Andy Chow

Journalist/Producer

Contact Andy at achow@statehousenews.org.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.

Andy gained his in-depth knowledge of Statehouse issues while working for Hannah News Service, an online-based news and research publication. He also participated in the Legislative Service Commission’s Fellowship program as a production assistant for “The Ohio Channel.”

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting at Otterbein University and took part in the Washington Semester program through American University in Washington, D.C.

Andy Chow

2015 was the year Ohio lawmakers worked to overhaul the charter school system while a data scrubbing scandal was playing out at the state’s department of education. 

Andy Chow

2015 was the year a collection of state lawmakers, local officials and historians took a long look at extending term limits. But opponents said average Ohioans had a different view about the idea.

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This was the year lawmakers introduced many bills to restrict abortions and grant more access to guns. As part of our "2015 in Review" series, here's a look at some of those measures that didn't make it all the way through.

After a year embroiled in scandal during which a top state education official rigged charter school evaluations, the education department has laid out the way it will evaluate sponsors going forward. 

Ohio Inspector General Report

The Ohio Department of Transportation has launched a disciplinary process after a crew dumped truckloads of polluted debris into a federally-protected waterway. 

Andy Chow

While looking back at the state’s accomplishments in 2015, Gov. John Kasich came out with a firm stance to reform redistricting both in Ohio and nationally. 

Karen Kasler

The Ohio Treasurer's searchable website tracking expenditures includes many local and state agencies, but most of the state's pension systems were missing, until now.

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The ban that forced every fair in Ohio to shut down their poultry shows this year has been lifted.

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Wednesday marked the deadline for anyone wanting to run for president in Ohio’s March primary. All the major presidential candidates from both parties have filed to run in the Ohio primary. That includes the top ten-polling GOP candidates, and Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

A deal was struck between an environmental group and a major utility that could change the future landscape of energy generation for that company. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports -- others aren’t so sure about that.

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A collection of leaders and activists from various faiths gathered to call out what they believe to be “hate talk” from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

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Brutus Buckeye, Ohio State University’s mascot, turned 50 this year. Along with the big birthday celebrations on campus, he also earned an official commendation at the Ohio Statehouse. 

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The federal government put a plan in motion to drastically cut down on carbon emissions from coal power plants. But lawmakers want to make sure Ohio’s part in that plan comes through them.

CAIR Ohio

An Islamic civil rights group in Ohio is coming out with strong language against Donald Trump’s rhetoric on the presidential campaign trail. The group says Trump is generating fear.

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A bill that’s meant to add safeguards for religious leaders has some lawmakers worried about the possible unintended consequences it could have on marriage equality. 

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A new study found a large achievement gap between wealthy school districts and districts with many economically disadvantaged students. One group says hunger has a big role to play in this problem.

Despite a new test measuring what a student has learned over the course of a school year -- a new study shows there’s still a big achievement gap between low-income school districts and wealthier ones. 

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What started as a Twitter battle has built up to be an all-out feud between presidential candidates Gov. John Kasich and Donald Trump. A campaign analyst looks at what this might signal for the future of Kasich’s run.

The proposal to change the state’s foster care age out from 18 to 21 took another step closer to reality. Lawmakers believe the change could cut down on several problems.

Ben Postlethwait

Communities have reaped the benefits of Ohio’s booming energy industry. But some local officials believe their schools are missing out on potential funds.

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There’s a new fight brewing over green energy laws. Local officials say they should have the right to decide where wind turbines can go.

Ben Postlethwait

Thousands of people flocked to Columbus to catch the Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump at his first rally in Ohio. Donald Trump used the opportunity to throw a few punches at Gov. John Kasich in front of his home crowd.

Andy Chow

A central Ohio woman was honored for the time she spends as a caregiver for her mother. She says she has an important message for Ohioans.

Andy Chow

When it comes to battling the elements of extreme weather, one group says Ohio is failing. 

Andy Chow

Ohio House Republicans agreed to send a message to the president that they want to stop accepting refugees from Syria. But it seems that the top House leader doesn’t want to completely shut the door to people in need.

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The House wants to block state-directed funding from going to groups that perform abortions, including their main target: Planned Parenthood. 

A U.S. Senate contender wants to make gun control a top issue in his race against a former governor. 

City of Columbus

Some lawmakers believe Ohio’s water quality is in danger because of a provision added to this year’s budget. 

A proposal on benefits for Ohioans who are out of work could be cut by more than half, from a maximum of 26 weeks to 12 weeks. Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow talked to a group that calls the plan "unbalanced.”

The state still owes the federal government more than $775 million that it borrowed to pay unemployment benefits during the recession. One lawmaker told Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow that she has a plan to prepare the state for the next economic downturn.

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