April Laissle

April Laissle is a graduate of Ohio University and comes to WYSO from WOUB Public Media in Athens, Ohio where she worked as a weekend host and reporter.  There, she reported on everything from food insecurity to 4-H chicken competitions. April interned at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco, where she focused on health reporting. She also worked on The Broad Experience, a New-York based podcast about women and workplace issues. In her spare time, April loves traveling, trying new recipes and binge-listening to podcasts. April is a Florida native and has been adjusting to Ohio weather since 2011.

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A decades-old monument honoring Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee has been removed from a street corner in Franklin, Ohio, a city in Warren County.

A decades-old monument honoring Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee has been removed from a street corner in Franklin, Ohio, a city in Warren County.

An Antioch College student who joined counter-protesters in Charlottesville this weekend says he was disappointed by police response to the violence.

Spencer Lee Glazer joined other anti-racism activists in protesting the rally led by white nationalists, who chanted Nazi slogans and carried Confederate flags.

The Dayton teachers union voted Thursday night to approve a new contract with Dayton Public Schools.

The nearly 1,100 members of the Dayton Education Association teachers union are expected to vote Thursday afternoon on a tentative contract deal. If the union approves the contract, it would put an end to months of tense negotiations with the Dayton Public Schools administration and avert a planned strike.

Negotiations ended overnight Thursday after more than 18 hours of talks, resulting in a collective bargaining agreement. Details have not yet been released.

The vote is scheduled for Thursday at the Dayton Marriott Hotel at 4:30 p.m. 

In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, we hear from Darrell Dean, who works at a disability services organization in Dayton. Darrell is 45, and was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at birth. As WYSO’s April Laissle explains, at first, Darrell struggled to find a job after he graduated from high school.

Highlights from the interview include:

In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, we hear from 41-year-old Robert Sabwami, who recalls his experience growing up in Kenya with a visual impairment. 

In this story produced by WYSO's April Laissle, he says his journey hasn’t always been easy. When Robert first started losing his vision, he was plunged into isolation.

Highlights from this interview include: 

With the threat of a teacher strike looming, parents of Dayton Public Schools students gathered Tuesday night to come up with a 'Plan B.' DPS district officials say school will start as scheduled on August 15.

Dayton Public Schools officials say they have backup plans in place to ensure a smooth start to the school year, despite a 10-day strike notice from the Dayton Education Association teachers' union, issued Tuesday to Dayton Public Schools through the Ohio State Employment Relations Board.

If a new contract deal is not reached in time, teachers could walk off the job as early as Aug. 11, just four days before the start of school.

In this installment from our series Just Ask: Talking About Disability, we explore the topic of caregiving. Many people with disabilities in the Miami Valley rely on aides, who help with day-to-day tasks. 

Here, WYSO producer April Laissle introduces us to 24-year-old Michaela Feeser from Dayton, who has cerebral palsy. She explains what it feels like to clash with an aide you depend on everyday. 

Highlights from this interview include:  

A Dayton woman seeking clemency in a 1994 murder conviction is up for parole. Tyra Patterson’s attorney says she was scheduled to appear before the Ohio Parole Board Friday.

If parole board officials find Patterson eligible for parole, the board could schedule another final release hearing for sometime this fall.

Patterson’s attorney, David Singleton, says it will take weeks before the board issues its determination on whether to move forward with a final release hearing.

The police officer who shot and killed John Crawford III at a Beavercreek Walmart nearly three years ago is back on full duty.

The Justice Department has announced it’s ending an investigation into the fatal shooting of John Crawford III, a black man who was killed by a white Beavercreek Police Officer  inside a Beavercreek Wal-Mart in 2014.

At a crowded reception Thursday, new Wright State University President Cheryl B.

State Rep. and House Democratic Leader Fred Strahorn is expected to take questions from the public Monday at a town hall meeting in Dayton. The event was organized by the activist group Dayton Indivisible For All to call attention to the ongoing state budget process.

Governor Kasich must sign the two-year budget bill by the end of this month. State legislators recently cut $800 million out of the upcoming budget due to lower than expected tax revenues.

A federal mediator has suspended contract negotiations with representatives of Dayton Public Schools and the teachers union, after the two parties reached a stalemate.

The Yellow Springs village council has named inter

Antioch University Midwest is planning to sell its building in Yellow Springs.

Flanked by U-Haul moving trucks, more than 100 teachers rallied outside a Dayton Public Schools board meeting Wednesday night amid ongoing contract negotiations.

Wright State programs could be cut, and more than 100 employees could be let go under the university's upcoming Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal. School officials are expected to release details of the plan at a finance committee meeting May 19.

As many as 120 employees could be let go, Wright State officials say.

More than 150 people attended an open house at the a Bellbrook Mosque over the weekend.

About 50 people attended a Dayton Public Schools town hall meeting on Wednesday to discuss transportation issues.

Dayton Public Schools is hosting a series of town hall meetings this month, in part to offer solutions to ongoing problems with district transportation. The first event is scheduled for May 10th.


A day after a second Republican came into the race for governor, a fourth candidate has announced campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Dayton Public Schools teachers are prepared to strike if contract negotiations with the school district don’t improve, ac

Amid an ongoing budget crisis, Wright State University’s credit ranking has been downgraded.

President Trump signed an executive order this week calling for a report on changes needed to reform visa programs for international workers. Advocates say this could lead to a reduction in foreign labor in the United States.

Wright State University recently released the long-awaited results from a 2015 audit into the school’s finances and potential conflicts of interest.

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