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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FormFranklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French
judgejeniferfrench.com

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine is naming a former Franklin County judge to be the next chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

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

Today marks one year since the first Ohioan died from COVID-19. Since then, more than 18,000 Ohioans have died from the virus. We remember some of those husbands and wives, parents and grandparents, siblings and loved ones with the words of those who knew them best.

Dan Konik

Opponents of Gov. Mike DeWine’s COVID restrictions and shutdowns have dropped their federal lawsuit they filed last fall, asking for the removal of the state of emergency that was declared in March. But that doesn’t mean the end of the legal fight is over. 

Catherine Turcer, Common Cause Ohio
The State of Ohio, Ohio Public TV

A good government group is highlighting an email shared among Gov. Mike DeWine’s fundraising staff as a reason to require more campaign finance disclosures – specifically for lobbyists. 

Dan Konik

Advocates for cancer patients have been pushing for them to be added to the state’s eligibility list. They’re now eligible starting Friday, but they have a new concern now.

Judge Alison Hathaway, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court
Jo Ingles

Abortion clinics that wanted a temporary restraining order against the state over a new law didn’t get it. But they will get another court hearing soon. 

COTA bus in Columbus
Central Ohio Transit Authority website

Advocates for public transportation are lambasting the transportation budget that passed the House last week. They say too little is being spent on rail and buses. 

Ohio Sen President Matt Huffman (R-Lima)
Jo Ingles

Congress has passed a $1.9-trillion-dollar COVID relief package along party lines. It didn’t get a single Republican vote. The Republican leader of the Ohio Senate has stong condemnation for it too. 

Abortion advocates unfurl banner as Ohio House passes abortion restrictions
Jo Ingles

Abortion providers are suing the state to stop a new law that requires burial or cremation from aborted fetal remains. 

Sew Cream, Shutterstock.com

The list of Ohioans who will be eligible for COVID vaccines come Thursday will include people 50 and over, those with type 2 diabetes and end-stage renal disease. But the priority list still doesn’t include cancer patients. 

Indian Springs Elementary, Olentangy Schools
Jo Ingles

Nearly all Ohio schools are returning to in-person or hybrid learning after pledging to do so to get vaccines for employees. Now at least one Central Ohio district has closed several of its buildings today because there were not enough substitute teachers to fill in for teachers experiencing symptoms from recent COVID vaccines. 

House Rep Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s elections chief has filed a complaint with the state Elections Commission accusing former House Speaker Larry Householder of campaign violations. 

Lisa F. Young, Shutterstock.com

The Ohio House overwhelmingly passed a bill that changes the way K-12 students are tested for this school year because of interrupted learning during the COVID pandemic. 

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, Ohio Department of Health
Jo Ingles

Gov. Mike DeWine says he’ll lift the mask mandates and other health orders when Ohio’s coronavirus cases drop to 50 cases per 100,000 Ohioans over a two-week period. But why was that metric chosen and how is it being determined? 

Ohio Dept of Health Director Stephanie McCloud
Jo Ingles

There’s a jump in the state’s latest numbers of people who have died from COVID-19. But there’s a reason for that. 

Wolstein Center, Cleveland State University
Cleveland State University website

The federal government is setting up a mass vaccination site at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University. The site will deliver as many as 6,000 federally provided doses of COVID-19 vaccine each day beginning on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Gov Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

In his third statewide primetime address during the pandemic, Gov. Mike DeWine is telling Ohioans when they can expect existing health orders to come off if COVID cases continue to decline. 

Dan Konik

Many college campuses throughout the state have created food pantries for their students. And students might qualify for food stamp benefits as well because of new changes in the federal food assistance program. 

House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Bluffton)
Jo Ingles

The leader of the Ohio House isn’t saying where he stands on a bill that would show party identification for certain judicial candidates on the ballot. 

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio)
Statehouse News Bureau

Earlier this week, former President Donald Trump chastised Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzales for voting to impeach him and praised his announced primary opponent, Max Miller. And other Republicans have called for Gonzales to step down. But Portman isn't.

Youth baseball game in Delaware, Ohio
Jo Ingles

Two new health orders are now in effect that relax rules for Ohio professional and youth sports as well as wedding and entertainment venues. The orders became effective at 12:01 p.m. today.

Stephanie McCloud, director Ohio Department of Health
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Department of Health is making major changes to the system it uses for recording COVID-19 deaths. This comes weeks after it was discovered that more than 4000 deaths were not recorded. 

Dan Konik

Starting Thursday, more Ohioans will be eligible for COVID vaccines. That’s because nearly a half a million more doses will be available this week.

ODJFS Director Kim Henderson
Jo Ingles

The head of the state agency that oversees Ohio’s embattled unemployment system is stepping down. 

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine says there are protocols in place to make sure no vaccines are wasted. And he says there have only been a couple of incidents where doses have been wasted. But some do go unused.

Ohio Republican Party members during vote
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Republican Party has a new chairman but he’s actually a well-known political operative.

Jo Ingles

An Ohio House committee has stripped a provision from Gov. Mike DeWine's transportation budget that targets distracted driving. And that's not all.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s Attorney General is suing the Biden administration over the delay in the release of the 2020 Census data.

Rep David Leland (D-Columbus) sponsored bill in last General Assembly
Jo Ingles

About 70% of people who are facing jail time in Ohio need the services of a public defender. But there’s a shortage of them. Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that its backers say would help.

January 6, 2021 insurrection at U.S. Capitol
(credit Thomas Hengge, Shutterstock.com)

More than 200 people have been arrested in connection with the insurrection in Washington D.C., and ten of them are from Ohio. Here's a look at what’s being done to deal with the fallout and prevent it from happening again.

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