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The Ohio Newsroom

Our Local News Challenge

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In many cities and towns across the country, newspapers and television stations are becoming a dying breed and in turn, limiting the number of viable options for those seeking unbiased local news, information, and community.

Public Media Is the Solution: 95% of Americans live within range of a public radio signal

To address the local news crisis and to help serve important local and regional news and information to Ohioans, public media organizations across Ohio have partnered to launch The Ohio Newsroom, a formal collaboration of Ohio’s existing network of public radio newsrooms that creates a sustainable model offering news coverage, including stories that may not have otherwise been told.

As the number of local media outlets continues to decline statewide, The Ohio Newsroom is committed to filling those information gaps and securing the funds needed to continue into the future. The Ohio Newsroom mission and structure are the result of research and modeling funded by The George Gund Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for expanding local journalism in Ohio.

Maps detailing the decline of Ohio news outlets and coverage areas of The Ohio Newsroom partner stations.
Maps detailing the decline of Ohio news outlets and coverage areas of The Ohio Newsroom partner stations.

Public media organizations in Ohio have been collaborating for decades and have built strong partnerships. Every public radio station that broadcasts NPR in Ohio is invited to join The Ohio Newsroom, with the following Ohio-based stations already signed on to both participate and contribute:

  • Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
  • Ideastream Public Media (Cleveland/Akron/Canton)
  • WCSU (Wilberforce, Ohio)
  • WGTE (Toledo)
  • WOSU Public Media (Columbus)
  • WYSO (Yellow Springs)
  • WYSU (Youngstown)

The Future of The Ohio Newsroom

After a national search, Clare Roth was named the Managing Editor of The Ohio Newsroom. She leads a team of journalists covering Ohio’s news deserts and producing stories of statewide significance.

Ohio Newsroom reporting and content can be found here, at statenews.org/the-ohio-newsroom, ideastream.org/the-ohio-newsroom, and on all of The Ohio Newsroom partner websites.

Read more in our press release.

Support generously provided by:

  • The Reitman Family
  • Margie and John Wheeler
  • The James W. and Anne H.S. Nethercott Public Media and Responsible Journalism Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation

To learn about opportunities to support The Ohio Newsroom through underwriting on radio, television and digital platforms, contact Kyle Wilson, Director of Statewide Sponsorship.

To learn about opportunities to support The Ohio Newsroom through grants and sponsorships, contact Lori Marks, Senior Director, Foundation and Corporate Support.