Steve Brown

News Morning Anchor and Managing Editor

Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and two sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.

He left Ohio in 2007 to become the morning anchor at KSTK in Wrangell, Alaska while also serving as a regional correspondent for the Alaska Public Radio Network. Steve has also anchored and reported for public radio stations in Orlando and Jacksonville, Florida. His award-winning features have been featured on several NPR programs, including Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

When he's not working, Steve is likely listening to public radio, playing guitar or watching his beloved Buckeyes.

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The Columbus Division of Police has announced the death of 59-year old Officer Stan Kaiser. Kaiser was assigned to the police helicopter unit where he was preparing to take off with fellow officer Roger Howard early this morning. Police spokesman Sergeant Michael Woods says there are always two officers in police helicopters because of safety concerns. Woods says Kaiser had an FAA-required physical two weeks ago. Woods says Kaiser appears to have died of natural causes.

Goodale Park fills with dogs of many different breeds and sizes every afternoon as their owners socialize about the day's events.

The 32-acre park is situated in the middle of Victorian Village, a densely populated neighborhood between downtown and the Ohio State campus. Neighbor Brian Shelley has been bringing his Golden Retreiver Kali here without a leash almost every day for the last 18 months.

Shelley says he and many other area residents bring their dogs to Goodale because of the lack of space in their urban neighborhood.

Treasurer Michael Kinnear told the Columbus School Board a fund used to pay off district debt is $7.6 million short for the year. Kinnear says money supplied to the fund comes from real-estate and personal-property taxes. Kinnear says the district is now forced to consider other options for debt payment to make up for the depleted fund.

Employees remain out on strike today at the Franklin County Child Enforcement Agency. Members of Teamsters Local 284 say they need larger annual raises and lower health care premiums, while county officials say their proposal of 2 percent annual pay increases and additional health care premiums is reasonable. But there also appears to be a difference in opinion on how the strike is affecting productivity at the county agency.

Honda Chooses Indiana Over Ohio

Jun 28, 2006

Honda of America says it will build a new $550,000,000 auto assembly plant in southeast Indiana. Company executives traveled to Greensburg, Indiana today to make the announcement.

Indiana was chosen over other sites being considered, including two sites in Ohio. The new plant is expected to eventually employ 2,000 workers.

Church fire ruled an arson

Jun 26, 2006

Fire officials continue investigating a fire that damaged a Jehovah Witness church on Columbus' North-East side over the weekend. Investigators have ruled the fire arson, but are not commenting on possible motives or suspects.

The Ohio University Board of Trustees today approved four million dollars to improve computer security after five data theft cases in 15 months. The amount was twice that requested by O.U. President Roderick McDavis.

The funding approval comes as a consultant's report indicates the O.U. Computer Sciences Department was running annual surpluses but failed to make adequate investments in firewalls and other protection.

Other universities have taken note of O-U's situation. WOSU's Steve Brown reports.

Passions are running high in Central Ohio's Mexican community these days. It's not over immigration. It's not over a fence being built along the U.S. border. What's caused the excitment among Mexicans living in Columbus is soccer. The Mexican national soccer team is a strong contender in this year's world cup, and local Mexicans are doing everything they can to watch every game.

Fans of Mexico's national team don't react well to narrowly-missed goals.

Columbus fire officials say two children dies in a house fire this morning and two others were critically injured. The fire occured at 1624 Kohr Place on the city's north-east side. Battalion chief Doug Smith says the children were found in a back bedroom. All of them were taken by ambulance to Children's Hospital. Smith says two adults also were inside the home when the fire started about 5:00 this morning. He says it appears to have started in a second story bedroom, but the cause isn't known.

OSU's proposed tuition increase would mean an additional $477 per year for in-state undergraduate students. At the May trustees meeting, Budget Director William Shkurti said the six percent increase is necessary to compensate for a decrease in state funding.

"Our state support is growing less than two percent this year, so most of the difference we make up through tuition, although we also try to reduce expenses wherever we can, do private fundraisers wherever we can, and then the tuition increase fills in the difference."