from Holly Harris, program manager at Deschutes County Crisis Services, on how the community will be affected if the facility closed.



How our bodies react to cold

Within the past month Multnomah and Jackson county have seen deaths related to hypothermia. What happens when our body can’t handle the cold?


How wildfires inspired artists

Wildfires throughout Oregon have caused devastating damage to homes and landscapes, yet some artists still managed to create something new for Oregonians to enjoy.



How counties will handle requests to reconsider felony convictions

People convicted of some felonies will soon be able to legally petition for a reconsideration of their sentence or conviction. Starting Jan. 1, the new Oregon law requires county district attorneys to have implemented their own policies for convicted felons wishing to petition.


People fishing on the lower Klamath River in Northern California.

Bringing Indigenous perspectives to the stage

A drought Klamath Basin in 2002, led to the death of over 34,000 adult Chinook Salmon. Theresa May, a professor in theatre arts at the University of Oregon, knew she wanted to share the story of the Klamath Watershed community and worked with several tribes to create the play “Salmon is Everything.” Marta Clifford, an elder with the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, acted in that play and the two women continued to collaborate together afterwards.

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