Nick Evans

Reporter

Nick Evans spent four years in Tallahassee Florida covering state government before joining the team at WOSU.

Since coming north, Nick has covered school walkouts, a local bookshop, and rural internet access. He's most comfortable in the field with a microphone meeting people who are living the stories you hear on the radio.

Nick has a bachelor's degree in Literature from UC Santa Cruz and Masters in Communication from Florida State University.

In between he sold sweatshirts and then boots, until he realized the best part of the day was listening to podcasts on the bike ride home. Online surveys peg him as a Gryffindor, but he always saw himself as more of a Ravenclaw.

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Poll workers at the Franklin County Elections Board handing voters their ballots.
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The Franklin County Commission plans to spend $245,000 on ads for early voting. The board of elections has done that in the past, but Republican board members argue it’s no longer necessary.

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Doctors, nurses and staffers lined up for t-shirts, temporary tattoos and even some early morning ice cream at Nationwide Children’s Hospital near German Village. In honor of World Mental Health Day, the hospital has launched an initiative spotlighting the issue among children.

Construction at River & Rich in Franklinton.
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Columbus City Council is taking a close look at parking in a handful of neighborhoods, with an eye on rolling out new restrictions in the middle of next year.

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Columbus City Council is looking at an evaluation of its tax incentive program Monday night.  

Mayor Ginther speaking about Safe Streets at the Reeb Center on Columbus' South Side
Nick Evans

Columbus' Safe Streets program began in the Linden neighborhood last year, and its success prompted expansion to the Parson’s corridor and the Hilltop. But the latest results are not as promising as the pilot.

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On the corner of Fifth and Main in downtown Marysville on Thursday, officials from Honda, government types and curious shop workers hoisted cell phones to see a new smart intersection project in action. Every few minutes, a Honda SUV heads toward the intersection and stops short—the driver warned of a pedestrian, emergency vehicle or red light runner.

Edith Espinal sitting in the sanctuary of the Columbus Mennonite Church.
Nick Evans

The Columbus Mennonite Church sits a block off High Street on a Clintonville avenue lined with craftsmen houses. For the past year, this church has been Edith Espinal’s home.

“Very long days for one year,” she says, looking down at her hands. “I don’t how much I can wait.”

Columbus City Schools District Office.
Nick Evans

The Columbus City School Board has chosen former member Bryan Steward to serve as a stopgap while members review the more than 50 applications received for a newly vacant seat.

Sen. Frank LaRose (R-Hudson) at the Marion Popcorn Festival with former Marion County GOP Chairman Gary Risch. LaRose is running for Secretary of State.
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On a drizzly Saturday, I meet Frank LaRose at the Marion Popcorn Festival.

“So what do you guys suggest?” LaRose asks at one booth, ducking under the tent to get out of the rain. “I’m definitely going to get some kettle corn,”

Columbus City Schools District Office.
Nick Evans

The Columbus City School Board has selected Talisa Dixon to be its next superintendent.

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In the middle of a corn field, pathways with names like "beef," "swine" and "wool" stretch off into the distance, lined with tents hocking everything from new gadgets to heavy machinery. The Farm Science Review has a county fair type atmosphere, but it emphasizes education.

Farmers usually show up with questions about best practices for pesticides or to shop around for new equipment. But this year, talk of tariffs mixes with tractors.

Ohio State University's William Oxley Thompson Library.
Ohio State University

The Fraternal Order of Police is objecting to an Ohio State University professor’s visit to a local school because of comments he made about police on social media.

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In a small auditorium Monday, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer strode to a podium and fielded questions about credibility, domestic violence and former receivers coach Zach Smith.

In the six weeks since Meyer was suspended by the university, the coach has apologized, re-apologized and clarified statements after each of his additions raised new concerns among critics. 

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer watches Ohio State during its spring game on April 14, 2018 in Ohio Stadium.
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Head football coach Urban Meyer rejoins Ohio State’s football team on Monday after serving a suspension related to his handling of domestic abuse allegations against an assistant coach.

a funeral service card bearing the likeness of Tyre King, carried by a mourner outside the First Church of God in Columbus on September 24, 2016.
John Minchillo / AP

On the second anniversary of his death, Tyre King’s family has filed suit against the city of Columbus, chief of police Kim Jacobs and Officer Bryan Mason.

Officer Mason shot and killed King in an Olde Towne East alley while investigating a robbery in September 2016.

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