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 Wesleyan University is taking a "one year pause" in its relationship with the Methodist Church.
Ohio Wesleyan University

Ohio Wesleyan University announced it is making $10 million worth of budget cuts.

Standard Hall in the Short North was cited multiple times over the weekend for violating state health guidelines.
Standard Hall / Facebook

In Columbus, nine bars and restaurants were cited for violating social distancing requirements after patios were allowed to reopen Friday.

A selection of produce at the Veggie Van in Linden. The project launched this summer, bringing fresh fruit and vegetables to Columbus' food deserts.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Many people have turned to online ordering to make grocery shopping safer during the pandemic. But that option isn’t available for SNAP or food stamp recipients, who can only use their benefits in person. 

The laboratory test kit used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

When Gov. Mike DeWine first spoke about lifting the state's stay-at-home orders, he emphasized that coronavirus testing would be a crucial component of safely reopening.

The campus of Mount Carmel West in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

A hearing examiner has recommended the Ohio Board of Nursing take disciplinary action against two former Mount Carmel West nurses involved in the case of William Husel.

The Hot Chicken Takeover location in Clintonville is preparing to reopen in accordance with safety guidelines from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
Hot Chicken Takeover / Facebook

Restaurants around Ohio are looking for guidance on how to re-open after the governor said they could serve patrons outdoors next week, and begin indoor dining a week later. 

Comune is a restaurant on Parsons Avenue in Columbus.
Courtesy of Comune

Gov. Mike DeWine announced plans Thursday to reopen restaurants and hair services this month. Salons and barbershops can open on May 15, and restaurants can begin outdoor dining the same day. Indoor dining can begin a week later, on May 21.

In Franklin County, people with sex offenses register at the Karnes Building on High Street.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU News

Even as most Ohioans are encouraged to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic, people convicted of sexual offenses are still required to register in person. Some Ohio counties and even nearby states have waived that in-person requirement, but most, including Franklin County, have not.

Otterbein University

After moving to remote learning for the spring and summer semesters, Otterbein University in Westerville announced plans Monday to resume in-person classes in the fall.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Christopher has been struggling with addiction since he was 14. He uses heroin, and he says things have been hard since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Dental Hygienist Kayla Whitmer works on a patient in Aspen Dental's MouthMobile, a dentist office on wheels, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Dental Association, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are all in agreement: non-emergency dental procedures should be postponed until further notice. 

One Nationwide Plaza in downtown Columbus.
Wikimedia Commons / Wikimedia Commons

Nationwide Insurance announced a plan to shift some offices permanently to working from home. 

Columbus State Community College

Franklin County voters approved a $300 million bond issue for improvements at Columbus State Community College. It was the community college's first-ever bond issue

Signs posted in Glenwood Subdivision in the Olentangy Schools District.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Delaware County voters on Tuesday approved three ballot requests from the Olentangy School District.

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

The Ohio State University Nurses Organization filed a complaint alleging that thousands of workers at the Wexner Medical Center have experienced hazardous coronavirus exposure.