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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

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

Arts Tax Spared | Filthy Friends | Sidewalk Chalk | Rene Denfeld

OPB | Sept. 23, 2017 noon

On 'State of Wonder,' live sessions with Sidewalk Chalk and star-studded Filthy Friends, Rene Denfeld on how her work as a private investigator inspired her book, Artist Rep shakes up the theater season and more.

Communities | Arts | History | News | Business | NW Life

East Portland Arts And Literary Festival Ushers Out DIY Space

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 6:01 p.m. | Portland

Works on the theme of migration at center stage.

News | Arts | local

With Legal Challenge Over, What's Next For Portland's Arts Tax?

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 3:41 p.m. | Portland

A decision from the Oregon Supreme Court has saved Portland’s Arts Education and Access fund — at least for the moment. Can it survive its own structural flaws?

News | Arts | Politics | local

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Portland Arts Tax

OPB | Sept. 21, 2017 8:16 a.m. | Portland

The Oregon Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to Portland’s Arts Education and Access Fund, better known as the arts tax.

News | Arts | NW Life | local | Music

Sisters Folk Festival Offers Partial Refund For Canceled 2017 Festival

OPB | Sept. 20, 2017 11:04 a.m.

Festival shows were canceled the week of Sept. 4. The festival director says it will survive the financial hit.

Arts | NW Life | local | Business

Rethinking Arts Space In Vancouver And Beaverton

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 10:16 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A Sept. 23 arts summit suggests some exciting possibilities for Clark County. Meanwhile Beaverton moves forward on a much-anticipated new public art space.

Arts | NW Life | local

Power Play: Marie Watt On View At PDX Contemporary

OPB | Sept. 15, 2017 5:40 p.m. | Portland

One of Oregon's most formidable contemporary artists shows new work, including two huge, evocative textile constructions.

Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | local | Music | State of Wonder

Sneaker Week | Bobbito Garcia | Deer Tick | Ages And Ages

OPB | Sept. 16, 2017 noon | Portland

This week on "State of Wonder," Portland gets its first shoe festival, the Coast gets a big new music festival with Stackstock, Deer Tick gets a new acoustic sound and more.

Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | local | Music | State of Wonder

George Takei | PICA's TBA Festival | Classical Music In The Wild

OPB | Sept. 9, 2017 noon

This week on 'State of Wonder,' we talk Twitter and Copland with George Takei, hear about the must-see shows at the Time-Based Art Festival, and celebrate James Baldwin with Stew and the Negro Problem.

Arts | NW Life | local

Long-Form Self-Portrait: The Art Of Jeremy Okai Davis

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 7:24 p.m. | Portland

September show at Gallery 135 tracks family memories, and the double lives led by people of color.

Arts | local | Music

George Takei Takes On Trolls, Trek And Lincoln’s Truths

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 6:47 p.m. | Portland

Actor and activist George Takei will appear with Oregon Symphony Sept. 16.

News | Environment | local | State of Wonder

Writer And Firefighter Sean Davis On Oregon’s Combustible Summer

OPB | Sept. 8, 2017 6:34 p.m. | Lane County, Oregon

After weeks on southern Oregon firelines, writer Sean Davis returned home to an evacuation order.

News | Arts

Salem Symphony Orchestra Dissolves Operations

OPB | Sept. 5, 2017 2:45 p.m. | Salem, Oregon

The city's only professional orchestra has canceled its remaining dates.

News | Arts | local

Shakespeare And Smoke: Bad Air Forces Cancellations In Ashland

OPB | Aug. 31, 2017 4:24 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

The Chetco Bar Fire and other blazes are blowing smoke right into Oregon's theater capital.

Books | Entertainment | Arts | NW Life | local | State of Wonder

Rose City Comic Con Preview: Wonder Woman | Luke Cage | Shutter | Autumnlands

OPB | Sept. 2, 2017 noon

This week, "State of Wonder" meets some of the local creators behind the leading comic books as they gear up for Portland's biggest comic convention, where Weird Al Yankovic rubs shoulders with 100 Harley Quinns.

Books | Arts | local | State of Wonder

Summer Deep-Dives: Tin House Flash Fiction | case/lang/veirs

OPB | Aug. 26, 2017 noon

This week on "State of Wonder," we listen back to a studio session with a dream team of songwriters: k.d. lang, Neko Case and Laura Veirs. Plus, the flash-fiction contest to end all flash-fiction contests: Plotto.

News | Business | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Eclipse Helpful For Central Oregon Businesses But No Watershed

OPB | Aug. 21, 2017 8:15 a.m. | Madras, Oregon

Some stores and restaurants along the path of totality in Oregon have seen an uptick in the lead-up to the eclipse; others have been only moderately busy.

local | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Visitors Descend On Madras Area For Oregon Solarfest

OPB | Aug. 20, 2017 3:45 p.m. | Madras, Oregon

Traffic gets heavy around Madras Oregon, the center of the solar eclipse path of totality in the Beaver State.

Arts | State of Wonder

Eclipse Of The Arts: 'State Of Wonder' Travels The Path Of Totality

OPB | Aug. 19, 2017 noon

This week State of Wonder travels across the solar eclipse's path of totality, from Newport to the Ochoco Mountains, for a once-in-a-lifetime cosmic journey.

Nation | Science | Communities | History | News | World | OPB's Coverage Of The Oregon Solar Eclipse 2017

Fire, Event Bring Delays To Some Central Oregon Roads

OPB | Aug. 18, 2017 8:23 a.m. | Sisters, Oregon

Eclipse festival traffic is slow Friday morning  near Prineville, but moving.


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