Steve Brown

News Morning Anchor and Managing Editor

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and son. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.

He left Ohio in 2007 to become the morning anchor at KSTK in Wrangell, Alaska while also serving as a regional correspondent for the Alaska Public Radio Network. Steve has also anchored and reported for public radio stations in Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida. His award-winning features have been featured on several NPR programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

When he's not working, Steve is likely listening to public radio, playing guitar or watching his beloved Buckeyes.

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City of Columbus

A former Columbus city councilwoman has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor ethics violation related to a trip she took with a now-disgraced lobbyist. 


Columbus Police say a shooting near a UPS distribution center led to a high-speed chase along Interstate 70 early Friday morning.

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Thanks in part to the testimony of an Ohio State University freshman, the state of Ohio is joining more than 20 other states in rewarding graduating high school seniors who speak at least two languages.

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Columbus Police say officers fatally shot a man who confronted them with a knife and was suspected of earlier cutting a driver's neck and taking his car keys.

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Now is an exciting time for students at Marburn Academy, and not just because of the paper airplane contest in the gymnasium. Rather, it's the gymnasium - and the rest of the brand new school building - that has kids and administrators alike brimming with energy.

Grove City Police

The convicted sex offender accused of raping and killing an Ohio State University student last week will remain in jail, at least for the foreseeable future.

Allen County Sheriff's Office

The interim sheriff in Lima’s Allen County has died. The death of Jimmy Everett comes less than a week after he was appointed. 

Federal prison officials are partnering with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to get inmates leaving federal prison a picture ID. 

The program started last month.  Federal probation officers get exiting inmates a picture ID that they can take to the BMV and trade for a traditional state ID.

The policy covers any exiting federal prison inmates who reside in Ohio's Southern District, the federal court jurisdiction that covers the southern half of the state.

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Chris Kowalski has had a rough go of it lately.

The owner and operator of Jack's Downtown Diner lost his wife to cancer in 2015. He closed the diner later that year, and when he reopened in 2016, the normally-quaint Lynn Street was a full-blown construction site.

Ohio State University

Two wrestlers with strong ties to Ohio State are being banned from a tournament in Iran. 


The Licking County Sheriff's Office says a deputy and his wife are dead after an apparent murder-suicide inside their home Thursday night.

Wagenbrenner Development

A piece of prime real estate near the Ohio State University campus is set to become a mix of apartments, houses and offices.

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Leaders at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center says they’re trying to make it easier for doctors and nurses to comply with a law meant to curb doctor shopping and painkiller abuse. 


The future of the Affordable Care Act may be murky, but one thing remains clear: Ohioans and others around the nation who want coverage under the law in 2017 have to sign up by the end of Tuesday.

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Columbus police say a woman who told police her car was stolen with her four-year-old daughter inside made that portion up so officers would find her stolen car more quickly.

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Columbus Police shot pepper spray into a crowd of protesters who shut down a busy downtown intersection after an earlier event that attracted more than 2,000 people.

City of Lancaster

Lancaster Mayor Brian Kuhn says he'll step down next month in the wake of pleading guilty to tax-related charges.


Satirical news matters. That’s according to a new study from researchers at Ohio State University, who found consumers tend to use satirical news to reinforce their beliefs, and as an alternative to real news.

Education Week

New figures from the non-profit education news organization Education Week detail the number of arrests in the nation's schools during the 2013-2014 school year.  Those figures include schools in Columbus and the rest of Ohio and show a disparity in the races of arrested students.

Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has temporarily left the team because of a family emergency. 


One of the newer additions to the Columbus skyline is being acquired by a San Francisco corporation for $1.1 billion. 

Embattled retail company Abercrombie & Fitch says it's eliminated nearly 150 positions at its New Albany headquarters. 

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Bob Evans, a Central Ohio mainstay known for its "down on the farm" offerings, announced this week  it's selling all of its restaurants to a California-based private equity firm. One analyst says he's not surprised.

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New Albany-based Bob Evans says it's selling all of its restaurants to a California-based equity firm for $565 million.

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A typical Big Ten conference matchup might feature the Ohio State and Michigan football teams, or maybe Wisconsin and Penn State facing off in hockey. Later this month, though, the conference is headed in a new direction: video games.


The long-term closure of State Route 315 in Delaware County begins Monday.

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Ohio’s official jobless rate remained unchanged and slightly above the nationwide average last month.

West Liberty-Salem School District

The Champaign County Sheriff's Office confirms a male student was injured in a shooting on the grounds of West Liberty High School Friday morning. Another student suspected in the shooting is in custody.


Donald Trump's pick to lead the Treasury Department, Stephen Mnuchin, built his reputation and his fortune as a savvy Wall Street investor. But those investments have put him in the crosshairs of Democrats, including U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

Christian Times Newspaper

A Maryland man who wrote a fake news story this fall about a Columbus warehouse holding thousands of fraudulent votes for Hillary Clinton had no evidence - and now, he has no job.