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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Twenty One Pilots

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.

Columbus fire officials say a 16-year-old girl, her mother, and her grandmother died in a house fire early Friday morning.

The latest Central Ohio housing numbers show the market continues dealing with low inventories and increasing prices.

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Ohioans can now carry concealed guns into more places. A new state law taking effect on Tuesday lifts blanket concealed carry bans at daycare centers and colleges campuses, although schools and businesses will still be allowed to ban guns if they want.

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Clayton Lunsford was the first candidate to officially declare his candidacy to become the next mayor of Lancaster. He says he has big ideas about reshaping government and making it more responsive to people.

Clayton Lunsford is also 17 years old.


The president of Grant Medical Center says three white security guards could have been more compassionate during an altercation with a black man outside the Columbus hospital. But Grant President Michael Lawson also says an initial investigation shows the guards followed hospital protocols.

A state panel is recommending changes to Ohio court practices that often keep defendants in jail because they can't afford bail. 

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For all their ubiquity, vehicle tires rely on an increasingly-scarce filler material known as carbon black. An Ohio State researcher says she’s found a promising replacement: eggs and tomatoes.


Ohio's parole board has denied clemency for a death row inmate, but that execution remains in limbo because of a recent federal court ruling. 

Electronic Poll Book

The Franklin County Board of Elections says a test of new electronic poll books was successful and they'll be used during the May 2 primary.

Ohio State University

Dr. Carlo Croce is a giant in the cancer research field and has brought Ohio State University tens of millions of dollars in research grants. But a New York Times story this week says Croce’s been given a pass by the university despite allegations of data falsification, plagiarism and other scientific misconduct in more than 30 of his papers.

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Betty Sutton says it’s not about her or any potential opponents. Her decision to run to become Ohio’s first elected woman governor is about the people of Ohio.

Sutton officially entered the race this week, joining fellow Democrat Joe Schiavoni as the only declared candidates.


The sighting of someone with a gun inside a Columbus State Community College building led to an evacuation and police search Wednesday morning. Classes were canceled for the remainder of the day "out of an abundance of caution," according to spokesperson David Wayne.

Ohio activists on both sides of the political aisle are reacting to Congressional Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

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After three months of a flat unemployment rate, state labor officials say Ohio’s official jobless rate increased slightly in January.  

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to step aside from the Justice Department investigation into whether Russia interfered in last year's election has drawn mixed reactions from Ohio's U.S. senators. 

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U.S. Senator Rob Portman is joining many of his GOP colleagues in calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to recuse himself from the federal investigation into alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election. Senator Sherrod Brown, along with several Democratic lawmakers, has demanded Sessions' resignation.

Ohio State University

With 11 straight wins and Big Ten player of the year Kelsey Mitchell on its side, the Ohio State women's basketball team heads into the conference tournament in an unfamiliar role: the top seed and the favorite to win.

Ohio State University

Synthetic blood is the Holy Grail for doctors. And though a true version has so far escaped scientsts, researchers at Ohio State University think they may have at least found a temporary solution.


Columbus police say an officer shot and killed a man who police say pointed a gun at an officer Thursday night.

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Ohio State University issued a safety alert on Thursday after a woman reported an attempted sexual assault near campus earlier in the day.

COTA bus on Ohio State's campus.
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Central Ohio may finally be ready for light or commuter rail, the region's transit authority says. COTA has been briefing the public on its "NextGen" effort, which looks to identify corridors that could support added service.

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.

Steve Brown

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.