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 State Wexner Medical Center on March 30, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Federal authorities have accused an Ohio State University researcher and professor of funneling federally funded research to China.

Laurie Granger is a manager and bartender at a cocktail bar in the Short North.
Ash Gerlach / Courtesy of Two Truths

Columbus was logging about 80 new cases of COVID-19 per day when bars and restaurants were ordered to close across the state. Lately, the numbers have been more than double that.

Protestors gather at the home of Columbus school board president Jennifer Adair in June, demaning the district stop using resource officers from Columbus Police.
Roger Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus Police announced they are eliminating the placement of 20 high school resource officers and two sergeants within Columbus City Schools.

 Jack Nicklaus, left, presents Patrick Cantlay with the trophy after Cantlay won the Memorial golf tournament Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Dublin.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The PGA Tour announced Monday that the annual Memorial Golf Tournament will be held without fans due to COVID-19. 

A sign on the Columbus Metropolitan Library's downtown branch, on May 4, which remains closed.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Metropolitan Library will again close their doors to the public because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. 

St. Louis, St. Paul, Richmond, Boston — cities across the country have dismantled, torn down or removed their statues honoring the explorer Christopher Columbus. One of the more recent and more surprising additions to that list is his namesake: Columbus, Ohio. The city once had three Christopher Columbus statues.

Construction crews recently dismantled a marble statue on the campus of Columbus State Community College, loading it piece by piece onto a flatbed truck to be put into storage.

A small Columbus statue still stands on the lawn of the statehouse.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

In January, Columbus launched a new career development program for recently incarcerated people. After months of work, and overcoming additional obstacles presented by the pandemic, the first class of participants graduated last week. 

State troopers and police officers blocking the intersection of High and State streets. Police vehicles took over the center turning lane for nearly two blocks of High Street between Broad and Town Streets on Sunday.
Nick Evans / WOSU

A rift is emerging between Columbus City Council and Mayor Andrew Ginther after police officers deployed pepper spray against protesters over the weekend, less than a week after the city banned the use of chemical agents against non-violent crowds.

Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch in downtown Columbus.
David Holm / WOSU

New research from Battelle concludes that the coronavirus is not detectable on five different library materials after three days.

The dance group Dance Elite Performance Academy performs at a Juneteenth celebration.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

As hundreds of Columbus residents celebrated Juneteenth on the city’s East Side, the city government moved to formally recognize June 19 as a holiday.

Columbus City Hall in downtown Columbus on April 15, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

A local advocate says the city's removal of its Christopher Columbus statue is the result of two forces converging: the current Black Lives Matter movement and the long-standing efforts of Indigenous activists.

Columbus City Hall statue outside Columbus City Hall
David Holm / WOSU

A statue of Christopher Columbus at City Hall will be taken down, Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Thursday.

Gov. Mike DeWine inside the Governor's Residence in Columbus on Dec. 13, 2019.
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking the Ohio General Assembly to ban chokeholds, except in life-or-death situations, and to require independent investigations for all police shootings and deaths in police custody.

Franklin County jail in downtown Columbus.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

A small group of lawyers and activists known as the Columbus Freedom Fund has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations to bail out protesters arrested during recent demonstrations. The group's sudden rise to prominence, however, has raised questions: Who are they, and how exactly are they using the money?

Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell, right, dribbles the basketball while being defended by Maryland guard Kaila Charles during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the finals of the Big Ten conference tournament on March 4, 2018.
R Brent Smith / Associated Press

As Ohio State student athletes return to campus, the university is asking them to sign a pledge acknowledging the risk of contracting COVID-19.