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.

Ohioans around the state are getting a better idea of how their local school districts fared last year. 

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The state says nearly 1,100 Ohio children become victims of human trafficking each year, and another three-thousand are at risk. Lawmakers are pushing for a new tool that they say can help in a big way in the fight against human trafficking. 

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AEP and FirstEnergy want state regulators to approve plans that allow them to hike their customers’ bills to ensure energy production and guarantee income for their struggling coal plants. But a new energy player wants to crash the party.

The state’s energy regulators are reviewing a plan that would guarantee income for two utilities that have coal plants – and it would come from increased costs on monthly electric bills. Now Ohio’s manufacturers are taking a stand against the proposal. 

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Perhaps the most controversial issue on Capitol Square to start the New Year is how to deal with unemployment benefits. There’s a bill that makes several changes but opponents say it makes employees shoulder most of the burden.

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Utilities, energy officials and environmental advocates are all debating a landmark proposition that would set the stage for the future of energy in Ohio. For the average consumer, this could mean paying hundreds of dollars more on electric bills. But at the heart of the issue is whether Ohio needs the plan to ensure reliability.

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The state is using an interactive exhibit to show people -- first-hand -- the consequences of distracted driving. 

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The state’s utility regulators are looking over a plan that would guarantee a profit for two utilities that operate coal plants by raising the price on electric bills and want to hear why certain groups are ok with it. 

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The major party presidential candidate submitted 1,175 signatures and needed 1,000 of those signatures to be valid in order to qualify. 

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State leaders started 2015 with several important issues to tackle in the energy industry. And as it turns out, as the year comes to a close, many of those questions remain unanswered. 

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State officials could soon decide if some electric utility customers will see a hike in their bills to keep coal plants running. Now Gov. John Kasich is offering his thoughts on the issue. 

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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. 

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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. 

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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