Andy Chow

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.

Andy gained his in-depth knowledge of Statehouse issues while working for Hannah News Service, an online-based news and research publication. He also participated in the Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship program as a production assistant for “The Ohio Channel.”

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting at Otterbein University and took part in the Washington Semester program through American University in Washington, D.C.

Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray
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Rich Cordray and Mike DeWine are both making the only statewide issue on the fall ballot a major topic of their campaigns to become governor. This puts an even bigger spotlight on the measure that would scale down prison time for non-violent drug offenders.

Rich Cordray and Mike DeWine are both making the only statewide issue on the fall ballot a major topic of their gubernatorial campaigns. This puts an even bigger spotlight on the measure that would scale down prison time for non-violent drug offenders. 

Ohio Republican Governor candidate Mike DeWine speaks while running mate Jon Husted looks on.
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A woman recovering from drug addiction is joining the Republican candidate for Ohio governor in fighting against a November ballot issue to reduce prison time for non-violent drug offenders.

Environmental advocates say time is running out to save a federal fund that helps improve local parks, pools, and playgrounds. 

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Republican governor candidate Mike DeWine wants to reduce the amount of standardized testing in Ohio – one of several goals he laid out in a new education plan. 

Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Mike DeWine wants to reduce the amount of standardized testing in Ohio. That’s one of several goals DeWine laid out in his new education plan. 

The only statewide issue on the fall ballot would reduce criminal sentencing for drug offenses. While Ohio’s chief justice believes Issue 1 would doom local drug courts, supporters are contradicting that. 

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A study shows the country is on the verge of a doctor shortage, but one lawmaker in Ohio says she has a plan to fill the gap. The new bill, HB 726, is just the latest attempt to expand the authority of advance practice nurses.

A study shows the country is on the verge of a doctor shortage, but one lawmaker in Ohio says she has a plan to fill the gap. The new bill, HB726, is just the latest attempt to expand the authority of advance practice nurses.

First Energy Solutions blames the current energy market for its decision to shutter its Ohio coal plant in Ohio within the next four years. 
 
Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports it seems to be the final chapter in First Energy’s struggle to keep its coal plants operational.

After years of seeking subsidies and so-called bailouts, the utility will be closing the Sammis plant in Jefferson County.

FirstEnergy Solutions blames the current energy market for its decision to shutter its Ohio coal plant in Ohio within the next four years. It seems to be the final chapter in FirstEnergy’s struggle to keep its coal plants operational.

ECOT statehouse rally
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A lawmaker wants to stop companies and organizations from using taxpayer money to fund non-disclosure agreements.

ECOT founder Bill Lager speaks to the crowd of students, parents and teachers earlier this year.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

A judge has granted Attorney General Mike DeWine permission to carry forward with his lawsuit against ECOT leaders and the companies owned by its founder. The attorney general is taking a few different routes to get back millions of dollars in public funding that went to the now-defunct online school.

A judge has granted Attorney General Mike DeWine permission to carry forward with his lawsuit against ECOT and the companies owned by its founder, IQ Innovations and Altair Learning Management. The attorney general is taking a few different routes to get the money.  

A lawmaker wants to stop companies and organizations from using taxpayer money to fund non-disclosure agreements. The issue came up recently with the now-closed online charter school, ECOT, which required severance packages to include these agreements. 

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