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.

Kyger Creek OVEC coal plant in Gallia County
Andy Chow

Leaders from Ohio's largest energy companies made their argument to state lawmakers why electric company ratepayers should have to continue to send hundreds of millions of dollars to coal plants.

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), former House Speaker, testifies against resolution to expel him from Ohio House.
Andy Chow

Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford), who faces federal corruption charges, testified before a House panel to argue against a move to expel him from the Ohio House.

Jonathan Weiss/Shutterstock

Advocates for low-income Ohioans are urging lawmakers to take what they call a harmful provision out of the state budget bill. An amendment added by the Senate would impose asset limits for people using federal assistance for groceries, often referred to as food stamps.

Natee Meepian, Shutterstock.com

As state lawmakers are working on a final budget agreement to send to the governor by the end of the month, one provision of the bill is a change to the way employees who worked from home were taxed last year.

Line outside Franklin County Early Vote Ctr, First day of early voting
Jo Ingles

Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate, including Ohio’s senior senator, are working on legislation they say would improve voting rights around the country. But there's doubt whether the Senate has enough votes to pass the measure.

Andy Chow

A bill to protect a student's religious expression during school sporting events is on its way to the House after getting unanimous support in the Senate.

Andy Chow

Republican and Democratic lawmakers are laying out their case for why they think former House Speaker and sitting Rep. Larry Householder, who faces corruption charges, should be kicked out of office.

Andy Chow

The Ohio Senate passed the state budget bill Wednesday which sets up a likely conference committee where the House and Senate must agree on a final spending measure to send to the governor.

Renacci For Governor

A high-profile Republican has announced his bid for governor, joining a primary against current governor Mike DeWine. Former U.S. Representative Jim Renacci, a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, says he wants to take Ohio in a different direction.

Sen. Matt Dolan (R-Chagrin Falls) discusses the budget bill after Senate Finance Committee.
Andy Chow

The Ohio Senate Finance Committee has sent the latest budget proposal for a floor vote after adding more than 100 amendments to the bill. Republican Senate leaders say the measure is making more investments to help people.

Andy Chow

AEP Ohio says the Securities and Exchange Commission is looking into benefits from HB6, the energy bill at the center of a bribery scandal.

Twitter

The first candidate has announced her bid to be the next Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court in a race that will be decided in November of 2022. Sitting Justice Jennifer Brunner wants to become the first Democrat elected to the office in 40 years.

Dan Konik

The COVID-19 case rate in Ohio has dropped to the lowest it's been in a year. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) used the decreasing case numbers to call on people to get their vaccinations.

Andy Chow

The state has selected six managed care organizations to carry out Medicaid services, amounting to a $20 billion contract, but a provision in the Senate's budget proposal would stop that procurement process and require the state to consider other measures.

A Step Up To Quality sign on a child care provider in northern Columbus.
Karen Kasler

A group of business leaders and child care advocates are calling on lawmakers to reverse course on a change proposed in the state budget bill.

Johnson and Johnson Vaccine
OSU Wexner Medical Center

The COVID-19 case rate continues to drop in Ohio as the state moves into a new era of the pandemic without health orders. But Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says the key is to increase vaccination among a certain portion of the population.

Ohio Lottery

The latest winner of Ohio's million-dollar vaccine lottery says the sweepstakes was the extra motivation he needed to go get the COVID-19 shot.

Andy Chow

A bill that allows local voters to decide on a renewable energy project is heading to the Ohio House after gaining approval by the Senate.

Sergey Edentod/SHUTTERSTOCK

The Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee plans to hold a hearing on SB52 Wednesday that would allow local voters the ability to deny a renewable energy project through a referendum. Opponents say it creates unfair regulation on the clean energy industry.

Ohio Lottery

The Ohio Lottery commission has drawn the next set of names in the "Vax-A-Million" sweepstakes and the state is preparing to unveil the second winner of the $1M jackpot along with the winner of the college scholarship sweepstakes. 

Ohio Lottery

Abbey Bugenske, the winner of Ohio's first vaccine lottery drawing, was on a trip to get a used car when she found out she won $1 million. She says she hopes the lottery will encourage other people to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

After drawing the name two days ago, Ohio has announced the $1 million winner of the state's first vaccine lottery.

Iberdrola Renewables

Republican lawmakers are making changes to a bill that seeks to give local voters the power to reject a renewable energy project in their neighborhood. Ohio Senators say they're trying to strike a balance between local control and economic development.

COVID-19 vaccine, January 2021
Franklin County Public Health

The Ohio Department of Health says it tracked an increase in the vaccination rate since the creation of the $1M sweepstakes.

Amtrak

President Joe Biden's infrastructure plan includes an $80 billion investment in passenger rail. Amtrak has announced one of the projects from that investment would be another crack at creating a train system that goes from Cincinnati to Cleveland.

Ohio Vax-A-Million
Ohio Department of Health

Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) is banking on the million-dollar lottery to ramp up the number of people who get vaccinated in Ohio. But will a lottery incentivize people who are on the fence about the COVID-19 vaccine? Experts in the field of economics and psychology sound off on how lotteries impact social behavior. 

A technician from the Findlay College of Pharmacy fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer vaccine at a clinic in Reynoldsburg in February 2021.
Dan Konik

Vaccinated Ohioans can officially start signing up to be part of the $1M lottery which the state is administering in hopes of jumpstarting a lagging vaccination rate.

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

In a move to conform the state's health orders with federal guidance, Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) announced people in Ohio will no longer need to wear masks except for certain situations.

Vaccinated Ohioans who want to be entered into a $1 million lottery must now opt-in using a website created by the Ohio Lottery.

Rep Jon Cross at Ohio Statehouse
Karen Kasler

Ohio is moving towards lifting nearly every health order related to the pandemic in the next three weeks. Business groups and state leaders say what happens next will have a big impact on the economy.

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