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.

Ohio has a new weapon to detect bogus claims by the few people who try to scam the state for unemployment checks each year. 

Students from around the state recently came to the Ohio Statehouse to lobby for a bill that requires 16 and 17-year-olds who are thought to be victims of human trafficking be treated the same as younger children who are covered by the state’s "Safe Harbor" law.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, left, shakes hands with Ohio House speaker Larry Householder after delivering the Ohio State of the State address at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine is not embracing a school funding reform idea that the leader of the Ohio House put out last week

Licking Heights High School freshmen take notes in a World History class taught by Amy Obhof..
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

Some Ohio lawmakers are backing a bill passed by the House that they say protects the religious rights of students. Opponents say it’s unnecessary and would hurt the academic integrity of schools.

House Speaker Larry Householder
Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

The head of the Ohio House wants the state to come up with a new way of funding schools. He throws out a suggestion that could involve what's often been called a "Robin Hood" approach.

Leaders of the Republican dominated Ohio Legislature have expressed frustration in recent weeks that more of the bills they consider “priorities” have not been passed by lawmakers. But Democrats in the House say they think lawmakers are spending too much time debating the wrong issues. 

Advocates for more minority owned businesses at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, along with state leaders and business owners, say they are working hard to continue to encourage more minority owned businesses in Ohio. 

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

A new bill that would ban abortions in Ohio has been introduced by Statehouse Republicans. A similar total ban bill was introduced last year didn’t pass. So why is this bill being introduced now?

Thousands of posters popped up around Ohio State's campus detailing mental health resources, following a string of suicide attempts in 2018.
Deepti Hossain / WOSU

Suicide rates in Ohio rose dramatically over the last decade for both people under 24 years old and people over 65, according to a new Ohio Department of Health report.

Abortion protesters at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

A new GOP bill would outlaw all abortions in Ohio and subject medical professionals who facilitate the procedure to possible murder charges.

State lawmakers are looking at a proposal to eliminate sales taxes on college textbooks. Efforts to remove those taxes have not gone anywhere before but the lawmakers sponsoring it hope this time will be different.

The Kettering clinic is the region's only abortion provider still in operation.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The Ohio Department of Health has granted a license to Women’s Med Center of Dayton, saving it from closure after years of legal battles. That health clinic is the last abortion provider in the Dayton area.

Naloxone is an antidote that can help reverse drug overdoses.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Ohio law permits pharmacists to give the overdose antidote Naloxone without a prescription to people who deal with opioid addiction. One lawmaker is proposing a measure to help ensure pharmacists follow through.

Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) is one of five lawmakers from states that have or are considering abortion restrictions who are going to El Salvador to experience what life is like in a country that has an abortion ban. 

Ohio law permits pharmacists to give the overdose drug Naloxone without a prescription to people who deal with opioid addicts. But one state lawmaker says many pharmacists are not doing that.

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