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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Columbus Police used tear gas to disperse protesters on May 31, soon after arriving downtown.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Exercise restraint. Use only the minimum amount of lawful force. Do not show anger.

Every officer in training in Ohio is taught crowd control policies, outlined in a document that Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan helped write. Following recent demonstrations over police violence, however, protesters question if Quinlan’s officers followed those guidelines.

Eric Fredericks / Flickr

CoGo bike share locations have reopened downtown, after mass closures requested by the city. 

Thousands of protesters march through the Short North in Columbus on June 5, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Scores of people, young and old, continue to take to the streets in Columbus. More than a week after demonstrations began over George Floyd's death and police violence, the city's curfew remains in place but enforced little, as police mostly stuck to the hands-off approach they've taken after recent critcism.

The James Cancer Hospital at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

This week the Ohio Senate unanimously approved SB 252, which prohibits health care providers from requiring advanced-stage cancer patients try the cheapest medication first. 

A mother and her children protest in downtown Columbus.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU News

There was very little police presence at Tuesday's protests in Columbus, until the very end of the night.

Protesters at the Ohio Statehouse lay on the ground chanting "I can't breathe" on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus' fifth full day of protests remained mostly peaceful, with police walking and even kneeling alongside protesters, until just after curfew when officers met demonstrators with pepper spray on the Ohio State campus.

Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

One week after the death of George Floyd, protestors in Columbus are calling for police reforms while urging demonstrators to remain nonviolent.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, center, tours decontamination units at a COVID-19 testing site with Sean Harrington, of Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System, right, on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, in Miami Gardens.
Lynne Sladky / Associated Press

In late March, workers at a Columbus warehouse were loading Battelle’s Critical Care Decontamination Systems onto truck beds. The technology is the first of its kind – modular so they could be easily shipped to coronavirus hot spots, with the promise of being able to clean 80,000 pieces of personal protective equipment for re-use up to 20 times.

Columbus Police used tear gas to disperse protesters on May 31, soon after arriving downtown.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Hours ahead of the city's second night of curfew, Columbus Police deployed tear gas on protesters and blocked off streets downtown.

A woman sits in the street with her fist raised while police gather on High Street.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Hours before the city's first night of curfew Saturday, Columbus Police dispersed downtown protestors following a day of contentious demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd. Police cars were parked on nearly every street, cordoning off the area and leaving the area empty.

Health officials in the Ohio county that includes Columbus have apologized after releasing a document advising African-Americans to avoid face coverings that might be interpreted as being "associated with gang symbolism.”

The Ohio State Fair has been canceled for 2020.
The Ohio State University

This summer's Ohio State Fair is the latest event to be scuttled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Taylor Williams, left, and other shoppers what in line to enter a Traders Joes store, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Only 25 customers are allowed in the store at one time.
Tony Dejak / Associated Press

Franklin County Public Health has apologized after releasing a document advising African Americans to avoid face coverings that might be interpreted as being "associated with gang symbolism." 

A sign at the Mill Run nursing home in Hilliard.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio has one of the largest populations of nursing homes residents in the country. The cost to test residents and staff for the coronavirus is one of the highest in the nation as well: $25 million.

Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio.
Federal Bureau of Prisons

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution, Ohio's only federal prison, must begin releasing inmates to help with social distancing behind bars.