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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 have covered the Statehouse since 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.

Medicaid Expansion

Mental health and addiction services advocates speak at the Ohio Statehouse about the need to continue an expansion of Medicaid eligibility. Speakers include Ron Adkins, executive director of the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs ADAMHS Board; Bobbi Douglas, executive director of Liberty Center Connections in Wooster; Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman; Alicia Bruce, coordinator of the Mercer County Common…

School Choice Week

Opening comments from the National School Choice Week Ohio Celebration on Jan. 26. Speakers included Adrianne Shreve (Ohio Council of Community Schools), David Hansen (Ohio Department of Education), Sam Smith (legislative aide to Rep. Hayes), Eric Gordon (CEO Cleveland Metro School District), Nicole Graves (charter school teacher) and Walter Woodward (college student):