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April Baer

April Baer hosts the weekly radio arts show, "State of Wonder," at Oregon Public Broadcasting, covering how art is made and consumed. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of "Morning Edition" at OPB

Before coming to OPB in 2004, she worked as a studio engineer, host, reporter and occasional music host at several stations in Ohio.

She earned a degree in communications from Ohio State University.

April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.

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Recent Articles

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Saying Goodbye To The Oregon College Of Art And Craft

It’s far from the only institutional loss Oregon artists have suffered lately, but OCAC’s end reads as a blow to the heart of the region's creative identity.

Arts | Education | News | Music | local | State of Wonder

Marcus Fischer | A Brief History Of Craft | Goodbye To OCAC | Amy Dotson Coming To NW Film

A few updates on our creative scene, some of which will get fists pumping in the air, others will leave you feeling like your team left town.

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Tales Of The Side Hustle | Amy Miller | Jodi Darby | Alicia Jo Rabins | Ro Tam | Ben Tyler

The jobs that pay money. The jobs that pay out in other ways. The jobs that make art possible, and the ones threatening to take over everything. We’re checking them all out for this week’s "State of Wonder," as we talk to artists about the work they do for love, for money, or some mix of the two.

Behind Portland's Oni Press Merger With Lion Forge Comics

One of the city's storied small presses sheds some staff and makes a move toward new content.

Arts | NW Life | local

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Receives $4.5 Million From Warren Buffett's Sister

The unrestricted gift comes as the festival prepares for a leadership transition and another volatile fire season.

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Marisa Anderson | Mohanad Elshieky | Bhi Bhiman

Reverberations: Three artists respond to this moment in America.

Arts | Entertainment | Music | local | Sessions

Helado Negro Centers Voice On 'This Is How You Smile'

Known for his surreal textures and dreamy vocals, wildly talented songwriter Roberto Carlos Lange joins us in our latest session.

Arts | Education | News | local

Playing For Keeps: Pendleton's String Education Program

Generations of players have come through a ground-breaking string education program that supports young musicians at every stage of development.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Helado Negro | Saloli | Malheur Refuge Symphony | Pendleton’s String Education Program

How music moves us. Stories about composers' musical interface with the past, interpretations of our present and instructing players of the future through song.

Arts | Education | News | local

Pacific Northwest College Of Art President Don Tuski Leaving

President Don Tuski is leaving the Pacific Northwest College of Art after three years on the job. 

Arts | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

Soul’d Out Festival | Shy Girls | Jacqueline Woodson | Raven Chacon | Oregon East Symphony | The 1491s

Sometimes, innovation isn’t about radical concepts, but fresh perspectives. This week — musicians, authors and performers who offer new takes on familiar themes.

Arts | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

Colson Whitehead | Black Life Experimental Research Group | Mary Kathryn Nagle | Alex Chiu

Go beyond your textbooks. This week — artists and writers whose work is illuminating the histories that have been pushed to the margins. We might not always get it right, but it’s important we try.

Arts | local | State of Wonder

Mohsin Hamid | Terese Marie Mailhot | Mitchell S. Jackson

This week, we’re going home — wherever that is. Three contemporary writers on how their upbringing has shaped their identity and their work.

Arts | Books | Music | local | Entertainment | State of Wonder

Lindy West And 'Shrill' | Dick Dale | Morgan Parker | Tommy Pico | Kathleen Collins and 'Losing Ground'

This week, we’re digging a little deeper, looking past the surface. These are the best stories you’ve never heard.

News | local

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Hires Nataki Garrett As Artistic Director

Nataki Garrett arrives in August to take the baton from Bill Rauch.

Arts | Entertainment | NW Life | Music | Sessions

Nilüfer Yanya At Type Foundry Studio

We met with the 23-year-old London artist on her first national tour in the U.S. She and her band play songs from her album, "Miss Universe," in a session at Type Foundry Studio in Portland.

Arts | Books | Family | local | Entertainment

Brian Michael Bendis And David F. Walker Team Up for Wonder Comics’ 'Naomi'

A black teen in the fictional Oregon town of Port Oswego, Naomi’s storyline teases big revelations for the DC Universe.

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What Happened (And What Didn’t) With Portland’s Creative Space Plan

It’s been about a year since Portland City Council passed a plan to preserve affordable space for artists and makers. So what has happened since?