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 athletics director Gene Smith answers questions during a news conference on Dec. 4, 2018, in Columbus.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The Ohio State University athletics department expects a $107 million deficit as a result of COVID-19. On Wednesday, the department announced spending reductions including cutting jobs and sports operating budgets, football game day expenses, and facility operations.

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

Ohio State University researchers will form a dedicated center to study the long-term effects of COVID-19, thanks to a $10 million federal grant. 

Jacqueline McFarquhar's mom, Beryline Hillaire, celebrating her 80th birthday at the adult day care center Active Day.
Courtesy of Jacqueline McFarquhar

Jacqueline McFarquhar’s mom, Beryline Hillaire, is 80 years old and has Alzheimer’s. For the last two years, Hillaire's been going to Active Day, an adult day care center near Cincinnati.

A voter fills out his ballot, taking advantage of early voting, Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Steubenville, Ohio.
Gene J. Puskar / Associated Press

Ohio is one of the worst states in the country for voter privacy, according to the consumer group Comparitech.

Courtesy of Wolf's Ridge Brewing.

Columbus restaurants and bars are hoping Restaurant Week will help them bounce back as COVID-19 continues to hurt sales.

Ed Leonard, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, talks about poll worker recruitment on Sept. 11, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

In the parking lot of Community Development for All People on Parsons Avenue, representatives from the Franklin County Board of Elections and the League of Women Voters discussed voting by mail and early voting opportunities, and gave an update on poll worker recruitment efforts. 

Columbus City Schools Board of Education
David Holm / WOSU

A new $2.5 million grant will support and expand school-based health care services like sex education in Columbus.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This is part two of a two-part series about race inside Columbus Division of Police. Read part one here

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, who oversees the Columbus Division of Police. He was interviewed prior to publication, but his comments were erroneously not included in the original story.

A sign welcoming residents to Franklinton.
Mary Rathke / WOSU

Residents have started moving into a new apartment complex for youth that have aged out of the foster care system, or are homeless. 

A Columbus Police officer speaks to protesters during demonstrations over police brutality and racism.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This is part one of a two-part series about race inside the Columbus Division of Police. Read part two here.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, who oversees the Columbus Division of Police. He was interviewed prior to publication, but his comments were erroneously not included in the original story.

Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

Franklin County was the last county in Ohio to allow evictions to take place without the landlord showing up in court. That has now changed. 

A Cut Above The Rest barbershop.
David Holm / WOSU

Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose launched a new initiative Monday with barbershops and beauty salons to encourage voting in minority neighborhoods.

Empty Basketball Courts at the former Dominion Middle School.
Mary Rathke / WOSU Public Media

Columbus City Schools will once again allow sports and other extracurriculars, just two weeks after the district suspended in-person activities, due to dropping rates of new COVID-19 cases in the area.

A Columbus Police officer aims a pepper spray cannister at a protester's face on May 30, 2020.
Katie Forbes / Kforbesphotography

A federal appeals court ruled a Columbus Police officer is protected by qualified immunity after pepper-spraying a protester in 2017. 

Avery Elementary School in Hilliard on May 11, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Hilliard Schools could start using local data to determine if adjustments need to be made to reopening schools, as well as to track potential outbreaks within buildings, grades or classes.

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