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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Rep Thomas West and other supporters of the bill
Jo Ingles

Some Ohio lawmakers are introducing a new bill that is aimed at cutting down on fake 911 calls. 

Paolo DeMaria testifying in front of House Finance Subcommittee on Primary Education
Jo Ingles

The U.S Department of Education says educators must resume federally mandated tests this year. Lawmakers in Columbus have been debating what to do about Ohio’s standardized tests. The state superintendent is now weighing in on that question.

Progressive Field
Jo Ingles

Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohioans who are planning now for spring events – proms, weddings, baseball games – should feel confident things will be better this year compared to 2020. But there’s a big caveat. 

Ottawa County bar cited for COVID violations
Ohio Investigative Unit

Ohio lawmakers will look over yet another measure to pull back on Gov. Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders. A new bill proposed by one of his fellow Republicans would take away penalties slapped on business owners cited for violating coronavirus orders. 

Former Ohio Rep John Becker
Ohio House

A former state lawmaker who has had some controversial conservative ideas is running to be the chairman of the Ohio Republican Party. 

Ballot drop box in Franklin County
Jo Ingles

Groups that have been clamoring for more ballot drop boxes are mulling their next move, now that Ohio’s Secretary of State issued a new directive limiting them for the May primary. 

Rendering of Columbus Innovation facility at OSU
Gov Mike DeWine's office

Columbus will be the site of Ohio’s third so-called “innovation district”, hoping to draw in high-tech investment and jobs. And this one will be a $1 billion collaboration between the state, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Ohio State University. 

Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

One of the current frustrations with scheduling vaccines in Ohio is that there’s not one centralized place to go to do that. The state now has a website for that but don’t expect to use it anytime soon. 

Roger Ingles

Some shot clinics were closed Tuesday, but not just because of bad weather in Ohio. Gov. Mike DeWine says the weather has delayed some shipments of COVID vaccines from getting to shot clinics throughout the state on time. 

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A coalition of groups working to expand dental access for unserved or underserved Ohioans says there are cost-effective and common-sense ways to do it.

Outdoor dining area created for COVID at Annes Kitchen, Powell, Ohio
Jo Ingles

The curfew that closed Ohio’s restaurants and bars in late evening hours since November has been lifted. But is there evidence that curfew actually prevented the spread of coronavirus? The governor thinks so.

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Personnel changes are happening at the Ohio Department of Health following the news late Wednesday that 4000 COVID deaths were not included in the agency’s count on its public dashboard. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

Some of the  more than140,000 Ohioans who have recently filed for unemployment may not be getting their checks soon due to another problem with fraud in the system for processing those claims. 

Ohio Dept of Health Director Stephanie McCloud
Jo Ingles

There was a huge jump in COVID deaths on the state’s coronavirus dashboard, and more big bumps are coming in the next few days. 

Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima)
Jo Ingles

Though most schools are still dealing with the effects of the pandemic, the Republican leader of the Ohio Senate says he’s not in favor of scrapping required state tests in K-12 schools this year, as some lawmakers have suggested. 

U.S. Attorney David DeVillers
Jo Ingles

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio has submitted his resignation. He’s one of 56 US Attorneys appointed by former President Trump asked to resign by the Biden administration’s Department of Justice. 

Rep Jessica Miranda (D-Forest Park)
Jo Ingles

A bill is being introduced in the Ohio Legislature that would halt the collection of student and medical debt owed to the state's universities and hospitals.  

U.S. Sen Sherrod Brown
Jo Ingles

President Joe Biden has said he doesn’t think an increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour will pass in the latest COVID relief bill. But Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator says it needs to be passed somehow because it’s long overdue. 

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Jane Timken
Jo Ingles

The leader of the Ohio Republican Party has stepped down. It’s one more sign that Jane Timken might be running for US Senate in 2022. 

Dan Konik

Ohio is one of only three states in the nation that doesn’t test the quality of gas that drivers purchase at the pumps. There’s a bill in the Ohio Legislature that would change that. 

Jo Ingles

The new school funding bill is similar to the one that passed in the Ohio House last year but a few tweaks were made to it.

A nurse prepares Moderna vaccination at Columbus shot clinic
Dan Konik

Ohio has marked an important milestone. For the first time during this pandemic, the Ohio Department of Health reports the number of people who have received at least one dose of COVID vaccine outnumbers the total number of cases reported. And that’s not the only positive indicator.

Former Ohio Health Director Amy Acton addresses reporters at start of pandemic
Jo Ingles

It is looking a little more likely that Ohio’s former health director, Dr. Amy Action, is seriously considering a run for US Senate next year. Acton has resigned as vice president of the Human:Kind initiative with the non-profit Columbus Foundation, a post that she’s held since August.

First Lady Fran DeWine gets COVID vaccine
Jo Ingles

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine got the first of their two Pfizer COVID 19 vaccine doses earlier today in Greene County, where they live. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Jo Ingles

Gov. Mike DeWine has laid out his proposed two-year state budget. It sinks $1 billion into one-time spending.

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If you are over 75 and qualify for a COVID vaccine in Ohio, you can go to the state’s coronavirus website and find places where they are being offered. But many Ohioans still find it difficult to get a shot scheduled. 

Senate Democrats outline their priorities in Jan 28, 2020 teleconference
Jo Ingles

Democrats in Ohio’s Senate have laid out their priorities for the upcoming budget. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chair Liz Walters
Submitted by Liz Walters

Multiple sources confirm there have been some big staffing changes at the Ohio Democratic Party in recent days. 

Melissa Sullivan, Ex. Director, Ohio Funeral Directors Association
Jo Ingles

Ohio’s funeral home directors are lobbying state leaders to be given priority in the COVID-19 vaccination plans.

Lisa Hamilton, Administrator, Grafton Oaks Nursing Center
Jo Ingles

More than half of nursing home workers have refused the vaccine but at least one Ohio nursing home is beating the odds.

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