Andy Chow

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.

Andy gained his in-depth knowledge of Statehouse issues while working for Hannah News Service, an online-based news and research publication. He also participated in the Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship program as a production assistant for “The Ohio Channel.”

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting at Otterbein University and took part in the Washington Semester program through American University in Washington, D.C.

A collection of Ohio mayors is calling on state leaders to hear them out on their priorities for the year. This bipartisan alliance says the state must work with cities to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crown Pointe Care Center resident Rebecca Meeker, left, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kate Latta, PharmD, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Meeker was the first long-term care patient in Ohio to receive a vaccine.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Drug companies are about to start sending more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to Ohio. But even with more shots available, Gov. Mike DeWine says the state will hold eligibility at 65 years and older starting this week.

guns on display in a gun store
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine is bringing back his proposal to create more gun regulations, which he says will reduce crime around the state. These were measures that failed to gain traction with lawmakers last year.

Yvette Hardy, Art Teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Columbus, gets her first COVID-19 vaccine at the Reynoldsburg High School gym clinic on February 2, 2021.
Dan Konik / Statehouse News Bureau

Thousands of teachers and school staff around Ohio are getting their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine. Teachers who lined up to be among the first to get the shot say it's about personal responsibility to protect students and the community.

Ohio Senator Cecil Thomas
Al Behrman / AP

A Democratic state senator says he left a committee hearing on Wednesday because so many members of the public weren't wearing masks.

Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services in downtown Columbus.
Ohio Public Radio

People around Ohio are lodging complaints about the state's unemployment compensation filing portal. Gov. Mike DeWine says an unprecedented influx of people applying for benefits continues to weigh down the system.

People around Ohio are lodging complaints about the state's unemployment compensation filing portal. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says an unprecedented influx of people applying for benefits continues to weigh down the system.

The state of Ohio says it's continuing to try and reach out into communities to increase vaccination among people of color. The number of Black people getting the vaccine compared to other race groups is disproportionately low.

Attorney General Dave Yost speaks at a press conference in 2018.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

FirstEnergy will be ending its controversial monthly "decoupling" fee, which guarantees a profit for the company. Attorney General Dave Yost says getting rid of decoupling is another step towards dismantling provisions created in the scandal-plagued nuclear bailout law, HB6.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Jay LaPrete / AP

Small businesses and local communities would receive hundreds of millions of dollars to help with recovery from the coronavirus pandemic under a $1 billion initiative announced by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine, which also includes aggressive marketing of Ohio as a place to work and live.

FirstEnergy will be ending its controversial monthly "decoupling" fee, which guarantees a profit for the company. Attorney General Dave Yost (R-Ohio) says getting rid of decoupling is another step towards dismantling provisions created in the scandal-plagued nuclear bailout law, HB6.

More than 91,000 school teachers and staff around the state are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. But some educators say they ran into slow and unresponsive system while trying to sign up for the shot.

Avery Elementary School in Hilliard on May 11, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio is preparing to distribute the first widespread round of COVID-19 vaccines to teachers and staff at K-12 schools. Gov. Mike DeWine says this accomplishes the goal of bringing back in-person instruction in March.

This April 22, 2014, file photo shows an employment application form on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y.
Mike Groll / Associated Press

Thousands of Ohioans says they're struggling to file unemployment claims through the state's system that is slow and unresponsive. Gov. Mike DeWine says the state is doing a complete overhaul to address the issue.

U.S. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) says he will not be seeking another term in the Senate, capping off at least for now, a public service career that spans three decades.

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