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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Nationwide Realty Thursday announced plans to turn an Arena District Eyesore into a new 20-story condominium tower and complex Officials say the development was inspired by the success of similar downtown developments.

Nationwide Realty Investments plans to renovate the currently empty A&P warehouse on the corner of Neil Avenue and Spring Street. The firm will turn it into luxury condos.

The developer also plans to build a 20-story tower, which will connect to the old warehouse.

Voters in New Albany and Plain Township approved a tax levy on Tuesday by a 52 to 48 percent margin. The levy will generate nearly 18-million dollars annually for the next three years for operation of the district's schools.

"This is probably the worst January we've ever seen."

Those are the words of Jeff Kiehle, marketing director at Mad River Mountain Ski Resort near Bellefontaine. He tries to convince people to ski regardless of the weather. Despite his best efforts, Kiehle says the near record-high temperatures and lack of snow are keeping many skiers off the hills.

The Columbus Board of Realtors says more than 27,000 homes were sold in Central Ohio last year, almost 2,000 more than 2004. While the market is still growing, the growth has slowed after 7 and 9 percent increases in recent years. Board of Realtors president Chris Reese says the slowed growth isn't an indicator of a burst housing bubble because Central Ohio is a stable market.

O'Brien says before finalizing his plans to run for the Republican nomination, he checked with Montgomery.

"I was surprised when I heard rumors that Betty Montgomery was withdrawing from the Governor's race and running for Attorney General, primarily because before I announced as a candidate for Attory General I personally mnet with her and she assured me she didn't plan to do that."

O'Brien says Montgomery's decison to run for Attorney General has not changed his mind.

Columbus Police are targeting what they call aggressive panhandlers. The move comes after a woman complained she was intimidated into giving money near the Bryce and Tussing Road intersection. Columbus Police Liuetenant Rick Bash says people shouldn't give money to any panhandlers, especially those acting aggressively.

Ohio State University's Waterman Dairy Center is located in a busy urban area. It sits at the intersection of Kenny Road and Lane Avenue on OSU's west campus. Researchers keep a small herd of cows in barns and pastures, but recently more unusual livestock showed up on the farm. Managers of the farm and area residents have reported seeing coyotes, an animal more associated with open range, especially in western states. The sightings sparked a controversy about whether the animals should be removed from an area frequented by students and livestock.

Missing girl returns home

Jan 11, 2006

Franklin County Children's Services executive director John Sarros says 18-year-old Sarah Kinney, who is described as having the abilities of a 10-to-12-year-old, "came forward" after being missing since last Thursday.

"She voluntarily came forward and met with our service team and began to work toward cooperrating with the agency and the service team toward getting back on track."

OSU professors Jeffrey McKee and Steve Rissing will speak before the Ohio Board of Education today as part of an effort to ban Intelligent Design from sciences curriculums in Ohio . Both men are members of Ohio Citizens for Science, a lobbying group that is pushing school officials to exclude what they see as an unscientific theory. McKee, a doctor of anthropology, is also upset that Brian Hicks, a member of the OSU Board of Trustees, at one time lobbied the Board of Education for the current curriculum.

Experienced and notice skaters alike step carefully onto the temporary skating rink at the corner of State and High St. The rink is part of Skate on State, an attraction organized by Capitol Crossroads as part of an ongoing effort to revitalize downtown. Executive director Cleve Ricksecker says to this point the event has been a success.

"W'eve had about 7,000 paid-admission skaters so far," Ricksecker said. "Our target was to have 17,000. We should reach that because the last two weeks here are the big period. It's when school has let out."

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