Esther Honig

News Reporter

Esther Honig joined WOSU in early 2016. Born in San Francisco, Esther got her start in public radio while attending Mills College in Oakland, California. Before reporting for WOSU, she worked with member station KCUR in Kansas City, Missouri. Her radio reporting has been featured on  NPR, the BBC and PRI’s The World.  

A fluent Spanish-speaker and avid rock climber, Esther is always in search of a good story.

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Earlier this year, the city of Columbus commissioned a study on the use of tax incentives in four different neighborhoods: the Short North, Linden, Near Eastside, and the Hilltop. Researchers found that in the Short North, generous tax abatements were not necessary to spur certain types of residential development.

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Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators say they still think it’s possible for lawmakers in Washington to come up with a plan to fix problems with the Affordable Health Care Act.

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In June, Middletown, Ohio, council member Dan Picard suggested that every time an ambulance responds to a drug overdose, the receiving patient be required to pay for the cost by performing community service. If that person experiences more than two overdoses but have not completed their community service, the 911 dispatcher will not send an ambulance.

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Jesus Manuel Lara Lopez watches his four young kids play basketball in the backyard of his home in Willard, Ohio. His mind, though, is elsewhere.

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Like many fire stations across Columbus, Station 18 in the Linden neighborhood has seen an uptick in the number of overdose runs.

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As the U.S. Senate moves toward a planned vote on their version of the health care bill, Ohio's Republican Sen. Rob Portman says he'll continue opposing any plans that take coverage from people on Medicaid.

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On Friday night, hundreds of Somali American high school and college graduates will celebrate their academic achievements during the annual Ohio Somali graduation. Eight years after the first ceremony, the number of young Somalis donning caps and gowns has increased dramatically.

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City leaders in Middletown on Wednesday night said attorneys are still weighing whether they can legally decide not to revive people who repeatedly overdose.

Voters cast ballots at the Franklin County Board of Elections in Columbus on the first weekend of in-person early voting.
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In this fall's special election, prescription drug prices and the rights afforded to the victim of a crime are the subjects of two statewide ballot issues that will likely reach Ohio voters. 

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Judy Malinowski, a Central Ohio woman who was severely burned by her ex-boyfriend and inspired new sentencing legislation, has died. She was 33. 

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On Friday, protesters held a die-in outside of Senator Rob Portman's Columbus office after Senate Republicans released their long-awaited bill repealing much of President Obama's health care law.

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A few blocks from the Kent State University campus, Ibrahim Albadri shares a small apartment with a roommate and his orange tabby named Zena.

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Nearly 100 protestors gathered on Monday morning outside on the Franklin County Court, demanding that charges be dropped against four protestors from Saturday's parade.

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On Monday customers will begin lining up outside the Central Ohio IKEA location for a chance to win door prizes, but opening isn't until Wednesday when thousands are expected visit.

All this hype means serious traffic for local commuters. Columbus police have been planning for what could be a chaotic couple of days.
 

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It's a wet and overcast morning on Buckeye Lake, the century year-old manmade lake just 30 minutes east of Columbus.

Despite the weather, Dave Levacy—owner of Buckeye Lake Marina—is rushing to clean and service hundreds of boats for Memorial Day weekend. 

The DACA Time team at the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship summit.
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Like many millennials, Brook Kohn and Nathali Bertran met through a dating app. It took a few months before Bertran decided to tell Kohn about her immigration status.

"It wasn't the first thing she told me right when started dating," Kohn says, laughing.

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Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed that Kirkersville police chief Steven Eric Disario was killed along with two female employees of Pine Kirk Care Center during a shooting at the nursing home on Friday morning. The suspect was also found killed. 

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It's been one year since Equitas Health, a local non-profit healthcare system, expanded their mission. Now, instead of focusing solely on the LBGTQ population, they're trying to reach all vulnerable groups.

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When the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Republican "American Health Care Act" on Thursday, among the bill's planned changes was an $800 billion cut to national Medicaid funding over the next five years.

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Charlie Stewart is tall, 25 years old, and broad shouldered. He’s wearing a grey polo-shirt and slacks, and starts each morning with a protein shake.

Every Tuesday you can find him walking the narrow linoleum halls of the emergency department at Mount Carmel West.

COTA bus on Ohio State's campus.
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After more than four years of work, COTA finally launched its redesigned bus system on Monday with new, simplified routes, different bus numbers, and a reduction of lines. Among morning commuters, it'll take some getting used to.

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If you're taking a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus to work or school on Monday, you might want to pack  a little patience. Monday represents the first day of a new route system that officials say took several years and about $10 million to develop.

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A professor of law at The Ohio State University says leafleters were denied their First Amendment rights when they were asked to leave the public sidewalk outside a Columbus City school. Now that professor has spoken up about the issue at a board recent board meeting.

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Last week a new proposal to amend Columbus' charter was submitted to city hall. It's a new version of an old idea - changing the structure of City Council.

Columbus has a council far smaller than most cities its size, just seven seats for 800,000 people. And many voters have signaled that they want some sort of change.

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Sitting within an unassuming strip mall in north Columbus, Mardi Gras looks like just another ice cream store. Inside, the chilled glass countertop is filled with the typical flavors - mint chocolate chip, butter pecan and strawberry ice cream.

Turn to the adjacent wall, though, and you’ll see a large white board listing dozens of flavors found nowhere else - like kesar pista (a blend of saffron, cardamom and pistachio) or chickoo (a sweet tropical fruit originally found in Central America).

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Morning commuters driving by Otterbein University, the MAPFRE stadium or John Glenn International Airport might spot something out of the ordinary: Police cars blocking traffic, sirens, and plenty of injured people.

Don't be alarmed: It's just a drill.

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Monday brings an end to the first round of online voter registration in Ohio, a change that Secretary of State Jon Husted has been pushing for for years.

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The Ohio State University has a few words for senior citizens: "Give back. Go forward." 

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Cities across the state impose a tax on the profits earned by local businesses. This accounts for about 14 percent of total municipal tax collections - funds that cities rely on heavily to pay for everything from police to garbage collection.

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A grand jury decided not to indict two Columbus Police officers, Zachary Rosen and Jason Bare, who shot and killed 23-year-old Henry Green in June 2016.

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