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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Last year, Ohio lawmakers passed a law allowing municipalities to continue to collect income taxes from employees who were temporarily working from home in other communities. The Ohio House has passed a bill that would change that. 

Ohio House Rep. Larry Householder (R-Glenford)
Jo Ingles

It’s been almost a year since former Speaker Larry Householder was indicted on federal bribery and racketeering charges  then was removed by the Ohio House from his leadership position. But he is still a member there, after being re-elected in November. Now, both Republicans and Democrats are making efforts to oust him from office. 

Trump supporters charge U.S. Capitol
PBS Newshour

Democrats in Congress are pushing for a full investigation into the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building this past January. One U.S. Senator from Ohio has some concerns about it if it comes to the floor. 

OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith
Dan Konik

A new bill would allow athletes at Ohio’s colleges and universities to receive compensation from their name, image and likeness. 

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As summer approaches and more Ohioans are getting vaccinated, many businesses are thinking about what the new normal will look like post-pandemic. Certainly not everyone can work from home. A poll from Morning Consult last month showed two-thirds of employees who can want to return to the office as soon as possible. But that same poll showed 84 percent enjoyed working remotely.

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

Yesterday, in a phone call with reporters, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman suggested Ohio reject the extra $300 a week that is being given to unemployed Ohioans. This is a follow-up question and answer during that call that provides more  insight on his comments . 

Gov. Mike DeWine signs bill that provides housing relief
Zoom

Governor Mike DeWine has signed into law a $465 million bill meant to help lower-income Ohioans pay for rent and mortgages. 

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-04, Urbana) in 2019.
Sen. Rob Portman's campaign page on Facebook

 

Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator is urging the state to stop providing the $300 weekly federal checks to unemployed Ohioans, which will stop coming September 6 unless another COVID relief package extends them. 

 

Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee
Jo Ingles

Ohio Congressman Anthony Gonzalez has been censured by the Ohio Republican Party’s State Central Committee in two separate resolutions. And the effect that will have on his political future is unclear.

John Kennedy shows his vial of insulin to reporters on Zoom call
Zoom

There’s a bill in Congress that Ohio Democrats say would help lower the price of prescription drugs. Some state representatives here are pushing to get it passed. 

Stephanie McCloud, director Ohio Department of Health
Jo Ingles

The Ohio Department of Health director has signed some new orders dealing with the care of older Ohioans. 

Karen Kasler

The Board of Education for a southwest Ohio school district has voted to defy the state’s mask mandate. 

Richard Cordray
Dan Konik

The first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 2018 Democratic candidate for governor has a new job in Washington D.C. Richard Cordray will be overseeing federal student loans. And in that role, he will be figuring out how to deliver on promise President Biden made on student debt. 

Jo Ingles

Ohio-based Nationwide Insurance reports its SmartRide mobile app showed drivers are taking their eyes off the road 13 times a day for up to six seconds each time. Now, there’s a new bill in the state legislature that would crack down on distracted driving. 

Dan Konik

Just over a third of all Ohioans have been vaccinated against COVID-19. And the demand for vaccines is slowing. Even so, there’s a bill under consideration at the Ohio Statehouse that would bar employers from requiring their employees get vaccinated and it goes a step further. 

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The pandemic has created strain on many Ohio families, but a new report shows it has also been stressful for pets, especially those living in homes where domestic abuse has been prevalent. And a law meant to protect people and pets from abusers has not been enforced in most of those cases.

Vice President Kamala Harris
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Vice President Kamala Harris is expected to be in the Cincinnati area tomorrow. Details of her visit are not yet known.  

Columbus Police, June 2020
Jo Ingles

This story was updated at 1 p.m., Friday April 20, 2021

Hundreds were expected to attend a “Back the Blue” rally at the Ohio Statehouse Saturday morning, sponsored by a controversial gun rights group.

Construction near Columbus
Statehouse News Bureau

After 100 days in office, President Joe Biden is set to lay out his legislative agenda before his first joint session of Congress tonight. Ohio’s two Senators are split over the plans they think he will talk about. 

Students at Licking Heights School
Dan Konik

A coalition of progressive groups is coming together to support a bipartisan school funding plan that’s been put into the budget after languishing in the state legislature. 

Sen President Matt Huffman (R-Lima)
Dan Konik

The president of the Ohio Senate says since census information is coming in late this year, it is impossible to draw new maps based on the dates in the process approved by voters back in 2015 and 2018. So, he’s proposing a different idea. 

Columbus Police, June 2020
Jo Ingles

Republican lawmakers are expected to release a police reform plan any day now. But Democrats have their own ideas about what should be part of any changes to policing. 

Voters wait to cast ballots in early in-person voting in Franklin County, November 2020
Jo Ingles

A bill to reform elections in Ohio hasn’t been introduced yet but information about it has been leaking out. And Democrats don’t like what they are hearing. 

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Howland)
Jo Ingles

 After months of speculation, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Howland) has made it official – he’s running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated next year by Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman. 

Children hold sign promoting equality
Jo Ingles

A bill that’s been introduced in the Ohio Legislature for the better part of two decades now would add sexual orientation to the state’s civil rights protections. The bill has bipartisan support and is getting hearings in the House. But House leaders say they have a lot of questions about it.  

Columbus Police at area where teen was shot and killed Tuesday
Andy Chow

The police shooting of a black teen girl in Columbus last night renews calls for criminal justice reform and community policing. The incident happened around the same time the verdict was being read in the case of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, found guilty of killing George Floyd. 

Nurse administers shot at Columbus clinic
Dan Konik

If you look at Ohio’s vaccination dashboard right now, you’ll see many of Ohio’s highest income counties and those with the highest education levels have the higher vaccination rates. Public policy health leaders say that’s just what they’d expect right now. 

Julie Murray, staff attorney for Public Policy Litigation & Law at Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Hamilton County Common Pleas Court

The state’s law that bans the use of telemedicine for abortions is not going into effect right now at the order of a Hamilton County court. 

Medical marijuana dispensary in Columbus
Jo Ingles

The state will be more than doubling the number of medical marijuana dispensaries soon. And it's changing the process for granting licenses for dispensaries too.

Congressman Steve Stivers (R-15th district) shakes hands with Gov Mike DeWine
Karen Kasler

Republican Congressman Steve Stivers says he’s stepping down as representative for Ohio’s 15th district in central Ohio on May 16th to lead the state’s premier business group. 

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