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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Ohio State University's William Oxley Thompson Library.
Ohio State University

Ohio State University is hosting a training to help faculty and students be allies to students in drug or alcohol recovery. 

Pickerington City Hall
City of Pickerington

A candidate for Pickerington city council is taking issue with how the city recently voted to more than triple the mayor's salary.

Democratic presidential candidate entrepreneur Andrew Yang responds to questions following a Democratic presidential primary debate at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville.
Tony Dejak / AP

During Tuesday's Democratic presidential debate in Westerville, two candidates discussed the idea of decriminalizing opioids.

At first glance, the people inside Franklin County Municipal Court room 13C have little in common. There’s a man in cutoff jean shorts with tattooed arms. Behind him sits a younger woman with freckles who looks like she came from soccer practice.

The group is bound together by circumstance: All were addicted to opioids and got in trouble with the law.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Columbus City Council on Monday will consider a grant for a probation department program focused on intervention for LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence. 

Mark Butler's son Andrew needed to be placed in a residential mental health treatment center, but insurance wouldn't pay.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

In May, WOSU shared the story of the Butler family, whose son Andrew has a severe intellectual disability that causes sometimes-violent outbursts.

Brutus, an Eastern screech owl, shown off at an Audubon event on Oct. 10, 2019.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

New research from the National Audubon Society finds two-thirds of North American birds are at risk of extinction due to climate change.

guns on display in a gun store
Seth Perlman / Associated Press

A new study from The Ohio State University shows firearm suicides decreased slightly in states where the mental health workforce grew.

Fired doctor William Husel, third from left, leaves court with his new attorneys, Jose Baez, far left, and Diane Menashe, far right, and others following a hearing Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.
Kantele Franko / Associated Press

The lawyer for William Husel has filed a motion for the former Mount Carmel doctor to leave the state.

A diversion program for victims of human trafficking is spreading to cities around the country. The model has roots in Columbus, Ohio, where a judge decided to direct women toward rehabilitation instead of jail.

Ten years ago, Judge Paul Herbert was sitting in a courtroom when he noticed a trend. He was seeing lots of women who were abused and forced into sex work, but they were being treated like criminals.

Cecily King, right, and her daughter Odessa hang a sign that says "If You're Going Through Hell Keep Going" over a Columbus highway.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

You are enough. You are valuable. You are worthy.

Mantras like these have been appearing on highway overpasses and bridges across Columbus over the last few months.

House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and House Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) unveil new cameras installed in a committee room in March.
Andy Chow / Statehouse News Bureau

House Democrats are calling on the Speaker to add protections for LGBTQ members and staffers to the chamber’s employee handbook. A recent draft of the guidelines left sexual orientation and gender identity off the list of protected traits.

Recently-sprouted soybeans on a farm in Central Ohio.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Farmers who couldn’t plant crops due to wet weather this spring will be able to get tax breaks on their land more easily, thanks to a change from the Franklin County Board of Revision.

Courtesy of Communications Workers of America

Workers and activists delivered a petition Thursday to a Verizon Wireless store in Lancaster to reinstate an employee who was fired. 

A computer-generated image of a black hole ripping up a star. The phenomenon was spotted by a NASA satellite and an Ohio State telescope network.
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

A NASA satellite and a network of robotic telescopes at The Ohio State University gave astronomers a look at a black hole ripping up a star. 

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