Paige Pfleger


Paige Pfleger is a reporter for WOSU. She's especially interested in the intersection of public health and criminal justice. Before joining the staff of WOSU, she worked in the newsrooms of NPR, Vox, Michigan Radio, WHYY and The Tennessean.

She spent three years in Philadelphia covering health, science, and gender, and her work has appeared nationally in The Washington Post, Marketplace, Atlas Obscura and more. As a freelancer, Paige traveled to Puerto Rico to cover how the island’s agricultural community dealt with damage from Hurricane Maria.

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Ohio's governor and the mayor of Columbus announced this week they would limit spectators for this year’s Arnold Sports Festival over concerns about the coronavirus. But the impact on other major events coming to the city is still uncertain.

The campus of Mount Carmel West in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Mount Carmel Health System has settled with the Ohio Board of Pharmacy for nearly $480,000 following an investigation into dosing practices and fired doctor William Husel.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger shakes hands and signs autographs for wrestlers and their families during the Arnold Sports Festival Sunday, March 8, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Businesses in downtown Columbus and the Short North suddenly have a lot of sales to make up, with the cancellation of the Arnold Fitness Expo and the banning of most spectators from the affiliated Arnold Sports Festival.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton holds up a mask as she gives an update about the state's response to coronavirus, on Feb. 27, 2020 in Cleveland.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

The Ohio Department of Health is waiting on test results for a new possible case of coronavirus.

Luke Jacobs oversees the Columbus Public Health response team for infectious diseases.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

With nine deaths linked to COVID-19 in the U.S. so far, health officials around the country are playing close attention to recent travelers.

Courtesy of Amy Xie

Fourth-year Ohio State University medical student Amy Xie just returned to the CDC headquarters in Atlanta after conducting an investigation of the coronavirus outbreak in Arizona.

A jug of used needles to exchange in Camden, N.J., on Oct. 29, 2015.
Mel Evans / Associated Press

Faith and community leaders plan to ask the Licking County Board of Health to repeal a ban on syringe access programs at the board’s meeting Tuesday.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Tammy’s struggle with substance use started with pain pills she found in her grandmother’s cabinet. Then it escalated to heroin.

Mayor Andrew Ginther gives his State Of The City speech on February 13, 2020.
Shelley Fisher / City Of Columbus

Mayor Andrew Ginther's office announced Friday that they are working to set up a meeting with protesters who interrupted his annual State Of The City address.

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

After a recent spike of drug deaths, several health agencies in Franklin County are giving out free doses of the overdose antidote nalaxone.

HIV testing at Mozaic, an Equitas Health clinic in Columbus.
Equitas Health

Columbus City Council will vote Monday to devoting more than $280,000 to HIV prevention efforts. 

Angie Wang / Associated Press

The Ohio State University has released more details about its search for a new president. 

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) is holding strong to his original statements on the impeachment of President Trump. A final vote in the Senate trial is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

Gov. Mike DeWine signs the executive order creating the Ohio Narcotics Intelligence Center on July 31, 2019.
Olivia Miltner / WOSU

Gov. Mike Dewine is directing more than $2 million of grant funding into local drug task forces. 

Judge Jodi Thomas, right, speaks to participants in a specialized court docket during a weekly meeting.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus City Council on Monday night will vote on investing nearly $500,000 in Franklin County's specialty docket programs.