About Marc Kovac

I am the Capital Bureau chief at the Ohio Statehouse for the Dix newspaper chain and The Youngstown Vindicator. I cover Ohio politics, legislation, etc., for newspapers in Wooster, Ashland, Defiance, Ravenna, Alliance and Cambridge.

I’ve been a full-time, professional newspaper reporter and/or editor since 1993. I spent my first seven years working as a staff writer, business editor and (for a very short stint) interim managing editor at The Tribune in Ames, Iowa, a little paper that was co-owned by Pulitzer-winner Michael Gartner. I worked another seven years as business editor, farm editor, county government reporter and special projects editor at The Daily Record in Wooster (part of the Dix chain). I started covering the Statehouse in late January 2007.I hold a bachelor’s degree in news-editorial journalism from Ball State University in lovely Muncie, Ind. I grew up in the southern suburbs of Chicago (graduated from H.L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn).My wife and I have three children.

22 Comments

  1. Thanks for starting this – great stuff. But why “capital” and not “capitol” since you are, you know, covering the…capitol? :) Meant in the kindness way possible, promise.

  2. Good question. It was “capitol” under my predecessor. There was some internal discussion about the name when I started. Someone thought “capital” was a better fit (capital city, I suppose, to avoid confusion with the nation’s capitol). And folks around here are more apt to say “Statehouse” rather than Ohio Capitol. If it were up to me, I’d change it to something snappier, like “Don’t Spill Coffee on the Newsroom Carpet Blog,” buy only a handful of my former colleagues would understand… Thanks for your thoughts, though!

  3. Its refreshing you comply with first amendment rights enabling posters to post beliefs founded on demands Of natural law (what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever Power decreed to be the reality of the real world), God, democracy, capitalism, the US Constitution, and free, fair, and affordable commerce.

    Demanding every corporation, farmer, business, outsourcer sweatshop, and nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization markets the cost in the wholesale and retail price of his or her product and service. Of every workers, consumers, and taxpayers living (including pension and health care). Provide for every child (job) they conceive and fund schools, infrastructure, national security, government services, and etc.; with money derived from wages or independent business profit.

  4. Glad to see Loren has an outlet for his random thoughts of nothing. I truly hope he is running for Wayne County Commissioner. It is hilarious watching the other candidates try not to laugh when they debate and he goes off on his “natural law …only money has value..” rant.

    How did he get out away?

  5. Hi Marc,
    I just discovered your blog this morning. It’s very informative. Question: I was reading about the performance audit done on Youngstown City Schools by Mary Taylor’s office. How would I get a copy of the actual document?
    Peggy

  6. Hi Marc. Great work. Do you still like cheese? How’s Mother Kovac? And did you name your third child Carl, just like you did the first two?

  7. Hello from “Dixland”. I thought of you recently when all the “Dann-gate” broke loose- some serious job security with that one… I’m sure that kept you busy to say the least.

    Anyhow, I enjoyed your article from a few days ago “Weary of life on the Dann Patrol”. So at 12:01 pm today did you get a hair cut, mow your yard, etc?

  8. Still need a haircut, but I did mow the lawn. It’ll need it again soon with all this rain….

  9. Mark, if all Media founded all articles on demands of Natural Law: what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever Power decreed to be the reality of the real world, democracy, capitalism, the US Constitution, and free, fair, and affordable commerce?

    We, the Government of the people, by the people, for the people would elect a Union Man Ronald Reagan president and elect Representatives that abolish FDRs social security program founded on socialist/communist principles and values. That regards, respect, and comply with demands of Natural Law: what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever Power decreed to be the reality of the real world, democracy, capitalism, the US Constitution, and free, fair, and affordable commerce?

    Demands every corporation, farmer, business, outsourcer sweatshop, and nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization and Church markets the cost in the wholesale and retail price of his or her product and service; of every workers, consumers, and taxpayers living including pension and health care. Enabling parents to love, nurse, nurture, discipline, protect, and provide, for every child (job) they conceive and fund schools, infrastructure, local and national security, government services, and etc.; with money derived from wages or independent business profit.

  10. Mark, is a Quorum needed to elect Candidates?
    Reality demands a Quorum of us, the Government of the people, by the people, for the people, of this Representative Republic elects ALL Candidates and decides ALL issues compliant with demands of Natural Law: what Mother Nature, God, or Whatever Power decreed to be the reality of the real world, democracy, capitalism, the US Constitution, and free, fair, and affordable commerce?

    This demands 100% of us the Government vote and every corporation, farmer, business, outsourcer sweatshop, and nonprofit, tax-exempt, organization and Church markets the cost in the wholesale and retail price of his or her product and service; of every workers, consumers, and taxpayers living including pension and health care. Enabling parents to love, nurse, nurture, discipline, protect, and provide, for every child (job) they conceive and fund schools, infrastructure, local and national security, government services, and etc.; with money derived from wages or independent business profit.

  11. could some one email me for some follow up regarding if any other footage is available from SB5 opponent testimony, looking for fire fighter testimony just after FOP

  12. I don’t think any recorded that testimony, unfortunately. I had Tea Party guy, FOP and YSU profs (limited tape and battery).

  13. Hi Marc. How is your son liking Pine Ridge? Our two oldest kids went there for the church youth mission trip two years ago and it affected them tremendously. They still talk about the kids and their situations.

  14. Your readership has extended to the southern state of NC.
    We’d be eternally grateful if Dix sent you on another conference to Raleigh so we could see you all again in our neck of the woods!!!

  15. I looked at the Richard Vedder study. I just compared his per capita income numbers for 1977 and 2008. I can email you the spread sheet. The average per capita income in RTW states is lower than the per capita income in non-RTW states. There’s a slightly higher rate of income growth in RTW states but that just because the base is lower. I can email you the spread sheet.

  16. Old freind1 I’m paying back a debt of gratitude that I have owed to you for 12 years. You are the most honest, fair minded, even temptered news man I have ever met and I have met quite a few!! I want to give you a scopp on an event that is about to happen back in our old stompiing grounds of Wayne County. I will only divulge this information to you either in person , email, facebook (which I now have 3 pages!) or over an incrypted cell phone (Do they make such a thing??)

    If you remember Marc, I pull no punches and take no prisoner, especially when it comes to someone else trashing my name and integrety. I need no help as I have been doing it to my self for years on end!! That’s a joke, Marc, just in case you didn’t get it!!

    Please text me or call me at 501-517-8065!! Yea, that’s right Marc. I have escaped the insanity of Wayne County business as usual fir the seren wooded hills of the Ozarks. Please call me Marc, this will blow your doors off and I have carnal knowledge of it because I am in the “center of the tonado that gonna hit Wooster like a freihgt train soon! \

    Your freind,

    Larry L. Weese

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