Jo Ingles


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Jo Ingles covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.

After working for more than a decade at WOSU-AM, Jo was hired by the Bureau in 1999. Her work has been featured on national networks such as National Public Radio, Marketplace, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium and the BBC. She is often a guest on radio talk shows heard on Ohio's public radio stations. In addition, she's a regular guest on WOSU-TV's "Columbus on the Record" and WBNS-TV's "Face the State." Jo also writes for respected publications such as Columbus Monthly and Reuters News Service.

She has won many awards for her work across all of those platforms. She is currently the president of the Ohio Radio and TV Correspondents Association, a board member for the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association and a board member for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters. Jo also works as the Media Adviser for the Ohio Wesleyan University Transcript newspaper and OWU radio.

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Jonathan Weiss,

Ohioans who depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program have been issued checks for February to ensure they don’t go without food during the partial federal shutdown. But some needy Ohioans mistakenly think they have to use those benefits now.

Ohio Department Of Job And Family Services

Ohio has nearly 16,000 children in the custody of county children’s services agencies. Gov. Mike DeWine wants to increase the number of foster care families available to meet that need. Here is one effort that’s designed to recruit more foster parents.

Teri Verbickis,

Four medical marijuana dispensaries opened yesterday to sell the first products to Ohioans. Here's how business went on the first day.

Medical marijuana sales opened at the Botanist in Canton on Wednesday.
Tim Rudell, WKSU

Ohioans who have been waiting to get medical marijuana in Ohio don't have to wait any longer.  


Four medical marijuana dispensaries are now open in Ohio and more are planned to come online in the future. And the number of conditions for which marijuana can be used in Ohio could expand too.

Teri Verbickis,

Four different dispensaries are set to open for business at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Two are in the Eastern Ohio town of Wintersville. One is in Sandusky. Another is in Canton. 

Fmr. Gov. John Kasich
Statehouse News Bureau

Not long after new Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s inaugural, former Gov. John Kasich is announcing a new gig. 

Statehouse News Bureau

Four more medical marijuana dispensaries have been awarded licenses from the state. And these businesses are now close to opening their doors.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine greet supporters as they walk into the Statehouse Rotunda for the Inauguration Ceremony.
John Minchillo/Associated Press

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine set his sights on working for the future in his ceremonial inauguration today. 

Statehouse News Bureau

The first of 56 medical marijuana dispensaries could open in a few days in Eastern Ohio. 

Gov. Elect Mike DeWine has nominated leaders for 14 more state departments under his administration. The Senate gets the final say. But many of them have decades of experience in the field their agencies will deal with.

Larry Householder (R, Glenford)
Dan Konik

Former House Speaker Larry Householder wants to be speaker again. And when members take the vote this afternoon, he thinks he’ll have a good shot of winning that post. 

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Gov. John Kasich has signed a bill that will allow some video from body cameras worn by police agencies to be hidden from the public.  


The number of valid signatures needed to put a proposed constitutional amendment on the Ohio ballot has increased by about 40 percent. That number fluctuates because it is based on the last general election and, this past November, many more Ohioans showed up to vote in the state’s gubernatorial race. Some lawmakers had wanted to make this process tougher so do they think legislation is still needed?

Rep. Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) speaks on the Ohio House floor in April 2018.
Ohio House of Representatives

It will be harder for Ohioans under 18 to marry if Gov. John Kasich signs a new bill. 

University Hospitals, Cleveland
Andrew Meyer, WKSU

Though lawmakers didn’t address the issue after a set of lawsuits against a Cleveland hospital, one outgoing legislator is hoping his bill will move forward after he’s gone.

Dan Konik

Lawmakers couldn't get the votes to overturn Gov. John Kasich's veto of a bill banning abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected.  But Kasich signed another bill that bans a procedure commonly after 12 weeks gestation. And these were not the only abortion bills lawmakers considered this year.

Ohio Medical Marijuana Control Commission logo

Thousands of Ohioans have already received the paperwork they need to access medical marijuana and are ready to get it when it becomes available. 

Sen. Bill Beagle
Ohio Legislature

Backers of the six week abortion ban known as the “Heartbeat Bill” are upset after lawmakers’ attempt to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto failed. And some of them are retaliating against the Republican state senator who flipped his vote at the last minute.

Controversial bills involving abortion, gun rights, and pay raises for elected officials passed by lawmakers during the lame duck session.  But those are just a few of the more than 400 bills introduced this year, and just over 70 have been signed into law.

Opponents of Heartbeat Abortion bill
Jo Ingles

The Ohio House had the votes to override Gov. John Kasich’s veto of a controversial abortion bill. The Senate tried to follow suit but, in the end, it couldn't. Here's what happened.


UPDATED at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 A spokesman for the Ohio House says this is not one of the overrides lawmakers are still considering at this point.

Ohio lawmakers are scheduled to come back to the Statehouse tomorrow to possibly override some of Gov. John Kasich’s vetoes over the two-year session. One of those could affect 400,000 Ohioans in Medicaid expansion.

Statehouse News Bureau

After months of delays, patients could be able to get legal medical marijuana in Ohio in a matter of days. 

Gov. John Kasich
credit Dan Konik

Gov. John Kasich has vetoed the so called "Heartbeat Bill" but has signed another into law. 

Governor John Kasich at Columbus Metropolitan Club
Jo Ingles

In what’s being billed as his last public appearance as governor, John Kasich says there’s a reason why Ohio Republicans held the state’s top offices and many legislative seats when their colleagues in other areas of the country didn’t. 

Sec. of State Jon Husted
Dan Konik

The incoming lieutenant governor says the office he now holds has saved so much money that he wants to give some back to the state. 

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown speaks after his victory last month
Aleksei Pavloff

This campaign is part of a new effort to get the three term senator to consider taking on President Trump.

Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst, Ohio Municipal League President
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s cities have seen about $450 million in cuts to their local government funds under Gov. John Kasich. The lobby group that represents cities is looking forward to establishing new relationships with Governor-elect Mike DeWine and the incoming legislature. Here's why.

Ohio Statehouse
Statehouse News Bureau

A controversial bill that bans abortion at the point a fetal heartbeat can be detected is on its way to Gov. John Kasich. Overnight, the Ohio House passed the bill 53-32 with changes made by the Senate Tuesday.

Ohio House of Representatives
Jo Ingles

The Ohio House has passed a bill 62 to 27 that bans a surgical procedure commonly used in abortions. The second abortion related bill to pass in this lame duck session, following the six-week abortion ban called the “Heartbeat Bill”.