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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The union that represents Ohio's corrections officers, has sued the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections to stop the planned shutdown of the state's prison farms.


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More than 29 million Americans live with diabetes. For some it can be a struggle to afford the many medications and devices necessary to keep the disease under control. That has led to a lucrative market where prescriptions are bought and resold. 


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On Wednesday evening the Department of Safety held a public forum on the use of body cameras for Columbus police officers. 


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Two people were wounded after shots were fired at a home invasion near Ohio State's campus. The suspect in the shooting is still at-large.


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Franklin County has expanded the health care benefits available to their employees. 


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On Tuesday morning a fleet of helicopters flew overhead as the Columbus Police and Fire Pipe and Drums played the tune of Amazing Grace. The display was in honor a Columbus police officer killed in the line of duty. 27-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department, Officer Steve Smith died on April 12th after being shot two days earlier trying to serve a warrant on a man barricaded in a Clintonville home. 


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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther presented his proposal for the 2016 Capital budget. The billion dollar plan includes $866 million dollars in new spending. 

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In a not-yet-public report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture found several violations of animal care and facility maintenance at the Columbus Zoo’s safari park The Wilds located in eastern Ohio.


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On a Wednesday afternoon a group of 50 kids file into the large gymnasium at the Dodge Recreation Center, located on the city’s west side. The sounds of laughter and sneakers echo off the high ceilings. These kids are of all ages and ethnic backgrounds, but the majority are Cambodian.

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State Representative Jack Cira, from South East Ohio recently introduced plans to modernizing the safety net for coal miners with black lung.


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Ohio has one of the highest infant mortality rates in the country. As part of a larger effort to reduce that, Mayor Andrew Ginther has unveiled a new service called StepOne for a Healthy Pregnancy. Expectant mothers can now call or go online to connect with prenatal services.

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A lawsuit over Ohio voter laws wrapped up this morning. Testimony from both sides could determine how thousands of absentee or provisional ballots are cast and counted in Ohio.  

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All this week NPR has been looking at what many call an affordable housing crisis in America. Many low income families use at least half of their paychecks on rent. Central Ohio has a booming rental market, and the rising rents have led to more evictions. 


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The Ohio State University Athletics Department announced a proposal to upgrade and preserve Ohio Stadium.


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The City of Columbus and Ohio State University have entered into a new partnership. OSU will offer free tuition to 100 hundred early education students. In exchange the city will have a pool of skilled educators to staff their growing pre-kindergarten program.  

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Birth control is once again at the center of a clash at the US Supreme Court. On Wednesday the court heard arguments from faith based colleges, charities and advocacy groups.

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Across the U.S. the cost of rent has risen as more people prefer renting over homeownership. The rental market in Columbus has continued to grow, but higher prices have left fewer options for the city’s most vulnerable residents.

According to the report the number of Central Ohio homes sold in February hit a record for the month, even the average sale price rose slightly from last year.

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At the Columbus Police academy, Sergeant Duane Nicholson, walks down the linoleum lined halls. He opens the door to the staff breakroom and shows me the class of 2016. There’s a wall lined with a photo of each of the 39 students. Six are women and five men of color. Nicholson says this a good sign.

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Compared to his incumbent Zach Scott, Dallas Baldwin was relatively unknown at the beginning of the primary election. Still, he took 52 percent of the vote for Franklin County Sheriff. As a retired Lieutenant and 28-year veteran of the Columbus Police Department, Baldwin says he’s hoping to work effectively with the board of county commissioners.

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  At her Columbus apartment, Savannah takes a jar filled with medicinal Marijuana and places a large handful, or roughly five grams, on the kitchen counter. On average, she said, this is her average dosage for one week.

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The Ohio Department of Health says the flu is now widespread across the state.

Health officials say the number of people hospitalized for the flu took a big jump last week. There were 203 confirmed new cases last week. That compares with 93 the week before.

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In her dorm at Otterbein University senior Carrie Coisman shows me the signs she’ll take to Washington. Blacks letters etched onto shiny white poster board spell the simple messages she’s hoping to get across: “Keep abortion safe” and “Ohioans for Texas.”

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