Leila Goldstein

Leila Goldstein is a reporter and producer for WYSO. Before coming to WYSO she interned with Marketplace where her reporting focused on business and technology, from financial tech tools for domestic workers to the hidden world of online returns. She has also interned with New Hampshire Public Radio, and has produced pieces for NPR, Wyoming Public Media, Wondery, and the Coney Island History Project.

Prior to her work in radio she taught ESOL in New York City and Banda Aceh, Indonesia. She’s a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Oberlin College. Leila grew up in Northern Virginia and has family roots in Dayton.


The National Park Service has awarded the Dayton nonprofit Early Visions $500,000 to preserve the site of the country’s first African American YWCA. The branch originally formed in 1889 and moved into a West Dayton house on South Paul Laurence Dunbar Street, what was then Summit Street, in the early 1940s. While the branch closed in the 1970s, one childhood member has had a lifelong vision of reopening the center as a community resource for women and girls in West Dayton. 

The Wesley Community Center’s annual Juneteenth festival in Dayton was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. But following the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests against police violence toward Black people, several community leaders saw a necessity in holding the yearly celebration to commemorate the end of slavery. 

Communities across the country are celebrating Juneteenth today. Several events are planned throughout the Dayton area this weekend.

Donald Domineck, chairman of the Dayton chapter of the New Black Panther Party, is one of the organizers of a festival in Dayton View Park this Saturday from 1p.m. to 6 p.m. He said the holiday is originally about a lack of information, and that theme is especially important this year.

Another inmate at the Montgomery County jail has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The first case of COVID-19 at the jail was reported last week. Two guards have also tested positive, and two more inmates with symptoms are waiting for test results. 

Dr. Amy Acton is stepping down from her role as the director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Thursday. DeWine said she will now serve as his chief health advisor.

A Better Dayton Coalition organized a memorial service today at Courthouse Square in honor of George Floyd and other victims of police violence, as mourners gathered in Houston for Floyd’s funeral.

From marches to vigils to die-ins, cities across the country have been holding demonstrations over the last week. Residents are protesting police brutality against Black people following the killing of George Floyd. These events will continue this weekend in communities throughout the Miami Valley.

A peaceful protest turned into a skirmish with police officers in downtown Dayton, as hundreds gathered to protest the death of George Floyd.

Around 400 people gathered midday Saturday to protest police violence against Black people. Floyd died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned Floyd down with his knee on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes.

The Dayton Municipal Court will start hearing eviction cases again beginning June 1. Other courts in the Miami Valley have already started hearing cases.

The Dayton Municipal Court has seen a decrease in eviction filings following Ohio’s stay-at-home order issued in March. In April, the court had less than a quarter of the number of eviction filings compared to the same month in 2019. But some advocates worry there may be a wave of cases to come. 

Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles reopened today after being closed since mid-March. The department has extended the deadline for renewing licenses and IDs if they expired after March 8th. Still, some area offices had long lines today. 

At 12 p.m. there were about 50 people in line outside the BMV office at Dayton’s Pinewood Plaza.

Residents waited to renew their IDs so they could cash their stimulus check, apply for low income housing, or go out for drinks tonight. 

This weekend, Muslims across the globe celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Because of the coronavirus, communities in the Miami Valley were not able to gather, hug, or eat together as usual. But the youth group at the Dayton Mercy Society (DMS) in Miamisburg dreamed up a drive-through Eid celebration.

This Sunday Muslims around the world will celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan. Muslim communities in the Miami Valley have had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic, with sermons conducted over Zoom and families praying at home instead of at mosques. 

In some ways, the pandemic has made Ramadan a bit easier for Chanda Haq’s family in Dayton. Her kids did not have to be in school all day or miss out on track practice because they were fasting. But she felt like something was missing this year.

About two weeks after she tested positive for COVID-19, Jessica Young of Huber Heights got a call from Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County with a specific request. The stranger on the other end of the phone asked her to write down every person she had interacted with for the last two months.

“Anybody I had shaken hands with, sneezed around, sat next to more than 10 to 15 minutes,” she said. “Anybody I had deep conversations with that would keep me close to them for a long period of time.”  

In early May, Governor Mike DeWine announced $300 million in cuts to K-12 schools. While about $500 million in federal dollars have been allocated to Ohio’s schools through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, also known as the CARES Act, those funds will not necessarily counteract the budget cuts for local school districts. 

On Friday restaurants and bars in the state are allowed to open for outdoor dining under Governor Mike DeWine’s Responsible RestartOhio Plan. But with added safety requirements to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, some owners in the Miami Valley are choosing not to reopen.