Jo Ingles

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television 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 Ohio Public Radio/TV News 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 ONN’s “Capitol Square”. Jo also writes for respected publications such as Columbus Monthly and the 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 Correspondent’s Association, a board member for the Ohio Legislative Correspondent’s 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.

A group that wants a constitutional amendment to change some regulatons on how Ohio kidney dialysis patients receive treatment submitted signatures to be on the fall ballot yesterday. But the proposal is already facing opposition.

Protests against current immigration policies continue around the Statehouse. While the state doesn’t dictate that policy, activists say it has a lot to lose from it. 

While many Ohioans are enjoying picnics, parades and fireworks, members of a group that wants to put a proposed ballot issue before voters this fall are working to meet the July 4deadline. 

A Republican state representative has been tapped to fill a judicial seat in Montgomery County. 

Ohio’s top law enforcement official is offering two things to school districts statewide to enhance their safety plans for their buildings. The goal is to make schools safer if a school shooting occurs.

There is something millions of Ohioans take for granted that hundreds of thousands of others dream about – broadband service. All of Ohio’s major cities have it and some communities even offer it free to residents. But in some parts of Ohio, it is limited, cost prohibitive or isn’t even available. The Legislature is considering two bills that are meant to provide broadband services to areas of the state that don’t have it. But even though they have bipartisan support, the bills appear to be stalled. 

After more than a week of controversy over separating children from their parents who are illegally crossing the border from Mexico, President Trump is reportedly going to sign a temporary executive order that would keep families together. Earlier today, before that announcement, protestors crowded onto the sidewalk in front of an ICE office in Columbus. 

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Columbus on Friday, June 15, to tout the new federal tax reform plan. He’ll be met outside the Columbus Renaissance hotel with what protesters are calling the “Big LGBTQ Dance Party.”

Vice President Mike Pence is set to visit Columbus tomorrow to tout the new federal tax reform plan but there will be attention on something else outside the venue.

A new poll shows overall, nearly seven in ten Ohio voters surveyed say they are very or somewhat satisfied with the way things are going in Ohio right now. They also weighed in on issues like tariffs on Chinese products and immigration. 

A new statewide poll shows the Ohio governor’s race is a tie right now. 

The nation’s highest court has ruled Ohio can continue to maintain its voter rolls the way it currently is. 

The Ohio House has passed controversial payday loan legislation meant to close loopholes those lenders use to charge high interest rates - as a reported probe into activities involving the former Speaker and payday lending lobbyists continues. 

After two months of fighting, mostly by majority Republicans behind closed doors, the Ohio House has a new speaker. It was an unusual floor vote in that the majority couldn’t agree on a nominee. But the vote ends an impasse that stopped voting sessions in mid April when former speaker Cliff Rosenberger resigned amid an FBI inquiry. 

The state’s medical marijuana program is not going to be ready for patients on the projected start date on September 8. And there's no clear idea on when it will begin.

The Ohio House will meet for a full voting session again Wednesday. That hasn’t happened for nearly two months. But the House won’t be passing any new bills.

Clergy members and advocates for the poor from around the state converged at the Statehouse earlier this afternoon for what’s being called a “die in.” 

There’s now a clearer picture of who will be allowed to open medical marijuana dispensaries in Ohio and where they can be located. 

By the close of business, state representatives were supposed to respond to the acting speaker’s request for them to choose between two options to deal with an impasse over who will be the next Republican leader of the House. It’s likely many Democrats are not responding.

The infighting behind closed doors at the Ohio House has left the Speaker’s post vacant for weeks and has led to the stoppage of voting sessions. A veteran leader of the House gives his thoughts on what’s happening…..or isn’t happening.

The fight over who will be the speaker of the Ohio House through the end of this year continues to take a stranger turn as members try to find a replacement for former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger.  He resigned in April amid an FBI investigation into his activities. 

Advocates for low-income Ohioans continue what they are calling the “Poor People’s Protest.” And this latest one at the Statehouse culminated with some activists being removed from the premises without a struggle.

There still aren’t any voting sessions scheduled in the Ohio House this week. But the leader of majority Republicans has put forward a new way to end the impasse. Backers of the representative who’s had the most support are calling for a vote now.

A statewide committee that’s been looking at military base realignment during the past year has made some recommendations. 

Communities throughout the state are holding memorial events this weekend to remember those who have lost their lives while serving their country. A wreath was laid at the Veteran’s Plaza at the Ohio Statehouse. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles produced this audio portrait of Governor Kasich’s annual wreath-laying ceremony.

Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that will emphasize the use of technology to assist disabled Ohioans when the state evaluates their needs. 

This week marked the second in a row without a voting session in the Ohio House. All sessions were canceled because majority Republicans cannot decide on a leader to replace former House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. He resigned in April and is embroiled in an FBI investigation involving his associations with payday lending lobbyists. 

Ohio House sessions for this week have, once again, been cancelled due to controversy over who will be the next speaker. The fight that’s been brewing among majority Republicans in the House Is now affecting the business of the legislature - and is quickly becoming a campaign issue.

Voters approved an overhaul of the way Ohio’s Congressional district map will be drawn in the future. But a lawsuit has been filed in federal court against the current map, which opponents say is a result of partisan gerrymandering. 

It’s been over a week now since the Ohio House Republican Caucus failed to come up with enough votes to name a new speaker to take over for the rest of this year. House leaders say they hope to do that tomorrow.  The pressure is mounting for majority lawmakers to pick a leader soon.

"Without a speaker, the House is essentially rudderless and that is making the ability for anybody to get any type of public policy accomplished difficult to impossible." - Keith Lake, Ohio Chamber of Commerce

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