Karen Kasler

Bureau Chief

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Contact Karen at 614/578-6375 or at kkasler@statehousenews.org.

Karen Kasler is a lifelong Ohioan. She grew up in Lancaster, attended Otterbein College in Westerville, and found her first professional break at WCBE-FM, Columbus. Karen was selected as a Fellow in the Kiplinger Program for Mid-Career Journalists at The Ohio State University in 1994. After earning her Master's Degree in that program, she worked at WBNS-TV in Columbus and then moved north to become the afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor for WTAM-AM, Cleveland. Karen followed the demolition and rebuilding of Cleveland Browns Stadium, produced award-winning series on identity theft and the Y2K panic, covered the Republican National Convention in 2000 and the blackout of 2003, and reported annually from the Cleveland National Air Show each year, often going upside down in an aerobatic plane to do it. In 1999, she was a media witness to the execution of Wilford Berry, at the time the first man put to death since Ohio re-instated capital punishment. Karen frequently reported for ABC Radio News, and also co-produced an award-winning nationally-distributed documentary on the one-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, which featured her interview with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge from the West Wing of the White House.

Since returning to Columbus, she's covered major elections and the controversies surrounding them. Each year she anchors the Bureau's live coverage of the governor's State of the State. She was a moderator for US Senate debates in 2012 and 2010, participated in several debates in 2010, and has led debates over statewide issues. She's produced features for NPR and "Marketplace", and has been interviewed by NPR, the BBC, NBC and several local and regional stations around the country. She's a regular panelist on WCPN/ideastream's "The Sound of Ideas", a frequent guest on WOSU-TV’s “Columbus on the Record” and has appeared on WBNS-TV's "Face the State".

She's been honored by the Association of Capitol Editors and Reporters, the Cleveland Press Club/Society of Professional Journalists, the Ohio Educational Telecommunications Commission, and holds a National Headliner Award. She's won several awards from the Ohio AP, and is a four-time winner of the AP's Best Broadcast Writing award. She's a three-time Emmy nominee for "The State of Ohio". She's a past president of the Ohio Associated Press, and currently on the Board of Directors for the Central Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. Karen is also a former adjunct professor at Capital University in Columbus.

Karen, her husband and their son Jack live on Columbus' northeast side.

Karen Kasler

Congress will soon vote on a bill to ban microbeads – those tiny plastic particles in toothpaste, facial scrubs, body washes and other personal care products. And there’s now a new effort to deal with them at the state level.

Karen Kasler

About 150 protestors assembled a few blocks away and marched together to the Donald Trump rally, carrying signs and chanting.

"Meet the Press", NBC News

Gov. John Kasich was back on the TV news talk show circuit this weekend, and he had a few choice words for his fellow Republican candidate Donald Trump. 

New Day for America

Republican presidential contender Donald Trump is threatening to sue his fellow candidate, Republican Gov. John Kasich. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports the news came out last night, at the end of an interesting evening…..

Friday is the national Transgender Day of Remembrance, for people who committed suicide or were killed in acts of violence against trans people. Two state lawmakers are observing it with a bill they say will help trans and LGBT teens.

Karen Kasler

The first piece of bipartisan legislation to come out of Gov. John Kasich’s task force on police action and community relations is out. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

"Saturday Night Live", NBC Universal

Gov. John Kasich has pushed back again against Donald Trump.

Karen Kasler

Lawmakers in the Ohio House approved a resolution urging President Obama to stop the resettlement of Syrian refugees in the US.

Republican Rep. Tim Derickson (R-Oxford), who’s running for the southwest Ohio seat recently vacated by US House Speaker John Boehner, sponsored the resolution. “This resolution really is about screening, security screenings," Derickson said. "It’s not about not welcoming immigrants.”

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The multi-year project to repair the crumbling dam at Buckeye Lake State Park is moving along quickly – in fact, boats may be able to get back out on the water late next summer. But Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports some businesses say it’s not fast enough.

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Gov. John Kasich is calling for action in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

The Republican presidential candidate appeared on Fox Business Network’s “Sunday Morning Futures”, invoking a provision of the NATO treaty that he says means an attack on one member affects all members.

“I think article five ought to be implemented, which means that all NATO members would assist France as they move to protect themselves and to root out the terrorists.”

OGT

The Ohio Supreme Court says requiring convicted sex offenders to register and check in periodically with authorities is not cruel and unusual punishment.

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Ohio’s corn and ethanol industry is fighting back at ads it says are misleading and funded by "big oil".

The ad aired last week in Ohio, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and it says in part: “Mandating corn for ethanol doubles greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline over 30 years, and escalating mandates raise food costs and threaten the quality of the air we breathe. Mounting scientific evidence has revealed the inconvenient truth – increasing ethanol mandates can actually make things worse.”

Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau

A Republican Senator from northeast Ohio is trying a fourth time to get a bill passed that he says will help firefighters who got cancer while on the job. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Thirty-five states have so-called presumptive disability laws linking firefighting to cancer – and that makes it easier for firefighters with cancer who can’t work anymore to get workers’ comp and disability benefits. Sen. Tom Patton (R-Strongsville) wants Ohio to be the

Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau

Many Ohioans know there’s a marijuana legalization issue on the ballot – but most don’t know there’s an issue to change the way state lawmakers’ districts are drawn.

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The state has pushed back execution dates for a dozen condemned killers.

Karen Kasler, Statehouse News Bureau

The election of 2015 hasn’t even happened yet, but there are already suggestions that Republicans are planning way ahead.

A charter school reform bill is zooming through the legislature after months of negotiation. But a pothole has opened up, relating to how those teachers fund their retirements.

Karen Kasler

Ohio is among 31 states with the death penalty, and the state has had some high-profile problems with executions in the last few years. And some are suggesting that attitudes on the death penalty might be starting to change. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

State Route 23 south of Columbus is no road for walking. Cars whiz by along with semis, 18 wheelers and many other kinds of trucks. But walking north facing the southbound traffic was a small group, all clad in bright red t-shirts that bore the message “Stop Executions Now”.

Karen Kasler

A new law now allows access to birth records to 400,000 adoptees from around the world who were born in Ohio between 1964 and 1996. A few of them traveled from 14 states to gather in Columbus last night, to prepare to be first in line at the Ohio Department of Health on the first day of the new law.

Karen Kasler

Tonight is the first-ever championship game of the new playoff system, and it pits the Oregon Ducks against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Oregon suffered a setback in the last few days with two receivers out with an injury and a suspension, but the Ducks are still favored to win. However, there are no doubts among Buckeyes fans on who will win this game.

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