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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.

ResponsibleOhio Submits Petitions

Ian James, executive director of ResponsibleOhio, talks to reporters outside the buildings housing the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office before his group submitted nearly 700,000 signatures as part of an effort to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot legalizing and regulating marijuana use in the state. Mike Newman, who referred to himself as a…

Conference Committee on the Budget

State Budget Director Tim Keen offers updated forecasts during the first session of the conference committee considering the state’s biennial budget: LSC Director Mark Flanders: State Rep. and House Finance Committee Chairman Ryan Smith answers reporters’ questions about the conference committee process for the biennial budget bill: Sen. Mike Skindell (D-Lakewood) and Rep. Denise Driehaus…