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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Casey Goodson Jr. was killed by a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy last Friday.
Walton + Brown

WOSU has confirmed that 23-year-old Casey Goodson Jr., who law enforcement say was "waving a gun" at officers before his fatal encounter with a Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy, had a concealed carry license.

Franklin County Sheriff's cruiser
Raymond Wambsgans / Flickr

There is still much confusion surrounding the death of a 23-year-old Black Columbus resident shot Friday by a white Franklin County Sheriff's deputy. 

Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus lights up for Pride Month.
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital announced Thursday that it will acquire Toledo-based Mercy Health Children’s Hospital by January 2022.

A corrections officer at Dayton Correctional Institution died of COVID-19 in the last week.
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

Two more Ohio prison officers have died of COVID-19, bringing the total number of correctional staff deaths since the pandemic's start to seven.

A deer in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio.
Jeff Bryant / Flickr

Monday marks the start of the deer gun hunt season. Over the last few years, gun hunting has been on the decline, but Ohio wildlife officials expect that to change this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Columbus Council members Emmanuel Remy and Shayla Favor, Mayor Andrew Ginther, and members Elizabeth Brown and Rob Dorans at an October press conference.
Columbus City Council / Facebook

Columbus City Council held a meeting Monday to outline its public safety plans ahead of budget deliberations.

A view of the downtown Columbus skyline from Franklinton.
Mary Rathke / WOSU

Franklin County is the first and only county in the state to be elevated to a level four "purple" health emergency, the most severe indicator on Ohio's Public Health Advisory map.

McNaughten Pointe is a nursing facility on the East side of Columbus.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

The number of nursing homes in Franklin County with cases of COVID-19 is twice as high as it was in August.

Letters from Home wants to hear from Ohioans during this COVID-19 pandemic.
Ohio State University / Facebook

As Thanksgiving approaches, The Ohio State University is trying to accomplish two potentially conflicting goals: send students back home, but don't contribute to the spread of COVID-19. 

Pickerington students in September.
Pickerington Local School District / Facebook

Schools around Central Ohio took a cautious approach to the academic year. Many started remote, and pledged to return to distance learning should COVID-19 cases spike. But despite record-breaking new case numbers, most districts are still in the classroom at least part of the time.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus has set a new record for number of yearly homicides. Friday marked the city's 144th homicide so far in 2020.

Tom Quinlan was selected in December as the new Columbus Police Chief.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

A new policy instituted last week requires Columbus police officers to release non-violent offenders with a court summons instead of putting them in jail.

Weapons for sale at Mad River Armory and Range in Springfield.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

The cities of Columbus and Dayton are suing Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost's office over what they call a failure to update the criminal background check system used to investigate potential gun owners.

ADAMH / Facebook

More than 70% of Franklin County voters approved a levy for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Board of Franklin County (ADAMH).

A room inside Columbus' new homeless respite center.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

When people experiencing homelessness go to the hospital for an infection or a surgery, they often can’t be discharged because they don’t have a safe place to recover.