Jo Ingles

Journalist/Producer

Contact Jo Ingles at jingles@statehousenews.org.

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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Flags outside First Congregational UCC (Ohio Council of Churches member) remembering those who have died from COVID
Jo Ingles

More protests could happen this week in Ohio or at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. The Ohio Council of Churches is condemning threats of possible violence at them.

Ohio National Guard distributes PPE, April 2020
Dan Konik

Columbus and state leaders are discouraging counter protests this weekend when armed groups upset with the election are expected to demonstrate at the Ohio Statehouse.  Some groups are using this weekend as an opportunity to give back to their community. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chair Liz Walters takes oath on zoom
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Democratic Party has a new chair. Summit County Council woman Liz Walters was elected last night by the party’s executive committee. 

A group of Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers helps with putting up fencing around the closed-off entrance to the west side of the Ohio Statehouse, where protests are often held.
Karen Kasler

Saying "violence will not be tolerated in Ohio", Gov. Mike DeWine says the Highway Patrol and the Ohio National Guard will back up Columbus police forces for a planned "armed march" by right-wing and pro-Trump supporters this weekend.

Uprising in Washington D.C.
Vasilis Asvestas, Shutterstock.com

Ohio’s largest teachers' union says a sitting member of the State Board of Education has some explaining to do for her part in last week’s trip to the nation’s capitol. 

Updated on January 13, 2021 at 1 p.m.

Antoinette Wilson (top) and Liz Walters (bottom)
Jo Ingles

Ohio Democrats are set to pick their new party chair Thursday. And party insiders are starting to rally around two of their six choices. 

Brad Ingles

A new law signed over the weekend aims to help pets and the veterinarians who care for them. 

Crowd beats man at Ohio Statehouse Jan 6, 2021
Karen Kasler

State officials are not saying much about preparations for an “armed march” planned for the Ohio Statehouse and other state capitols this Sunday. 

U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) speaks to reporters during teleconference
Jo Ingles

Democratic US Sen Sherrod Brown is calling on President Trump’s cabinet to remove him from office using the 25th amendment. That would allow Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of the cabinet to declare Trump unfit for office.

Former Ohio Democratic Party Chair David Pepper
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Democratic Party will soon have a new chair. David Pepper resigned last month. Whoever succeeds him will lead a party that has been in the minority at the Statehouse for most of the last 20 years, and in the last decade has not won a state-level office, save for three Supreme Court Justice seats. 

Columbus Police on patrol during recent protest
Jo Ingles

The union that represents Ohio police is urging the state to put officers higher on the list of people eligible for COVID-19 vaccines. 

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine’s decision to sign the so-called Stand Your Ground gun bill into law isn’t sitting well with some city and state leaders who thought they were making headway in their fight against gun violence. 

Empty chair of Ohio Senate President
Dan Konik

The incoming president of the Ohio Senate was absent on the first day the new General Assembly met. But new Senate President Matt Huffman has COVID-19 but adds his experience isn’t changing his views on the subject.

Gov. Mike DeWine and his wife Fran congratulate the first Ohio nursing home resident to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on December 18, 2020.
Karen Kasler

Ohio’s nursing home residents and workers are among the first in the state to be offered the new COVID-19 vaccines. Most residents are taking it, but Governor DeWine says as many as 60 percent of nursing home employees are opting out. Why are so many employees are  balking at vaccination?

Rep. Rick Carfagna (R- Westerville area)
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Ohio lawmakers failed to pass one bill that had broad bipartisan support during the Lame Duck session. 

Dan Konik

At the beginning of the year, few had heard of coronavirus. At the end of this year, it’s hard to avoid hearing mention of it. This year’s pandemic has cost many Ohioans their lives and livelihoods. 

The pandemic slowed down work at the Statehouse in 2020. But lawmakers did pass bills that make it easier for Ohioans to get health care, make it easier for local communities to get money to fund programs and make it more difficult to get an abortion. Here are some of the major pieces of legislation that were passed and signed into law.

OSU Wexner Center Twitter page
OSU Wexner Center Twitter page

Health care workers, seniors living in congregate settings and first line responders are getting COVID vaccines now.  Gov. Mike DeWine says he’s set some recommendations for who will be the next group eligible for the COVID vaccines. 

Ohio Statehouse
Statehouse News Bureau

Late Tuesday night, the Ohio Senate passed a plan that would stop Ohioans from receiving surprise medical bills from out of network providers. The plan, which had passed the House earlier, is now on its way to Gov. Mike DeWine. 

One of a few protestors who came to the Statehouse in December to demand the Senate override SB 311.
Karen Kasler

The Ohio Senate adjourned without overriding Gov. Mike DeWine’s veto of a bill that restricted his ability to issue health orders to shut down businesses. 

Jo Ingles

If you see Ohioans standing outside tonight, gazing up in the skies, they are probably looking for what’s being called, “The Christmas Star.” It’s a celestial phenomenon that happens when Jupiter and Saturn get close to each other and it doesn’t happen often. 

Gov. Mike DeWine signs heartbeat abortion bill into law in 2019
Karen Kasler

State lawmakers have sent to Gov. Mike DeWine a bill that prohibits doctors from using telemedicine to prescribe abortion medication. It’s the second bill limiting abortion that’s passed the legislature during the past couple of weeks.

Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Ashtabula)
Jo Ingles

State lawmakers have been considering overriding Gov. Mike DeWine's veto of a bill that would limit his ability to enact health orders like the ones he put in place closing the state’s businesses back in the spring due to the pandemic. But the big question is whether the legislature has enough votes to override the veto. 

Dan Konik
Dan Konik

The Ohio Senate has given final approval to a controversial ‘Stand your ground” bill that would do away with the “duty to retreat” before using a gun in self-defense. 

Nate Eppink, Medina
Jo Ingles

Some victims of unemployment fraud in recent months are starting to worry they will be on the hook to pay taxes for money they didn’t receive.

Rep Jon Cross at Ohio Statehouse
Karen Kasler

Another state representative is isolating himself, awaiting results from a COVID test. Republican Rep. Jon Cross’s wife has tested positive with COVID and he thinks there’s a good chance he has it too. 

Lt. Gov Jon Husted
Jo Ingles

Getting broadband services to the estimated one million Ohioans who lack it has been a challenge but the state is beginning a new pilot project that is designed to help with providing reliable internet service to rural areas. It involves new satellite technology.

Ohio nursing home
Jo Ingles

More than 30,000 nursing home residents in Ohio have tested positive for COVID19 since April. And nearly 21,000 nursing home workers have tested positive during the same period. Advocates for those workers say that situation is worsening.

Ohio Statehouse
Dan Konik

Two representatives in the Ohio House are in the hospital right now, battling COVID-19. They are the latest to acknowledge they have contracted the virus. 

ODP Chairman David Pepper plans to step down at the end of this year
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Democratic Party is expected to vote on a replacement for outgoing chairman David Pepper on December 29. Here's a look at who might be in the running for the job.

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