Andrew Ginther

Crown Pointe Care Center resident Rebecca Meeker, left, receives a COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kate Latta, PharmD, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. Meeker was the first long-term care patient in Ohio to receive a vaccine.
Jay LaPrete / Associated Press

Early Friday morning, Mayor Andrew Ginther joined Gov. Mike DeWine at Crown Pointe Care Center in Columbus to mark the expansion of Ohio’s vaccination efforts into long-term care facilities.

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

As Columbus approaches a record-rate of homicides in 2020, city leaders are stepping up efforts to stop the violence. So far this year, 132 people have died due to violence.  The city is quickly approaching 2017 when a record 143 people died due to homicides.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

The city of Columbus is introducing legislation to settle a Black police officer’s federal discrimination suit against the Columbus Division of Police. 

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Jun 29, 2020
Hand prints in red paint were left on the west columns and stairs at the Ohio Statehouse as part of a protest on June 18.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder has said he wants to turn Capitol Square into its own entity, separate from the city of Columbus, in retaliation for damage done to the statehouse during demonstrations in recent weeks.

At the city level, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and the local Fraternal Order of Police remain far apart on an agreement to enact policing reforms.

Police Practices During Protests

Jun 3, 2020
Police in riot gear in front of a protest at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

As protests continue against racial injustice around the country, police departments have used a variety of tactics against the crowds.

Some officers march and kneel with protestors, while some indiscriminately use pepper spray. Research shows that when police officers escalate the use of force, the situation worsens.

Columbus Police officers maintain crowds around the Ohio Statehouse on May 30, 2020.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

With protesters again demonstrating in downtown Columbus, City Council on Monday voted to declare racism a public health crisis. 

Police watch protestors in the streets at the intersection of Broad and High streets in downtown Columbus on Thursday.
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A protest against police brutality in downtown Columbus turned violent on Thursday night. Protestors broke windows at the Ohio Statehouse and nearby businesses after a clash with Columbus Police officers. 

Around 400 people gathered at Broad and High streets to demonstrate over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. 

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours the coronavirus "surge" site at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Greater Columbus Convention Center

Mayors around Ohio are calling on federal authorities to deliver more funding as coronavirus-caused job losses eat into local revenue.

Columbus Public Health Commissioner Dr. Mysheika Roberts.
Nick Evans / WOSU

In what appears to be a first-of-its kind step, Columbus Public Health has declared a local health emergency as a result of the coronavirus.

 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

The state of Ohio has issued a public health order prohibiting most spectators at this week's Arnold Sports Festival. Event organizers say they will comply with the restrictions.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Columbus city leaders say all full-time permanent city employees will now make at least $15 per hour.

The rivalry soccer fans have been waiting for is finally here. FC Cincinnati travels to Columbus Saturday to take on in-state rival, Columbus Crew SC.

U.S. Mayors Pick Columbus For 2022 Annual Meeting

Jul 22, 2019
Columbus skyline

Columbus will be hosting a major gathering of U.S. mayors for the first time.

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Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther is praising Goveror Kasich for signing off on a bill to stipulate when police body camera footage becomes public record.

Adora Namigadde

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther says many of the details in a now-retracted stadium proposal from the CEO of the Columbus Foundation were presented to the owner of the Columbus Crew in a meeting last week.