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.


Vaccines will be available to Ohioans ages 80 years and older beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19. About 800 providers across the state have been selected to be part of the first week of distribution.

At a coronavirus briefing, Gov. Mike DeWine said the state has asked local health departments and emergency management agencies to hold press conferences Wednesday and Thursday with information on locations where residents ages 80 and older can get vaccinated.

Restaurant owners, workers and their supporters gathered Thursday night outside Wings Sports Bar and Grille in Beavercreek to protest the COVID-related restrictions placed on their businesses. They met with State Senator Bob Hackett and State Representative Rick Perales to voice their concerns.

The Ohio Department of Health reported 685 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the lowest number of cases reported since Sept. 8. The state’s 21-day average continues to stay around 1,000 cases, with a slight downward trend.

On Tuesday Ohio reported 145,850 total COVID-19 cases and 4,635 deaths. The state has had 14,899 hospitalizations and 3,210 ICU admissions.

Around 20 community members gathered to protest in front of the Safety Building in Downtown Dayton this morning. The protest was in response to a video that was posted on Facebook of the Monday arrest of George Lail. In the video, two police officers pin Lail to the ground in front of the Westown Shopping Center in West Dayton. One officer punched Lail three times and then used a TASER on him.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio schools and parents will need to follow new requirements for reporting COVID-19 cases beginning September 8, Gov. Mike DeWine said at his coronavirus briefing on Thursday.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gives a press conference from his home in Cedarville.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thurday set a reopening date of senior centers and adult day centers for September 21 and laid out several measures the facilities will have to follow.

Ohio's adult day care and senior centers may begin reopening Sept. 21 at a reduced capacity, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. Those facilities have been closed since March 23.

Right on the street corner outside Dayton City Hall is a blue U.S. Postal Service mailbox. Taped to the top is a message: This Collection Point is Scheduled for Removal.

Several postal service mailboxes in downtown Dayton have notices saying they will be removed because not enough mail is being collected at those locations. Over the last few days, the USPS has received complaints from residents across the country for removing boxes ahead of the November election.

A community initiative called Reimagining America: Dayton, Ohio has launched a new project focused on policing and public safety in Montgomery, Green, Miami and Preble Counties.

Tuesday marks the one year anniversary of the Oregon District shooting where nine people were killed and many more were injured. This year’s remembrance events had to be changed to protect people’s health due to COVID-19, but several events are still planned to honor victims and survivors.

A closed sign is posted at Pins Mechanical duckpin bowling alley and bar in downtown Columbus.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

For unemployed Ohioans, the additional $600 weekly federal payment added to their benefits expired on Saturday. Congress hasn’t passed a new coronavirus relief package, and local jobless residents worry they won’t be able to make ends meet. 

Public Health Dayton and Montgomery County hosted its first free COVID-19 pop-up testing for the public Thursday. The department’s Medical Director Dr. Michael Dohn said pop-up testing is a way for Public Health to identify active cases and control the spread of the virus.

Montgomery County Jail
Montgomery County Sheriff's Department

A Dayton nonprofit and an inmate of the Montgomery County jail have filed a lawsuit against the local health department seeking action against the jail's growing COVID-19 outbreak.

Cincinnati Children's

Doctors from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center say that Latina and Black pregnant women in their hospitals are testing positive for COVID-19 at disproportionately high rates. They looked at cases from the 14 hospitals covered by the medical center’s neonatology division, stretching from the Dayton area to Northern Kentucky. 

Following nationwide protests of police brutality against Black people, local governments across the country are reevaluating police practices. In Dayton, the city commission has launched five working groups to address police reform which will begin meeting this month. But some local leaders who have worked on these issues for years question whether the new plan will lead to real change.