Jo Ingles


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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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Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

Health officials are urging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in an effort to achieve herd immunity. State leaders are saying they won’t mandate Ohioans to get the shots but there are some incentives being offered and more to come. 

Marian Jacques

The number of cases of COVID-19 in Ohio has been rising in recent weeks. And it’s going further away from the goal that was set in order for the statewide mask mandate to be lifted. 

Nurse gives shot during Franklin County vaccine clinic
Dan Konik

Ohio is tracking the number of cases of COVID in people who have been fully vaccinated for two weeks or more. And state leaders say those numbers are proving vaccines work. 

 A gavel commissioned by the Ohio State Bar Association sits outside the Ohio Supreme Court building in downtown Columbus
Dan Konik

The future of Ohio’s Down Syndrome abortion law was made clearer earlier this week when a sharply divided U.S. District Appeals Court ruled 9 to 7 that it could go forward. In doing that, the federal appeals court overturned two lower court decisions. Now the big question is what happens next. 

Preparing syringe at Columbus vaccine clinic
Dan Konik

Ohio’s mass vaccination clinics and colleges are pausing the use of the Johnson and Johnson vaccines while the CDC and FDA investigate blood clots in 6 women out of the 6.8 million people who have received the shots. But that doesn’t mean that COVID vaccine clinics are canceled. 

Mike Gibbons
Mike Gibbons' campaign

Another Republican has thrown his hat in the ring for the already crowded U.S. Senate primary.

Gov Mike DeWine in Steubenville

Gov. Mike DeWine has said he’ll lift the statewide mask mandate when Ohio gets down to 50 cases per 100,000 people over a two-week period. But that rate has been trending upward in recent days, putting the state further away from that goal. 

New Africa,

Many K-12 students are back in classrooms this spring but when school is out for the summer, they won’t have a place to get the free or reduced meals schools provide. And with the pandemic, the normal summer food service program will be a little different this year. 

The "death bed", used for lethal injections, at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville.
Ron Corby

Three Ohio death row inmates will not be executed this year as planned.

Annes Kitchen, Powell, Ohio
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s restaurant and bar owners are saying they expect business to pick up this summer. But they are worried about having enough employees to handle the business. 

Wendy Patton, Policy Matters Ohio
Ohio Public Television, 'The State of Ohio"

As Ohio lawmakers debate Ohio’s new two-year budget, groups representing low-income and working Ohioans are calling for what they call the “People’s budget.” 

Cardinal holds Buckeye sign at Ohio State Fair
Jo Ingles

If you've had a hankering for the deep fried doughnut hamburger you weren't able to get on the Ohio State Fair midway last year, you will have to wait a little longer.

doctor using telemedicine

For the second time this week, a new Ohio abortion law has been put on hold. This one affects the use of telemedicine in abortions.

Sign at Columbus protest, June 2020
Jo Ingles

Separatist groups using the hag tag “White Lives Matter” are protesting throughout the nation this week. One such group plans to gather at the Ohio Statehouse.

Bernie Moreno
From Bernie Moreno for U.S. Senate campaign

Cleveland area car dealer Bernie Moreno is the latest Republican to throw his hat in the ring to run for the U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Sen. Rob Portman. 

Gavel outside Ohio Supreme Court
Dan Konik

A law that requires burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion will not go into effect tomorrow as planned. 

Redistricting map
Ohio Secretary of State's office

The U.S. Census Bureau won’t have official data ready for redistricting until this fall. But groups representing voters are asking Gov. Mike DeWine to get the process started now to draw legislative and congressional district maps. 

guns in a case at Columbus gun store
Dan Konik

Ohio’s new “Stand Your Ground” law goes into effect tomorrow (Tuesday 4-6-21) but already, a bill has been introduced at the Statehouse that would gut it. 

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Niles)
Jo Ingles

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan says he was saddened by the death of Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans as a result of the incident at the nation’s capitol earlier today. And the Democrat from the Youngstown area says today’s events underscored the need to focus on better security there. 

Planned Parenthood, Athens, Ohio
Dan Konik

A state law that bans the use of telemedicine in medication abortions is set to go into effect on April 12th. But a lawsuit has been filed to prevent that from happening. 

Drive through COVID testing in Columbus
Dan Konik

Despite an increasing number of Ohioans getting vaccinated, the number of positive COVID-19 tests in Ohio is increasing this week. 

Dan Konik

Gov. Mike DeWine says, beginning next week, Ohio’s colleges and universities will have the opportunity to hold vaccine clinics for their students. And he’s going to allow businesses and labor unions to vaccinate workers on site too. 

Jo Ingles

Many Ohioans have security cameras inside their homes but Ohio law prohibits residents who live in assisted living or long-term care nursing facilities from having them. A bill has been proposed in the Ohio Legislaure to change that.

Jo Ingles

This list will be updated if/when information changes. It was last updated at 1 p.m. on April 1, 2021.

We asked individual Ohio lawmakers whether they have or plan to get COVID-19 vaccines.  Here's what they told us.

Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) gets COVID vaccine in Canton
Ohio House Democrats

Nearly all of Ohio’s Democratic lawmakers in the Ohio Legislature have already received COVID-19 vaccines or plan to do so in the near future. And most of Ohio’s Republican legislators have or are doing the same. 

Screenshots of ads from the pro-bailout group that's trying to stop the referendum, Ohioans For Energy Security, and the anti-bailout group that wants the referendum, Ohioans Against Corporate Bailouts

Dark money has played a role in Ohio politics for years – including in the scandal involving the nuclear bailout law at the center of an alleged $60 million bribery scheme.  There’s a bill under consideration at the Statehouse that attempts to shine light on political donors. 

Rep Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) introduces bill again
Ohio House Democrats

Democratic lawmakers have proposed a pay equity bill that’s become a perennial in recent two-year General Assembly sessions.

Aftermath of a party
Tilted Hat Productions,

The death of 20-year-old Stone Foltz, a Bowling Green State University sophomore who died this month after an alleged fraternity hazing incident, has renewed calls for change at the state and federal level. 

tax form
Jo Ingles

Ohioans will have more time to get their state taxes done this year. The deadline for filing and paying those has been delayed.

Black Lives Matter protest, Columbus 2020
Jo Ingles

A new poll paid for by the ACLU of Ohio, and with questions developed by a bipartisan coalition, shows the majority of Ohio voters want changes in the criminal justice system. And they want changes in the cash bail system too.