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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Columbus Public Schools Superintendent Gene Harris says contracts with 316 teachers will be suspended or not renewed after June 30 of this year. Most of the terminated positions will come from elementary and middle schools because they have seen the greatest decline in enrollment. Harris says the cuts are part of the $28 million plan approved by the board in February.

"This is not new," Harris says. "This is part of that $28 million reduction that we put together. The Board approved that, and right now what we are doing is implementing that."

Immigration officials have arrested 37 undocumented workers from a South side Columbus pallet recycling plant. The arrests are part of a nationwide effort to find undocumented workers and their employers. WOSU's Steve Brown reports...

Studies released this week indicate Americans are cutting back on the amount of gasoline they use. Record-high prices for crude oil and the prospect of three-dollar-per-gallon gasoline seem to be registering with drivers. WOSU's Steve Brown reports.

Standing at a cash register inside the new Barnes and Nobles bookstore on the OSU campus, sophomore August Ceque winces as he hands a cashier $224 for two books and some school supplies. He says it's not the first time he's spent hundreds of dollars on books. He calls the system a rip-off, and says he thinks it's wrong.

"I don't think it's fair at all," Ceque says. "Every time I get a new book, and I try to take it back, they're like 'We're getting a new copy. The most I'll give you is $1' when I paid $100 for the book."

Buckeye fans of all ages gathered at the Varsity Club on Lane Avenue to watch today's first-round game against Davidson University. An older man sat nervously with a small child while Ohio State trailed early in the game. A young couple dressed in Buckeye jerseys clenched each other's shirts as guard Jamal Butler shot one of his many threes-point attempts. Despite their appearance, everyone maintained they were confident in OSU. Student Jed Birch said he thinks this year's team is even better than the 1999 team that made it to the Final Four.

University officials first announced the plans almost three years ago. They call for the construction of two hangars and expansion of the north runway toward Sawmill and Godown Road. But some area residents oppose the move. A group calling itself "We Oppose Ohio State Airport Expansion," or WOOSE, formed shortly after the plans were announced. WOOSE president Dennis Hennen says expansion of the airport would go against OSU's mission statement of serving surrounding communities.

A federal jury Friday sentenced 30-year-old Daryl Lawrence to death for the shooting death of a Columbus police officer.

Officer Bryan Hurst died while exchanging gunfire with Lawrence at a Fifth Third Bank on East Broad Street on January 6th, 2005. Hurst was working special duty in the bank lobby.

A federal jury has sentenced 30-year-old Daryl Lawrence to death for shooting and killing a Columbus police officer. Lawrence was convicted of killing 33-year-old Bryan Hurst during a botched bank robbery last January. Hurst was working special duty at a Fifth Third Bank on East Broad Street when Lawrence shot him in the heart. Hurst's widow Marissa says she is pleased with the verdict.

Its day two of Congressional review of the controversial ports deal. U-S Congresswoman Deborah Pryce of Upper Arlington chaired a hearing on Monday to shed more light on a deal to sell management rights at some U-S Ports to Dubai World Ports of the United Arab Emirates.

Pryce says her committee hearing was necessary because of the public reaction to the proposed ports deal. "These witnesses admitted that they were stunned by the intensity of the public reaction. And that is something I think somebody should have seen coming." says Pryce.

Columbus Public Schools superintendent Gene Harris says the temporary move of East High School's 817 students to the North Education Center on Arcadia Avenue is necessary to properly renovate East's current building on East Broad Street. The renovation of East will take at least a year. It's part of a District-wide plan to build or refurbish 38 buildings. While no new plans were announced at last night's meeting, Harris says she's happy with the results.

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