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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On Thursday, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced a tax abatement worth $68 million for Easton Town Center, the second-largest job center in the city. Ginther says the new agreement will also provide an economic boost for the neighboring Linden area.

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When the opioid carfentanil, an elephant tranquilizer, surfaced in Ohio last summer, it caused a public health emergency. Ohio now suffers more fatal drug overdoses from synthetic opioids than any other state in the country.

It seems carfentanil slipped through a crack in the system: a loophole in the Postal Service.

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Senator Sherrod Brown is not a fan of President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch.

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At Hampton Inn Hotel, a large group gathered early on Sunday afternoon and proceeded to march towards John Glenn International Airport. Within the hour, the group had swelled to more than 600 protesters, including two of Ohio's members of Congress. 

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Republicans in Congress, along with President Trump, have taken the first steps toward repealing the Affordable Care Act. Residents from Ohio's 12th district are petitioning to meet with their representative to demand a comprehensive replacement.

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President Trump has signed an executive order to abandon the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Industry experts say that's good for Ohio manufacturing but a missed opportunity for Ohio farmers.

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In the city of Delaware, council members are pushing to ban circuses that mistreat animals or use exotic animals like elephants and large cats in their acts after growing criticism for the practice.

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As President Donald Trump swore the oath of office, becoming the 45th President of the United States, over one hundred Ohio State University students walked out of class on Friday to declare their opposition to the new administration.

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On Thursday afternoon, Ohio State University President Michael Drake revealed the latest framework - and a lot of illustrated ideas - for redeveloping the school's campus over the next 20 years.

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All of Columbus' recreation centers and homeless shelters will soon see some major additions to women's restrooms: Free tampons. 

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A new report from the Guttmacher Institute says the rate of abortion in Ohio, and across the country, has hit the lowest rate on record. Even as access to abortions has become more limited in Ohio, experts attribute the decline to wider use of contraceptives.

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Leaders of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium say the country's oldest known gorilla in captivity, and the first in the world to be born in a zoo, has died. Colo was 60.

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A new report by Ohio Policy Matters estimates that repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, without offering a substitute measure could jeopardize the medical coverage of a million Ohioans and deal a large financial blow to Ohio healthcare services.

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Police in Columbus are investigating the capital city's first homicide of 2017 after an Ohio State University student was gunned down not far from campus.

Officers were dispatched to a home on Northwood Avenue around 12:30 a.m. Thursday following reports that a man was shot.

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For many students at Columbus City Schools, Wednesday was the first day back to class after the holiday break. For the students at the Columbus Africentric Early College, it was their first day in a completely new building. 

On Monday, December 12, a man who identifies himself as a nursing home resident, places a call to 911.

"9-1-1, where's your emergency?" the dispatcher asks. "Bryden Place Nursing Home," the man says.

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On Thursday afternoon, employees at AEP headquarters test-drove some of the latest electric car models on the market as a way to promote the corporation's latest undertaking: installing hundreds of electric charging stations throughout Columbus.

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Mayor Ginther's campaign goal of outfitting Columbus police officers with body cameras will fall short.

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On Thursday night, President-elect Donald Trump met with victims of the November 28 car and knife attack on the Ohio State campus. Although it's not known how many attended, at least one one victim, OSU professor William Clark, declined the invitation.

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President-elect Donald Trump visited the Ohio State University on Thursday afternoon to meet with victims and law enforcement involved in the November 28 attack.

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On Monday, a group of armed civilians walked through the Ohio State campus as part of a demonstration for open carry at state universities. In light of last week's attacks, when an OSU student carried out a car and knife attack that wounded 11 people, this group believes that more gun owners on campus could stop or prevent a similar situation.

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At the Abubakar Assidiq Islamic Center on the Columbus's West Side, over a hundred people from around the city gathered for Friday afternoon prayers. The themes of the sermon? Communication between parents and their children, and the issues of radicalization and Islamophobia.

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Funeral services for Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Ohio State student who carried out Monday's attack on campus, were held Thursday afternoon. Artan was shot multiple times by a police officer moments after the attack began.

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Ohio has revoked the operating license of one of the state's few remaining abortion clinics on grounds it failed to obtain a required transfer agreement with a nearby hospital for emergencies.

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Columbus Police and the FBI say an ongoing investigation into Monday's attack at Ohio State still has hours unaccounted for in its timeline of events.

At an off-campus coffee shop Monday, Ohio State University senior Mohamed Farah catches up on his homework.

"I didn't get a lot of work done today just because there's a lot going on," he says. "I tried to stay away from the news, but I kept going back to it."

Farah first learned of an attack on campus when security sent a text to the entire university: "Active shooter on campus: Run Hide Fight."

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The Franklin County Board of Elections has shared the certified results from the November 8 general election.

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President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to deport two to three million undocumented immigrants during his first days in office. That's caused a movement of "sanctuary" cities and universities across the country, including here in Columbus.

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Temperatures on Monday evening dropped to a frigid 30 degrees outside the Ohio Statehouse, but some 200 people gathered to protest President-elect Donald Trump in the latest post-election rally. 

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Homelessness in Ohio has decreased by 17 percent in the last six years, reports The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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