Rolando “Rolie” Hernandez is a producer for OPB’s daily talk show, Think Out Loud.
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.
Oregon caregivers are reaching a breaking point, want better conditions
Long hours, low pay and concerns for safety are just a few issues caregivers employed by the Oregon Department of Human Services are facing. We'll hear from a caregiver who shares her experience, as well as a reporter who has been covering this issue.
City officials share what graffiti looks like in Portland and their plan to combat it
As the city struggles with unpermitted art, a city official shares what trends they're seeing and their plans to address the issue.
As Portland invests more in graffiti cleanup, advocates offer other solutions
A free wall is a designated space for artists to create, foster mentorships and gives emerging artists the chance to practice street art. We'll hear from the Portland Street Art Alliance on what a free wall would mean for Portland.
A proposed green energy project could lead to cultural harm for the Yakama Nation
A proposed pump storage project could provide power to half a million homes, but the location developers have in mind could harm resources important to the Yakama Nation if the facility is built. We'll hear from a reporter who has been covering this issue.
Why bringing grass-eating carp to Lincoln City’s Devil’s Lake could help tame invasive weeds
For the past three years, Devil's Lake in Lincoln City has been ravaged by an invasive weed, disrupting recreational activities. Now, new rules from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife would allow carp to be reintroduced and help tame the plant.
How a Portland business is dealing with graffiti
Earlier this month, the Portland City Council voted on some of its priorities for the year, including the plan to deploy more contracted cleaners for its Graffiti Program. We'll hear from a local business owner on how graffiti has affected them.
Reintroducing carp could help control a fast-growing weed that’s taking over Lincoln City’s Devil’s Lake
Canadian pondweed has been taking over Devil's Lake in Lincoln City. We'll hear from a local official on how reintroducing a grass-eating carp may help control vegetation.
Teachers and researchers look to the science of reading to aid Oregon’s struggling students
As some of Oregon' students struggle with reading, teachers and researchers are bringing new ways of teaching to the classroom.
Mussel poaching on Oregon’s North Coast draws concerns
On Oregon's North Coast, officials draw concern over mussel poaching. We'll hear from the director of the Haystack Rock Awareness Program on where poaching is occurring and the effects it could have on Oregon's sea stars.
Why some Oregon teachers are bringing the science of reading to the classroom
School districts in Oregon select their own curriculum from pre-approved list given by the state. This means some schools are using a discredited curriculum to teach students how to read. We'll hear from a researcher and teacher on how incorporating the science behind learning to read works in the classroom and could help some students catch up if they are falling behind.