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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Ask Mike DeWine why he's running to be the next governor of Ohio, and the first thing out of his mouth is the issue that's dominated headlines during his time as the state attorney general: opiate addiction.

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The Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office says a grand jury declined to indict three Columbus police officers involved in the shooting death of a murder suspect last year.

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About 200 protesters stormed into a Stonewall Columbus community meeting on Monday night, taking the microphone and holding court for more than an hour. They were protesting what they call Stonewall’s lack of response to concerns about violence against LGBT people of color.

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Forecasts say the flood-prone city of Findlay could have one of its worst floods on record after days of heavy rainfall pushed the Blanchard River to nine feet above flood stage.

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Columbus Police on Thursday released video of the department’s first officer-involved shooting to be captured by police body cameras.

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Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says her department is reviewing video footage of several arrests of disabled protesters outside the Columbus offices of Sen. Rob Portman last week to see if police acted appropriately.

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Safety and transportation officials on Tuesday are hosting a drugged driving summit, which organizers call part of an effort to curb an increase in drugged driving fueled by the state’s opiate epidemic.

Shares for New Albany-based Abercrombie & Fitch Co. tumbled Monday after news that the struggling retailer decided against selling its business.

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The American arm of Scotland-based craft beer maker BrewDog has a new director. Columbus entrepreneur Tanisha Robinson comes to the just-opened Canal Winchester offices of BrewDog after cutting her teeth in the apparel and tech sectors.

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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office says a man is in custody after a multi-county manhunt following multiple deadly shootings on Tuesday.

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A jury has recommended life in prison without parole for a man convicted of fatally shooting an Ohio SWAT officer during a standoff last year.

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ECOT, one of the nation's largest online charter schools, is locked in a fight with the Ohio Department of Education over tens of millions of dollars. Now it's asking the Ohio Supreme Court to step in. 

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It’s half “Green Acres,” half “Mission: Impossible.” Imagine foreign scientists trying to smuggle rice seeds out of the U.S to China, or digging to unearth the secrets of proprietary strains of corn.

These two cases are part of what the FBI calls the growing threat of agricultural espionage.

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If Ohio Rep. Laura Lanese of Grove City gets her way, Ohio eateries with patios would gain the ability to decide if they want to allow canine companions to accompany their humans to outside tables.

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An overflowing craft beer industry has pushed administrators at an Ohio college to expand their curriculum. Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is now offering the state’s first two-year degree in brewing science.

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Officials with the Columbus Metropolitan Library says the main branch on South Grant Avenue will stay closed until 1 pm on Monday to let staff clean up after a Sunday shooting that injured a man.

New Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtman.
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Ohio State University announced Friday morning that Butler men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann will be the next coach at OSU.

A former Columbus City Council member who left office amid ethics concerns has been placed on leave from her position at a local non-profit.

Joelle Khouzam, an attorney for St. Stephen’s Community House, which was formed to help low-income people in the Linden neighborhood, says president/CEO Michelle Mills is on leave after charity trustees saw some expenditures lacked documentation.

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After months of press conferences, hiring announcements and promotions to lure in customers, the north Columbus IKEA store is opening on Wednesday.

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All traffic from Interstate 71 north was being rerouted onto I-70 east near downtown Columbus on Wednesday morning after a hydraulic fluid spill on the freeway.

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Ohio’s attorney general this week sued five drug manufacturers, claiming they contributed to the state’s painkiller epidemic. But the attorney general's office is not saying if they plan to go after another major link in the pharmaceutical chain.

Lt. Governor Mary Taylor is one of the most politically-connected people in Ohio, but says she still felt helpless about her sons' addictions.
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A day after Ohio’s attorney general sued five drug makers for their role in the state’s opioid crisis, Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor is opening up about her own family’s struggles with addition.

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Astronaut Mark Kelly, one of the country’s best-know advocates for gun control, was in Columbus today to launch a new effort, the Ohio Coalition for Common Sense.

Guards at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility near Lucasville plan to picket outside the prison Wednesday, trying to draw attention to what they call state efforts to downplay the issue of drugs in prisons.

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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.

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