Jo Ingles

Journalist/Producer

Contact Jo Ingles at jingles@statehousenews.org.

Jo Ingles covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.

After working for more than a decade at WOSU-AM, Jo was hired by the Bureau in 1999. Her work has been featured on national networks such as National Public Radio, Marketplace, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium and the BBC. She is often a guest on radio talk shows heard on Ohio’s public radio stations. In addition, she’s a regular guest on WOSU-TV’s “Columbus on the Record” and WBNS-TV's "Face the State". Jo also writes for respected publications such as Columbus Monthly and Reuters News Service.

She has won many awards for her work across all of those platforms. She is currently the president of the Ohio Radio and TV Correspondents Association, a board member for the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association and a board member for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters. Jo also works as the Media Adviser for the Ohio Wesleyan University Transcript newspaper and OWU radio.

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Statenouse News Bureau

The vice chairman of President Trump’s Commission on Election Integrity has sent a letter to all 50 states, asking for registered voters’ names, birthdays, political affiliations, voting history and last four digits of social security numbers. Here is how Ohio’s Secretary of State is handling this.

Columbus, Ohio
Dan Konik

Along with the overall $65 million budget, this week the state legislature also passed a $581 million budget for the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. 

Jo Ingles

State lawmakers who have vacations scheduled for the week of the Fourth of July might be putting those plans on hold. 

Jo Ingles

Now that the Ohio House and Senate has passed the proposed two-year budget, its fate now lies in the hands of Gov. John Kasich. While he is expected to sign it into law, there are some parts he might veto. And the Senate President says if that happens, it might not be the end of the story. 

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The Senate has unanimously approved a bill called “Judy’s Law.” It increases penalties and adds times onto sentences if an accelerant is used to intentionally disfigure a victim by setting that person on fire. 

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Senate passed a controversial bill that bans the abortion method most often used after 12 weeks of pregnancy. 

Jo Ingles

A bill that would a common procedure used in most second trimester abortions is on its way to the full Ohio Senate. The legislation was voted out of committee this morning/yesterday morning. But the vote didn’t come without some controversy.

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The eleven state government websites that were hacked over the weekend are back online today. The hackers had posted messages against President Trump and for the Islamic State on the websites, including Gov. John Kasich’s.

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Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office says his office is doing something it doesn’t normally do. It is asking the public for specific information in connection to the murders of eight Piketon residents a year ago.

The State of Ohio, Ohio Public Television

Some state lawmakers have been questioning how much revenue is lost as a result of a recent tax break for small businesses. One Democratic representative says an analysis of that tax cut shows it's only helping a select few Ohioans. 

Dan Konik

A group that wants a bill of victim rights in Ohio has submitted signatures to put the issue on the ballot this fall. 

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The State of Ohio, Ohio Public TV

Ohio's largest online charter school is making drastic cuts to help pay a $60 million-dollar debt to the state. Here's the latest in the battle between the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow and the Ohio Department of Education.

Statehouse News Bureau

A new analysis from the Associated Press showed Medicaid expansion accounted for 43 percent of total Ohio Medicaid spending on substance abuse and mental health treatment. Advocates for the poor worry a proposed amendment in the Senate budget to would Medicaid expansion enrollments would be a disaster for Ohio’s opioid crisis. 

Jo Ingles

An income tax break for Ohio’s small businesses in recent years is under fire from Democrats and some Republicans. They say the current budget situation shows it’s time to end that tax cut.  Gov. John Kasich is firmly rejecting those suggestions.

Jo Ingles

Some of the officers that enforce liquor laws in Ohio are being trained to fight more than illegal serving or drinking. 

Statehouse News Bureau

The state auditor is asking auditors from his office to review how the Ohio Department of Education handles disciplinary complaints. 

Jo Ingles

Just days after Republican Senators unveiled their new two-year budget with some substantial cuts, Senate Democrats presented a plan of their own. And this one is drastically different than the one that’s likely to pass the GOP controlled Senate next week. 

Jo Ingles

A national political Republican pollster says it’s too early to predict what might happen in next year’s gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. But he says his polling shows there’s a tremendous amount of restlessness among voters.

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A national Republican pollster who is conducting focus groups in Columbus this week says the shooting at a Congressional baseball team practice near Washington D.C. shows the need for politicians to speak out. 

Rotunda, Ohio Statehouse
Jo Ingles

There was a silent yet visible demonstration at the Statehouse today as a bill that would ban an abortion procedure was introduced in committee. More than a dozen women dressed as characters from a well-known dystopian novel showed up as the Senate Judiciary Committee considered the legislation.

Jo Ingles

The Senate has unveiled its version of the two-year state budget. It dedicates even more money for the state to fight the opioid epidemic and includes more money for most schools. But it also comes with spending cuts for state agencies and outright elimination of some programs.

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Jo Ingles

Ohio will be getting 700 new jobs. UnitedHealth Group will be adding those jobs at a new facility just north of Columbus.

Jo Ingles

State lawmakers are considering a new bill to reform the Bureau of Workers' Compensation. It would make key changes to the program, like reducing extended injured worker benefits for retirees. And it would also change the name of the agency.

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Jo Ingles

Members of unions representing retired school workers are taking action to make sure Ohio lawmakers don’t freeze or cut cost of living allowances in their pensions. 

Jo Ingles

A controversial abortion bill that Governor Kasich vetoed at the end of last year has been reintroduced in the Ohio legislature. 

Legislative Services Commission

The so called Christmas tree bill that was quickly passed at the end of last year has found many of its ornaments broken by a court decision. 

Jo Ingles

A bill to combat and prevent fraud against senior citizens is being considered by state lawmakers.

Attorney General Mike DeWine’s lawsuit against five drug companies is drawing mixed reactions from candidates for governor in 2018. Here's a look at what they are saying about this approach to fighting the state’s opioid crisis.

Jo Ingles

Ohio’s Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against five major drug companies that make opioids, saying they have contributed to the overdose crisis here. Ohio leads the nation in the number of opioid deaths, with more than 4000 in 2016.  

U.S. Supreme Court website

The fight over how Ohio has maintained its voter rolls has made it to the nation’s highest court. 

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