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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.

Infant Mortality

Press conference at the Ohio Statehouse on efforts to reduce infant mortality. Speakers included state health Director Lance Himes,; Samuel Hanke and Maura Brent Hanke, parents and founders of Charlie’s Kids Foundation; Leslie Redd, executive director of the SID Network of Ohio; Robert Falcone of the Ohio Hospital Association; Sarah Denny, representing the Ohio Chapter…

FitzGerald Energy Plan

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald outlines a six-point approach to energy policies and criticizes Gov. John Kasich’s energy-related decisions: And here, FitzGerald answers a reporters’ question concerning an increase in the severance tax rate on oil and gas produced via horizontal hydraulic fracturing:

FitzGerald on Veterans Issues

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Ed FitzGerald answers a veteran’s question about the use of instant bingo machines in veterans halls and other fraternal lodges. And here, FitzGerald talks about veterans issues during a round table discussion with a union group. Extra shaky video because I had to use my point-and-shoot camera. Apologies for that…