Angela Decker

Morning Edition Host

 Angela Decker joined us as a backup host for Morning Edition in August 2016, and moved into the main chair in February 2017.  She has a long history in journalism, but is new to broadcasting.  When she's not at JPR, Angela is a freelance writer and part-time instructor at Southern Oregon University. She is the mother of two constantly hungry and energetic boys. When they are asleep, she writes a literary and event column for the Ashland Daily Tidings.

In January of 1852, mule-packers John Poole and James Cluggage, owners of ‘Jackass Freight,’ were carrying supplies from the Willamette Valley to Sacramento, California. They stopped to camp near what is now Jacksonville, and, while digging for water, struck gold. The men quickly staked a claim on the land in what turned out to be the biggest gold discovery in the state. When word got out, miners from all over the country headed toward southern Oregon to make their fortune. With the miners came saloons, post offices, wives and children. Towns sprang up all over the region.