Jo Ingles

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.

After working for more than a decade at WOSU-AM, Jo was hired by the Ohio Public Radio/TV News Bureau in 1999. Her work has been featured on national networks such as National Public Radio, Marketplace, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium and the BBC. She is often a guest on radio talk shows heard on Ohio’s public radio stations. In addition, she’s a regular guest on WOSU-TV’s “Columbus on the Record” and ONN’s “Capitol Square”. Jo also writes for respected publications such as Columbus Monthly and the Reuters News Service.

She has won many awards for her work across all of those platforms. She is currently the president of the Ohio Radio and TV Correspondent’s Association, a board member for the Ohio Legislative Correspondent’s Association and a board member for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters. Jo also works as the Media Adviser for the Ohio Wesleyan University Transcript newspaper and OWU radio.

Confusion over Ohio Smoking Ban

Dec 8, 2006

State leaders say Ohio's new smoking ban is - in the health department's words - "alive and well." But some groups are sending the opposite message to their members.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports on confusion over the status of the s new law .

There are indications that Ohio Governor Bob Taft might sign a bill that would require private health insurers to cover mental health problems the same way they do physical illnesses.

Taft has indicated in the past that he would not sign such a measure. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Ohio Fresh Eggs ordered to close

Dec 1, 2006

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has revoked the permits that allow one of the state's largest egg farmers to operate. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports on the decision and the process for shutting down Ohio Fresh Eggs.

Public Help Sought to Fight Meth

Nov 30, 2006

Ohio's attorney general's office has come up wtih one more tool to fight the methamphetamine. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has details.

Push for Mental Health Parity Resumes

Nov 29, 2006

Ohio lawmakers who want to require insurers to offer mental as well as physical health care coverage will resume their battle.

They have been unsuccessful in their efforts under Governor Taft who has concerns about the impact on business. But with a new governor preparing to take office, lawmakers say the time might be right.

Governor Elect Ted Strickland has appointed his lieutenant governor, Lee Fisher, to lead the Ohio Department of Development. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

Smoking Ban Begins December 7th

Nov 27, 2006

Ohio businesses are required to ban smoking in their buildings starting next week. And even though all of the rules for this new voter passed law are not in place yet,efforts are underway to try to help businesses make the changes necessary to comply with the new law.

Two Views of Holiday Shopping

Nov 24, 2006

The holiday shopping season opened before dawn on the day after Thanksgiving. Retailers hope the forecast of a five percent increase in holiday spending is accurate. But an organization that promotes living simply says, the best gifts of all are probably not found on store shelves. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles explores that question.

The leaders of Ohio's two major political parties have had a little time to think about the outcome of last week's elections. And they say they know where they went wrong, what went right, and how they'll handle certain situations in the future.

Ohio's businesses are gearing up for two major changes in the next couple of months.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles explains restaurants, bars, and bowling alleys throughout Ohio are preparing to go smoke free.....and some of them are preparing to give some employees a pay hike.

Ohioans who earn less than six dollars and eighty five cents an hour will be getting a raise soon. More than 56% of Ohio voters approved a constitutional amendment that will raise the minimum wage from five dollars and fifteen cents and hour to six dollars and eighty five cents an hour. A co-chair of the effort to raise the wage, Tim Burga, says he's optimistic about Ohio's future, now that voters have approved this measure.

Smoking Ban Goes Statewide

Nov 8, 2006

Bars, restaurants, and bowling alleys throughout Ohio will soon be smoke free after passing a new statewide smoking ban. Voters rejected an amendment that would have overturned existing smoking bans and would have allowed smoking in bars, restaurants and bowling alleys.

Ohio GOP Vote Getter Struggles

Nov 6, 2006

Polls released over the weekend suggest one of the Ohio Republican Party's strongest vote getters might be in trouble.

Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports the popular politician who often leads the ticket for the party has reason to worry about her bid this time around.

Poverty and labor groups have scored a partial victory with a federal court settlement that clarifies and expands Ohio's new voter identification rules for Election Day.

The settlement also suspends ID requirements altogether for absentee ballots.

A lawyer for the plaintiffs says the consent decree signed late Wednesday in US District Court clears up confusion and allows more citizens to vote. The settlement stopped short of declaring any aspect of the voter ID law uconstitutional.

The lawsuit had argued that counties were inconsistently applying the law.

Voter I-D Requirement Back In Force

Oct 30, 2006

Last week a federal judge suspended Ohio's new identification requirements for people requesting absentee ballots. Sunday, a federal appeals court put that earlier ruling on hold. That means voters applying for the early ballots must continue giving proof of their I-D.

The Sixth U-S Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted Ohio attorney general Jim Petro's request for a stay of an order issued last week by U-S District Judge Algenon Marbley.

Marbley's ruling suspended Ohio's new voter identification law for absentee voting.