Samantha Didion

Samantha joined the NewsWatch 12 team in June of 2020.

Title: Reporter/Producer
samanthadidion@kdrv.com

Samantha joined the NewsWatch 12 team as a reporter/producer in June 2020 after graduating from Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.

During Samantha’s time at AU she wore a variety of hats. Outside of the classroom and during all four years at AU, Samantha was an athlete on the track and field team. It was being a part of this team where Samantha learned her golden rule and biggest piece of advice for life: Always be coachable. In the classroom she was an anchor, reporter, and the sports producer for Ashland’s television station as well as the managing editor for the school’s multimedia website. In the summer of 2019, she was a newsroom intern at WEWS News5 Good Morning Cleveland where her passion for listening and storytelling through video only grew.

Samantha is lucky enough to share her hometown of Sandusky, Ohio with Cedar Point, also known as the roller coaster capital of the world. Being from Ohio, Samantha is a fan of all Cleveland sport-- yes, even the Browns.

Growing up in a large family with 5 kids is what Samantha believes helped her become a well-rounded journalist and great listener.

Samantha brought a little piece of home to the West Coast with her in the form of fluffy, four-legged friend named Java Bean. Java is Samantha’s adopted German Shepard-mix that is always glued to her side! In Samantha’s free time you can find her and Java side by side (or with Java far ahead) exploring the Rogue Valley.

To reach out to Samantha or for cute pictures of Java you can find her on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Recent Posts by Samantha Didion

Medford Schools prepare for discussion on new social distancing guidance

Governor Kate Brown announced that Oregon schools now only have to socially distance three feet instead of six feet while inside classrooms. This is part of the goal to get more student back into classrooms.

Crater High School's Threads of Hope receives new project addition

Threads of Hope at the Crater High School receives a brand new storage shed for its donation items.

Craggy Vegetation Management Project going on now to reduce risk of wildfire spread

Prescribed pile burns are going on now at the Klamath National Forest as part of the Craggy Project which aims to help reduce the risk of wildfire spread during fire season.

Jackson County Public Health opens new vaccination clinic as people 65 and older become eligible

Jackson County Public Health opens a large-scale vaccination clinic to get people vaccinated as Oregonians who are 65 and older become eligible.

Neighboring school donates to Phoenix-Talent Rising Field Fund

Student involved in the Key Club at South Medford High School made the decision to raise and donate money towards the Phoenix-Talent Rising Field in the Jack Woodward stadium.

MSD students can graduate with nurse's assistant certification

The Medford School District has partnered with Rogue Community College for a nurse's assistant program for high school students to become a certified nurse's assistant.

Third case of UK COVID-19 variant found in Oregon

A person in Washington County has tested positive with the variant COVID-19 virus strain originally detected in the United Kingdom.

Jackson County Public Health reports 56 new cases and 2 new deaths Saturday

Health officials also reported that 1 case was previously reported and has been removed from the total count. With these changes, the total in Jackson is now 6,865.

Phoenix-Talent schools return for in-person learning

The Phoenix-Talent School District has welcomed students in elementary through 8th grade back into the building.

Sacred Heart School set to reopen Jan. 19th

Sacred Heart School set to reopen Jan. 19th for kindergarten through 8th grade.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 174501

Reported Deaths: 2460
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah34800568
Washington23412229
Marion20116299
Clackamas15311204
Lane11554144
Jackson9904127
Umatilla796883
Deschutes708272
Linn414263
Yamhill408775
Klamath345259
Polk342952
Malheur342758
Josephine305462
Douglas304365
Benton273218
Jefferson206432
Coos196831
Columbia153826
Union141124
Lincoln129820
Wasco128928
Hood River112429
Morrow107915
Clatsop8918
Crook87819
Baker85614
Curry5939
Tillamook5803
Lake4137
Grant4064
Harney3056
Wallowa1575
Sherman570
Gilliam561
Wheeler251
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 3716579

Reported Deaths: 60994
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles122864123628
Riverside2972154525
San Bernardino2945774550
San Diego2748113674
Orange2688694891
Santa Clara1169712013
Kern1078251322
Sacramento1010581646
Fresno1005001643
Alameda852561477
Ventura802301000
San Joaquin714311334
Contra Costa66927782
Stanislaus603831028
Tulare49383830
Monterey43267357
San Mateo41107560
San Francisco35993517
Santa Barbara33863446
Solano31875239
Merced31196452
Sonoma29679311
Imperial27962719
Kings22766245
Placer21751283
San Luis Obispo20917256
Madera16250239
Santa Cruz15554204
Marin13860226
Yolo13559199
Shasta11677217
Butte11549196
El Dorado9719109
Napa965479
Sutter9268109
Yuba609844
San Benito598263
Lassen566924
Tehama543056
Nevada444775
Tuolumne406664
Mendocino398747
Amador362151
Humboldt358737
Lake340643
Glenn235525
Colusa219816
Calaveras205551
Siskiyou194021
Inyo141738
Del Norte12747
Mono12734
Plumas6906
Modoc4884
Mariposa4247
Trinity3985
Sierra1100
Alpine880
Unassigned330
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