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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

Tornado confirmed on perimeter of Bootleg Fire

Today officials posted on the Bootleg Fire Facebook page that a tornado was confirmed on the eastern perimeter of the Bootleg Fire on July 18, 2021.

Free concert at Emigrant Lake will honor 2020 wildfire victims

On Friday July 23, 2021 a free concert will be held at Emigrant Lake to honor the wildfire victims and responders of the South Obenchain and the Almeda Fires. The concert will begin at 7 pm at shelter D.

4H and FFA members excited to be back at the Jackson County Fairgrounds

4-H and FFA members are excited to be back in person at the Jackson County Fair. This comes after last year was done virtually due to the pandemic.

Jackson County Fair prepares for long-awaited return on Wednesday

Rides are all set up and ready to welcome people back to the fair for the first time in two years.

Car crashes into Lil' Pantry on Table Rock Rd

The Manager of Lil' Pantry on Table Rock Road in Central Point tells Newswatch 12 that last night a car smashed through the front doors of the store.

Air conditioning concerns rise during extreme temperatures

With the excessive heat warning in our area, Caveman Heating and Cooling says they have had an increase in calls related to air conditioning units burning out.

Jackson County Fair happening at 100% capacity

Jackson County Fair will be happening at 100% capacity on July 14th through the 18th.

OHA reports 227 new covid-19 cases and 2 new deaths

There are two new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,763, the Oregon Health Authority reported at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday June 26, 2021.

Fire Crews Make Steady Progress on Cutoff Fire Near Bonanza

Fire managers estimate that over half of the fire’s 1,500-acre perimeter has been lined. Containment sits at 10%.

OHA reports 289 new COVID-19 cases and 3 new deaths

The OHA is reporting there are three new COVID-19 related deaths in Oregon, raising the state’s death toll to 2,753.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 224547

Reported Deaths: 2877
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah42425618
Washington28176259
Marion24842333
Clackamas20349243
Lane15401176
Jackson13240160
Deschutes1074187
Umatilla988394
Linn644882
Yamhill515882
Klamath498279
Douglas479594
Polk440457
Josephine438076
Malheur370967
Benton354822
Jefferson252842
Coos241040
Columbia213732
Union175924
Wasco160631
Lincoln159122
Crook144724
Hood River128934
Morrow125017
Clatsop123711
Baker116018
Curry86512
Tillamook7985
Grant5657
Lake4868
Harney46611
Wallowa2486
Gilliam881
Sherman872
Wheeler491
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 4003787

Reported Deaths: 64620
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles131165624721
Riverside3112424667
San Bernardino3095025265
San Diego3011003805
Orange2856205146
Santa Clara1245862183
Sacramento1178311790
Kern1143421428
Fresno1057321746
Alameda980131290
Ventura845891046
Contra Costa78084836
San Joaquin776151461
Stanislaus666191097
Tulare50731854
San Mateo45255588
Monterey44651528
San Francisco41758565
Solano36525261
Santa Barbara36106469
Sonoma33414331
Merced33321485
Imperial29333746
Placer25624307
Kings23790251
San Luis Obispo22356267
Madera17220249
Santa Cruz16779207
Yolo15149215
Marin15039243
Butte13523205
Shasta13179242
El Dorado11312121
Napa1055282
Sutter10343127
Yuba712950
San Benito632664
Tehama592766
Lassen590526
Nevada568575
Humboldt535154
Mendocino485652
Tuolumne469173
Lake440866
Amador395348
Siskiyou259640
Glenn248127
Colusa238118
Calaveras235658
Del Norte174710
Inyo148238
Mono13395
Plumas7926
Modoc5767
Mariposa5377
Trinity4696
Sierra1370
Alpine910
Unassigned810
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