Paige Pfleger

Reporter

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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Bradley Paramore stands inside the new School Safety Center.
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Tuesday was the inaugural meeting of a new school safety working group, created by Gov. Mike DeWine to prevent threats or acts of violence in schools. 

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new study from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families revealed there are about 10,000 more uninsured 0-to-6 year olds than two years ago.

Paramedic Scott Widener crouches in the back of an outfitted ambulance.

“I am six foot and I’m duckin',” he says, laughing.

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"It’s a typical mammogram room—if you went to a hospital it would look exactly the same," says mammographer Valerie Rice. "It’s nothing really different, except that it’s in a moving vehicle!"

A meat locker of deer at Mosley's Meat Market in Hilliard.
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Warning: This story contains vivid descriptions and images of how a deer is butchered.

Ohio opened its deer-hunting season to hunters with guns this week, which means butchers like Jay Mosley of Mosley's Meat Market are working overtime. 

A deer in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio.
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Monday kicks off Ohio’s annual week for hunting deer with guns.

Paramedics Scott Widener (left) and Mike Warnimont (right) prepare the mobile stroke unit for the day.
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Paramedic Scott Widener crouches in the back of an outfitted ambulance.

“I am six foot and I’m duckin',” he says, laughing.

In many Midwest states it’s illegal for someone with HIV to have sex without telling partners about the illness. Some public health experts are pushing to change those laws.

The Mirror Lake Eatery on Ohio State University's campus in 2018.
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It seems there is a new tradition ahead of the big Michigan game. Ohio State University students woke up Friday morning to find that Mirror Lake had been drained overnight. 

Franklin County Sheriff's cruiser
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The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is reviewing pursuit policies after a car chase resulted in a crash last week. 

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

Graig Cote has had HIV for 33 years, and he wants everyone to know it.

The RREACT cars are part of a program to provide overdose victims with treatment.
Columbus City Council

Columbus City Council recently voted to invest more in an innovative program to help connect people who overdose with treatment.

Ohio State University announced it will close Buckeye Village, a graduate student and family apartment complex, next fall. 

Donna McMullen holds a photo of her daughter, Jessica, who died in September.
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“That’s my mommy, look!” Three-year old Adalynn McMullen points a little dimpled finger at a collage of photos on a trifold board.

The photos show her mom, Jessica McMullen, over the years – from when she was in diapers to just a few years ago, holding Adalynn on her lap.

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AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson all reached a settlement with Summit and Cuyahoga counties. However those two counties did not see the largest influx of opioids in the state.

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