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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Forklifts weave through a massive warehouse in Groveport, while metal scaffolding towers over the hundreds of workers busy below. This is what it looks like after you click "buy" online. 

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As protesters around the country push for the removal of Confederate monuments, a group will rally near the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday against a different kind of statue: one of Christopher Columbus.

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Earlier this week, before a press conference about the arrests of gang members, the U.S. Attorney for Ohio’s southern district, Ben Glassman, did something unexpected: He spoke out against the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

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Thirteen alleged members of the MS-13 gang were arrested in Central Ohio and Indiana on Tuesday morning.

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Columbus City Council member Elizabeth Brown met Wednesday evening with local immigration advocates to discuss the impact of federal immigration policy. The meeting, part of a nationwide "Dreamer Dinners" campaign, comes as the future of the DACA program is increasingly uncertain. 

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Plans for a massive, high-end development project in the Arena District have been unveiled, with a 23-acre project slated to rise behind Huntington Park. 

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Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed when a ride at the Ohio State Fair broke apart while in operation. Now his family is preparing a lawsuit and a new law to enhance the federal oversight of carnival rides. 

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Bryden Place Nursing Home, a for-profit facility on the city's East Side plagued by code violations and a poor reputation, has been shut down by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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Amazon launched a nationwide push on Wednesday to hire 50,000 warehouse workers, with 1,400 of those positions available for workers in Central Ohio. 

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A week after the fatal accident on the Fire Ball amusement ride, many Ohio State Fair-goers aren't deterred.

"I'm here to ride all the rides—the ones that are open, at least," Dylan Bryant says.

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On Wednesday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman joined seven other Republican lawmakers to vote against the GOP's most recent attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

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On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Rob Portman joined the majority of GOP lawmakers when he voted to start debate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

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At Monday's meeting, Columbus City Council voted to table long awaited plans for redistricting the city government. A committee appointed by Mayor Andrew Ginther spent several months preparing a recommendation, but in the end, it did not appear to win the support of constituents.

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The National Association of Counties has spent the last four days convening at the convention center in Columbus, bringing together thousands of county leaders from across the county to discuss issues affecting local government.

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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.

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.


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.