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.

"The State of Ohio"

Things are not always as they seem, and in the past couple of years that’s been the case for both Republican and Democratic nominees. Sometimes a candidate doesn’t live up to his or her potential or misleads the party in some way. Former party leaders say that could come down to the vetting process or the lack of one. 

Cassandra McDonald

The day after the election brought a swarm of media coverage of all things Donald Trump. But another story was playing out in northeast Ohio, where the Republican nominee for an Ohio House seat outed herself to actually be a Democrat. Cassandra McDonald discusses what drove her to that decision and what she takes away from this year’s race.

Andy Chow

Ohio is outpacing most of the country in its work to bringing down the number of people who are homeless in the state. But those working with homeless Ohioans say there’s more work to do. 

Andy Chow

The House and Senate are working on bills that could essentially continue a freeze on the state’s renewable energy requirements, something Gov. John Kasich says he’s against. But there are lawmakers who say soon, the threat of the governor's veto will not be as powerful as it used to be. 

Iberdrola Renewables

The state’s top leaders are squaring off on a bill to change Ohio’s green energy policies, and the clock is ticking – a two year freeze on the state’s renewable energy standards for electric utilities expires in a few weeks. 

FirstEnergy

One of Ohio’s largest energy companies could be closing or selling all of its power plants within the next two years. 

Ohio health leaders are trying to pinpoint a variety of services to help bring down the number of infant deaths in the state every year. But dismal new statistics prove there’s still a long way to go.

Ohio Casino Control Commission)

Casino regulators are cracking down on sketchy gaming facilities that are breaking the law by trying to imitate operations such as Chuck-E-Cheese and Dave and Busters.

Andy Chow

A new report suggests a high school graduation crisis could be coming in Ohio. More than a third of the state’s high schoolers have not yet scored what they need to in order to get their diploma. Education leaders and teachers believe the clock is ticking down to that potential disaster, and are begging for help.

Karen Kasler

States around the country are working on crafting new education policies to align with the federal plan known as the Every Student Succeeds Act. A group delivered a report to the state Board of Education on what it discovered through several public hearings.

Andy Chow

The shocking presidential win for Donald Trump changed a lot of plans on Election Day. That includes those of the last Republican in the race against him - Gov. John Kasich. 

Andy Chow

Republican President-elect Donald Trump rolled into a big electoral win by carrying crucial swing states like Ohio. Trump won the Buckeye State despite many obstacles.

Andy Chow

Ohio’s U.S. Senate race was touted as two political heavyweights between incumbent Republican Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland. But in the end Portman followed a very specific plan to victory.

Andy Chow

A year and a half of stump speeches, debates and Twitter wars all come down to this, the last day of campaigning before Election Day. And the polls in Ohio are very tight between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. The reporters of the Ohio Public Radio’s Statehouse News Bureau caught up with the Clinton and Trump campaigns to find out how they’re handling the last minute push.

Andy Chow

Many County Board of Elections officials say the early in-person voter turnout in this year’s election has been breaking records. The reporters of the Statehouse News Bureau talked to voters in two counties in Central Ohio - one run by Republicans and one dominated by Democrats. 

Andy Chow

Two longtime Ohio politicians are duking it out for your vote in the race for U.S. Senate. Republican Senator Rob Portman has held the office since 2011 but Democratic former Gov. Ted Strickland wants to take his place. In a three-part series breaking down the race issue-by-issue, here's how the candidates stand on immigration.

Politicians are making one last push to get their message out to voters in the last weekend before Election Day. For many candidates, this is when they might be running on depleted resources. But there’s one particular Ohio candidate that still has a well-stocked war chest. 

Andy Chow

Progressive Christian leaders are calling out the Republican nominee for president on an issue they think has become a very big problem in this presidential election. 

"The State of Ohio", Ohio Public TV/OGT

With less than a week to go before Election Day, several polls show Donald Trump is closing in on Hillary Clinton nationwide and even leading in Ohio. This leaves many to wonder if the FBI’s decision to reopen its investigation into Clinton is playing a role in the race.

TrumpTraders.org

This year’s presidential election pits two major party nominees with historically low unfavorable ratings against one another. This seems to be creating more than a little interest in third and minor party candidates. Now an anti-Donald Trump group is trying to create what they think is a win-win system for Ohio voters frustrated with their choices. 

State and local law enforcement has busted an alleged drug trafficking ring in Youngstown. The operation is suspected of smuggling heroin and pot into Mahoning Valley from Michigan, California and Arizona.

Andy Chow

Millennial voters are tied with Baby Boomers as the largest single group of potential voters. The Pew Research Center says there are 69 million people between 18 and 39 – that's 31% of the voting population in America. But they’re the least likely to vote. In this installment of the Statehouse News Bureau’s series featuring voices of voters, younger voters speak out about their issues – and whether they’re motivated to turn out this time. 

Andy Chow

One in three eligible American voters are people of color. Not only does this presidential election have the most ethnically and racially diverse voter base in American history, but the campaigns have been using strong, racially charged language. In the latest installment in the Statehouse News Bureau’s series featuring voices of voters, some share their perspectives on how the rhetoric has impacted them as people of color. 

Andy Chow

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges has officially announced that he will vote for his party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump. But the refusal to endorse Trump from top Ohio Republicans like Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman is still making waves. 

Andy Chow

Election Day is just two weeks away, and the hyper-partisan atmosphere seems to keep growing and growing. But there's a pair of Ohio voters who know that blood is thicker than politics – and they were together at a Donald Trump rally.

Rachel Niemi

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump visited one of Ohio’s most conservative counties to motivate his staunch supporters to go out and vote. Trump doubled down on what he said in last night's final presidential debate - that he wouldn't accept the results of the election outright.

Andy Chow

Two days after the Trump campaign sent its vice presidential candidate to Columbus, the Clinton team sent its counterpart to central Ohio to rally volunteers to go out and knock on doors for the Democratic presidential nominee. Kaine leaned on the importance of winning the Buckeye State.

Rachel Niemi

Donald Trump’s supporters in Ohio are being forced to take sides after the presidential nominee cut ties with the chair of the Ohio Republican Party. This fracture could have lasting impact after the votes are counted.

For nearly 2 years Akron based First Energy has lobbied for permission to increase fees on customer’s bills to fund infrastructure improvements. Earlier this week the Ohio Public Utilities Commission said yes.  The new fee is expected to raise $200 million dollars a year.

Andy Chow

In the fallout of Ohio’s top Republicans pulling their support of their own presidential nominee, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton visited the battleground state to try to shift momentum in her favor.

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