Columbus Dispatch

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Jan 8, 2020

GateHouse Media bought The Columbus Dispatch in 2015 and then merged with Gannett late last year. Since then, the newspaper has shrunk along with the workforce that produces it.

By March, another 188 Dispatch workers will be out of a job when the paper starts printing in indianapolis.

The Ohio Capital Journal on December 4, launched its online-only news outlet dedicated to Ohio state government.

Both developments are part of the changing face of journalism in the United States.

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Nearly 200 Columbus Dispatch production workers will lose their jobs as the paper shutters its West Side printing facility.  

The former owner of The Columbus Dispatch, the Dispatch Printing Company, has entered the legal battle over whether or not the paper engaged in deceptive business practices.

Columbus Dispatch sign in downtown Columbus.
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The publisher of the Columbus Dispatch is resigning, with the newspaper’s executive editor taking his place.

A new lawsuit accuses The Columbus Dispatch and its parent company of using deceptive practices by billing customers for content they did not request and then changing their subscriptions.

Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

The owner of the Columbus Dispatch is purchasing the owner of the Cincinnati Enquirer, in a merger of two of the country's largest newspaper companies. It’s the latest media deal driven by the industry's struggles with a decline of printed editions.

Jim Siegel, a reporter for the Columbus Dispatch, died at the age of 46.
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Jim Siegel, a longtime Ohio Statehouse reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, died Tuesday at the age of 46.

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Columnist Joe Blundo has been pounding out the columns for 22 years for The Columbus Dispatch. 

Along the way, Blundo has discarded some themes only to replace them with others, offering his take on the absurdities and wonders of modern life. Blundo revisits dozens of his favorite and most impactful columns in his new book “Does That Make Sense? The Best of Joe Blundo.”

Today on All Sides, Blundo shares some of those stories and more during his time as a columnist.

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Columnist Joe Blundo has been pounding out the columns for 22 years for The Columbus Dispatch. 

Along the way, Blundo has discarded some themes only to replace them with others, offering his take on the absurdities and wonders of modern life. Blundo revisits dozens of his favorite and most impactful columns in his new book “Does That Make Sense? The Best of Joe Blundo.”

Today on All Sides, Blundo shares some of those stories and more during his time as a columnist.

Gov. John Kasich talks about the latest official fatal overdose numbers from the Ohio Department of Health at a Statehouse press conference.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Health Department puts the official death toll last year from accidential drug overdoses at 4,854 people. That’s more than 13 people a day, and a 20 percent increase over 2016. However Gov. John Kasich says there is good news in those numbers.

Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

Buying The Columbus Dispatch at a newsstand will cost you double what it did last year. 

Ohio Gov. John Kasich
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

Gov. John Kasich is sounding off about a report over the weekend saying that his job creation record for the last two years is only slightly better than that of his Democratic predecessor, Ted Strickland.

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Aaron Portzline had his dream job. The Mount Vernon native and Ohio State University alum traveled with the Columbus Blue Jackets as he covered the team for The Columbus Dispatch, a paper he joined as a part-time employee at the age of 18.

Now he’s leaving the 146-year-old newspaper for a startup website that’s trying to reinvent local sports coverage.

The Columbus Dispatch is suing a coroner for autopsy records in the slayings of eight people from a southern Ohio family.

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