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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.

College Student Voting Issue

State Rep. Kathleen Clyde (D-Kent) voices opposition to a provision added to the biennial transportation budget that would require college students and others to register for Ohio’s driver’s licenses — a move she says amounts to intimidation of voters. Other speakers at Statehouse press conference include Peg Rosenfield from the League of Women Voters of…


A new group, United Charities of Ohio, announces its formation to advocate on behalf of nonprofits that use charitable bingo to raise funds. Speakers include Jenny Rukenbrod Pike of the Humane Society of Columbiana County, Bobby Kortsen of the Youth Sports Foundation, Jason Bogavitch of the Children’s Toy Fund in Stark County and Nikki Reiss.

Community-Police Relations

Gov. John Kasich addresses his Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations. Other speakers during the event included Ohio Public Safety Director John Born, state Rep. Alicia Reece, the Most. Rev. George Murry, Oregon Police Chief Michael Navarre, Commerce Director Andre Porter, state Sen. Cliff Hite and Judge Tom Roberts.