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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Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Columbus City Council held a hearing about no-knock warrants as part of their Reimagining Public Safety legislative package on Thursday.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein
Nick Evans / WOSU

City Attorney Zach Klein announced a new policy to decrease arrests for warrants stemming from non-violent offenses on Thursday. 

A medical professional performs the COVID-19 test at a drive up testing site in Merrillville, Indiana.
Justin Hicks / Indiana Public Broadcasting

After working as a legal observer at recent protests, local attorney Adam Vincent got tested a few weeks ago, with his results coming back negative. But recently, he started experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, so he wanted to get tested again.

Ohio Attorney General Mike Dewine flanked by Bureau of Criminal Investigation scientists, announced the state has completed testing a backlog of nearly 14,000 rape kits.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ohio leaders say training is needed before they can fully roll out a website to track sexual assault evidence kits through the system. 

Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan at a press conference on Feb. 4, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Ten people were shot in Columbus over the weekend, and three people were killed. According to the city of Columbus, all of the victims were under the age of 26. 

In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, file photo, the JPMorgan Chase logo is displayed at their headquarters in New York.
Seth Wenig / Associated Press

JPMorgan Chase employees were supposed to return to Central Ohio offices starting Monday, but the company has put that plan on pause.

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

Federal authorities have accused an Ohio State University researcher and professor of funneling federally funded research to China.

Laurie Granger is a manager and bartender at a cocktail bar in the Short North.
Ash Gerlach / Courtesy of Two Truths

Columbus was logging about 80 new cases of COVID-19 per day when bars and restaurants were ordered to close across the state. Lately, the numbers have been more than double that.

Protestors gather at the home of Columbus school board president Jennifer Adair in June, demaning the district stop using resource officers from Columbus Police.
Roger Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus Police announced they are eliminating the placement of 20 high school resource officers and two sergeants within Columbus City Schools.

 Jack Nicklaus, left, presents Patrick Cantlay with the trophy after Cantlay won the Memorial golf tournament Sunday, June 2, 2019, in Dublin.
Jay LaPrete / AP

The PGA Tour announced Monday that the annual Memorial Golf Tournament will be held without fans due to COVID-19. 

A sign on the Columbus Metropolitan Library's downtown branch, on May 4, which remains closed.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Metropolitan Library will again close their doors to the public because of the spike in COVID-19 cases. 

St. Louis, St. Paul, Richmond, Boston — cities across the country have dismantled, torn down or removed their statues honoring the explorer Christopher Columbus. One of the more recent and more surprising additions to that list is his namesake: Columbus, Ohio. The city once had three Christopher Columbus statues.

Construction crews recently dismantled a marble statue on the campus of Columbus State Community College, loading it piece by piece onto a flatbed truck to be put into storage.

A small Columbus statue still stands on the lawn of the statehouse.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

In January, Columbus launched a new career development program for recently incarcerated people. After months of work, and overcoming additional obstacles presented by the pandemic, the first class of participants graduated last week. 

State troopers and police officers blocking the intersection of High and State streets. Police vehicles took over the center turning lane for nearly two blocks of High Street between Broad and Town Streets on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

A rift is emerging between Columbus City Council and Mayor Andrew Ginther after police officers deployed pepper spray against protesters over the weekend, less than a week after the city banned the use of chemical agents against non-violent crowds.

Columbus Metropolitan Library's main branch in downtown Columbus.
David Holm / WOSU

New research from Battelle concludes that the coronavirus is not detectable on five different library materials after three days.