Jacob Lewin

Reporter

Jacob Lewin is a veteran  radio journalist whose work has been featured on Morning Edition, Marketplace, the Northwest News Network, and Oregon Public Broadcasting as well as KLCC-FM/Eugene.

He was also News Director at KINK-FM/Portland. His awards include an Edward R. Murrow for sound and a Scripps-Howard for radio journalism.  His beat for KLCC includes Latino issues, Oregon’s  rural/urban divide, and coverage of the coast, the north Willamette Valley, and central Oregon.

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Jacob Lewin

A recent Census Bureau survey shows that people from Asia make up a third of all immigrants in Oregon.  They are our fastest growing minority and our fastest growing immigrant group.

Galvez family

President Trump is proposing cutting legal immigration by half.  The federal government has ramped up arrests of undocumented foreigners.  The dreamers are on hold. Yet in Oregon, immigrants continue to make their mark on the state's economy.

A Gem in Albany

Aug 15, 2017
Jacob Lewin

After fourteen years and the efforts of nearly 400 volunteers, downtown Albany unveils a gem today. An old-fashioned carousel opens to the public. Almost everything has been built by hand...and with a lot of love.

Jacob Lewin

How, on a local level, do you positively combat some of the fear and divisiveness that seem to be on the increase in our country?  A group in Corvallis found that one way to do that is with food.

Causa Oregon

As part of a more aggressive effort, ICE--U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement--has increased arrests in the Northwest by a third this year, to more than  a thousand.  Possibly lost in the numbers is what it's like to have a parent taken from the home permanently.

Clatsop Community College

Oregon may have record low unemployment, but many of the jobs added recently have been at the top or bottom of the pay scale.  Some of those at the bottom may be eaten up by automation in the future. Economists think these trends will  make Oregon's 17 community colleges critical to the state's success in filling so-called middle wage jobs.

Jacob Lewin

President Donald Trump has vowed to increase school  choice around the country and his Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is a champion of charter schools.  Oregon already has 120 charter schools with more than 30-thousand kids.  We will likely be seeing more.

Virginia García Memorial Foundation

All but two-percent of Oregon's children have health insurance.  Most of those who don't are undocumented immigrants.  This session,  lawmakers will be taking up legislation to make sure all Oregon children are insured.

Jacob Lewin

Nationally half of all public school students are minorities.  Just 18-percent of teachers are people of color.  In Oregon, the disparity is even greater, although efforts are underway to close the gap.

She's only a high school senior, but Sandra Franco is taking a course at North Salem High on how to become a teacher:

University of Oregon

Portland State University is out with its annual estimates of the population of Oregon's cities. The report highlights who gets bragging rights for being Oregon's second largest city, after Portland.

For years, Eugene residents had been secure in the knowledge that their city was bigger and better than Salem. Then last May radio listeners learned that they were just half right:

(Sound of radio newscaster:  Newly released estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show the city of Salem has slightly more people than the city of Eugene......)

Jacob Lewin

In recent years, the University of Oregon and Oregon State University together have increased enrollment by more than 10-thousand undergraduates. The number of in-state students has been relatively flat. The new dependence on out-of-state students raises a lot of questions.  Meanwhile the corporate tax measure 97, on the ballot next week, may also have an impact on that trend.

Woodburn High School

There is a high school boys soccer team in Oregon that has made it to the playoffs for 30 straight years.. It is Woodburn High School and it's no coincidence that most of its players are Latinos.

Jacob Lewin

Oregon's economy has been on the upswing and that's having unforeseen effects.  For some Oregon school districts, it's contributing to a serious shortage of teachers.

Micah Dougherty

With surveys and workshops, the City of Corvallis is conducting a visioning process to see what residents want for the future.  What's clear so far is the enthusiasm for downtown and a desire to preserve it.

Lincoln County School District

Twenty years from now, based on existing trends, Oregon public schools will be majority minority. Oregon still has a ten-point achievement gap between minorities and whites, and as students of color become a larger part of the school population, closing that gap becomes more important.

wilson institute

In recent months, unaccompanied minors and women with children have been crossing the border at a rate of 180-thousand per year. That's more than the surge of two years ago, and the Obama administration is preparing for a further increase this summer.  Some will likely come to Lane County to join refugees already here.

Corvallis City Club

The City of Corvallis now has proportionately more Democrats than the City of Eugene, recently edging out the larger city. It's been a big, although gradual change.

Oregon is seeing a big increase in the number of Latinos applying for citizenship.  The main reason is the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

In Albany and Corvallis, he's a music teacher and guitarist, but in New Mexico, he's a star.  We're talking about Chris Arellano.

It doesn't seem to make sense.  Oregon students get average scores on national tests, but rank near the bottom in high school graduation rates.  Just over one in four Oregon high school students doesn't graduate in four years.

NPR

NPR Education Correspondent Claudio Sanchez talks with KLCC's Jacob Lewin.

Claudio Sanchez will give a public talk Wednesday evening at 7 o'clock at the UO Knight Law Center. Room 175

Spanish and English have been in contact with each other since colonial times. A University of Oregon professor has brought them together for a new class called "Spanglish."

Jacob Lewin

More than one in four of Oregon's high school students don't graduate...or at least don't graduate on time.  The U.S. Department of Education ranks the state 47th, although that's up from 49th a year ago.

Dave's Killer Bread

The United States has five percent of the world's population, but twenty-five percent of its prison inmates.  The state of Oregon mirrors the national numbers.  Now, a bipartisan prison  reform movement is picking up steam and Oregon is playing a part.

"You Say Latino"

Sep 16, 2015
James Newman

There's a difference between the terms Hispanic and Latino. Or maybe there's not. An Oregon comic artist wanted to find out, and the result has sparked a national conversation.

The idea for this story came from KLCC general manager John Stark who had a hunch that the drought in California might be benefiting Oregon agriculture. He turned out to be right (even bosses can be right at times.) He suggested comparing almonds and hazelnuts. Almonds take a gallon of water each

to grow. Hazelnuts make it with just Oregon rain.

 

Jacob Lewin

The agriculture industry in California is in the midst of its worst drought in decades and that may inadvertently be having a positive impact on Oregon. It's caused some growers to look north.  One Oregon crop that is being affected is hazelnuts, which are drawing record sales and prices. 

Oregon Lottery

Half of all Oregonians play the state lottery and up to five percent of them are problem gamblers. The Lottery is now aiming more help at Latino problem gamblers.  At the same time, in a departure from the past, it is also now promoting its games to Latinos and other minorities. 

Octavio would head to the video poker machines at Shari's before work and Denny's after work every day and all day on weekends:

"El juego no fue algo divertido despues, fue una necesidad..."

Corvallis Schools

Oregon spends Cadillac prices to teach English Language Learners in its public schools, but only gets Chevy results.  That's because the formula for spending more than 200-million-dollars a year on tens of thousands of students provides an incentive to keep kids in E.L.L. as long as possible. E.L.L. was formerly known as E.S.L.  The Oregon Department of Education is now proposing to make some major reforms. 

When she was in elementary school, this was about the extent of Stephanie Castañeda's Spanish:

"Hola...adios."

Milagro

It's a milestone for Oregon's only professional Latino theater group...30 years of performances.  Milagro Theater comes to Roseburg next month.

(sounds of set building)

Milagro is getting a show ready to go on the road. The painted cloth, canvas and rope emulate a circus. Co-founder Dañel Malan says that goes back to the roots of Latin American peasant theater:

"The campesino came from the old tradition of carpa, so that was how they would do the shows, in a tent."

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