Andy Chow

Journalist/Producer

Contact Andy at achow@statehousenews.org.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.

Andy gained his in-depth knowledge of Statehouse issues while working for Hannah News Service, an online-based news and research publication. He also participated in the Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship program as a production assistant for “The Ohio Channel.”

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting at Otterbein University and took part in the Washington Semester program through American University in Washington, D.C.

CNN

While Donald Trump claimed the top spot in the New Hampshire primary, Gov. John Kasich generated a lot of buzz with his second place finish. 

A new study is providing more ammunition for opponents against the so-called coal plant bailout proposed by two electric utilities. 

Opponents of the so-called coal plant bailout proposed by two electric utilities are taking a big swing at the plan through a media blitz. 

Andy Chow

Last year voters overwhelmingly approved redistricting reform for state legislative maps. Now a similar plan is in the works for congressional redistricting. But some officials fear that measure might break federal law. 

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Two brands of handguns can look virtually identical side-by-side but there’s a big difference: one fires bullets and the other fires BB’s. Lawmakers say this can cause confusion and tragic results.

"The State of Ohio"

State lawmakers want to give judges the ability to put child abusers behind bars for as long as five years. 

A northeast Ohio community continues to deal with a contaminated water crisis involving high-amounts of lead. Now a lawmaker wants to speed up the warning process for any future emergencies.

Iberdrola Renewables

While Gov. John Kasich is making a big final campaign push in New Hampshire, he’s still managing to make waves for lawmakers in Ohio. 

Joshua Lim - Scripps Fellow

Advocates for clean energy usually lean on the environmental benefits. But one group says their effort is more personal.

Andy Chow

With Ohio’s failing charter schools getting most of the attention, the state’s more successful charter schools say they’re struggling to attract good quality teachers. 

Hearings have ended and now it’s up to state regulators to decide if the so-called coal plant bailout for two electric utilities should be approved. 

Several districts are taking a unique approach to explain their frustration with the way charter schools are funded. 

Statehouse News Bureau

A top Republican leader is calling out a state representative in response to an investigation into a pay-to-play scheme in his former office. 

Officials say a new study serves as proof that the gap between low-income school districts and wealthier school districts continues to widen.

Ohio Senate

The second-in-command in the Ohio Senate announced he’s retiring at the end of the month. 

Andy Chow

A state representative from Columbus is speaking out about a federal investigation alleging he was involved in a pay-to-play scheme during his time as state treasurer. 

Andy Chow

The proposed law requiring abortion clinics to either bury or cremate fetal remains got its first hearing in a House committee. 

Andy Chow

A group of frustrated school administrators say it's time for the state to change the way charter schools get their money. 

Andy Chow

State officials are laying out guidelines for what doctors should consider before they prescribe addictive painkillers. 

The bill that makes changes in Ohio’s unemployment compensation system has another committee hearing this week and could soon get a vote. 

The search is on for Ohio’s top schools official and the state department of education wants to know your thoughts on the matter.

Statehouse News Bureau

As state regulators move closer to a decision on two proposals that could hike customers’ monthly electric bills, supporters of the plans say they’re needed in order to provide cost stability.

Ohioans around the state are getting a better idea of how their local school districts fared last year. 

Andy Chow

The state says nearly 1,100 Ohio children become victims of human trafficking each year, and another three-thousand are at risk. Lawmakers are pushing for a new tool that they say can help in a big way in the fight against human trafficking. 

Dynegy

AEP and FirstEnergy want state regulators to approve plans that allow them to hike their customers’ bills to ensure energy production and guarantee income for their struggling coal plants. But a new energy player wants to crash the party.

The state’s energy regulators are reviewing a plan that would guarantee income for two utilities that have coal plants – and it would come from increased costs on monthly electric bills. Now Ohio’s manufacturers are taking a stand against the proposal. 

Andy Chow

Perhaps the most controversial issue on Capitol Square to start the New Year is how to deal with unemployment benefits. There’s a bill that makes several changes but opponents say it makes employees shoulder most of the burden.

ideastream

Utilities, energy officials and environmental advocates are all debating a landmark proposition that would set the stage for the future of energy in Ohio. For the average consumer, this could mean paying hundreds of dollars more on electric bills. But at the heart of the issue is whether Ohio needs the plan to ensure reliability.

Andy Chow

The state is using an interactive exhibit to show people -- first-hand -- the consequences of distracted driving. 

Andy Chow

The state’s utility regulators are looking over a plan that would guarantee a profit for two utilities that operate coal plants by raising the price on electric bills and want to hear why certain groups are ok with it. 

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