Steve Brown

News Morning Anchor and Managing Editor

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and two sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the 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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“A gay football player," writes Wyatt Pertuset in an essay for Out Sports. "Even today it seems to be something very rare in the game.”

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Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, has long been criticized for its massive buying power and lower prices that can drive smaller stores out of business. Now some activists are accusing the retailer of relying too much on local police for security at a store in Whitehall, and others around the country.

But Whitehall Police disagree.

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Soundgarden will not perform at Columbus’ Rock on the Range festival, but the spirit of Chris Cornell will be alive and well inside MAPFRE Stadium on Friday.

A former Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper who escaped state charges of misusing a state law enforcement database now faces federal cyberstalking charges.

Organizers of Columbus’ Rock on the Range festival say they’re devastated by the passing of rocker Chris Cornell, who was scheduled to headline the festival’s first night on Friday.

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Governor John Kasich says stories swirling around the White House show why he could not support the Trump campaign for president.

Another offseason brings another departure of a player once thought to be a key part of the future of the Ohio State men's basketball team. 

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Ohio State Highway Patrol has confirmed that Kirkersville police chief Steven Eric Disario was killed along with two female employees of Pine Kirk Care Center during a shooting at the nursing home on Friday morning. The suspect was also found killed. 

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan tours Accel Inc. in New Albany on May 10, 2017.
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Paul Ryan, the Republican U.S. House Speaker and Miami University alum, was in New Albany on Wednesday, talking up the need for federal tax reform. But he avoided the story of the day.

Hector Emanuel, special to ProPublica.

April 27, 2015 started like most other days for Osiel Lopez Perez. The 16-year-old was thousands of miles away from his native Guatemala, toiling away at a Case Farms chicken processing plant in Canton, Ohio.

By the end of the day, Perez would lose his leg, and his job.

Tuesday was a good day to be an incumbent on Columbus City Council, but a bad day for some Central Ohio school districts.

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More than 5,000 Ohio residents who attended a string of failed for-profit colleges are now eligible for student loan forgiveness.

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Voters around Central Ohio are voting on city council candidates, school levies, and a proposal to fund a new community center.

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If you're taking a Central Ohio Transit Authority bus to work or school on Monday, you might want to pack  a little patience. Monday represents the first day of a new route system that officials say took several years and about $10 million to develop.

Ohio's rules for medical marijuana cultivators have cleared their final legislative hurdle. The Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review cleared the rules for growers, including application and license fees, without objection on Monday.

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Mental health officials in Ohio are celebrating the final step in fundraising for what’s thought to be the first mental health center of its kind in the country, planned for the Athens area.

Columbus police say they’re getting frustrated at a lack of cooperation from the nine victims in a Sunday morning shooting at a rented party hall in South Linden.

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Ohio State football fans are about to get their first real look at this year’s team with the annual Spring Game on Saturday.

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Columbus residents worried about their car being towed on street sweeping days can now sign up for automated alerts. 

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Columbus city leaders say a 35-story skyscraper will take the place of the North Market parking lot, a piece of prime real estate tucked between downtown, the Short North and the Arena District.

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The Columbus Blue Jackets look to buck history Wednesday night as they start their third playoff series in club history. Round one pits the Jackets against a familiar foe: the Pittsburgh Penguins, the defending Stanley Cup champions and one of Columbus’ biggest rivals.

A Youngstown man facing three counts of murder apparently committed suicide by jumping off a fourth-floor courthouse balcony Monday morning.

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First responders say a total of 12 people in local halfway houses and jails had to be treated for suspected drug overdoses between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning.

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The ear of a composer. The discretion of a judge or police officer. No matter how good computers and automation get, there are just some jobs that humans want occupied by other humans.

But are those jobs really "robot-proof" forever?

A Columbus man has been sentenced to prison after admitting to running a fake passport scheme. 

The McCracken Power Plant on Ohio State's campus.
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Ohio State University says it’s moving forward with a plan to privatize its energy production.

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If you want to see one of the most decorated sports team at Ohio State University, pull your eyes away from the football field and toward the pool.

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Cyber security experts from around the country gather in Lewis Center on Friday for a conference on how to prevent and mitigate cyber attacks.

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The pop duo Twenty One Pilots has come a long way since growing up in Columbus. Now the Grammy Award-winning act is bringing its accolades back home with three smaller shows that will use a lottery for access to tickets. 

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Ohio's official unemployment rate once again increased slightly last month. State labor officials say a survey of workers found the state’s official jobless rate rose to 5.1 percent in February, up from an even 5 percent in January.