Ohio Public Radio


The Statehouse News Bureau was founded in 1980 to provide educational, comprehensive coverage of legislation, elections, issues and other activities surrounding the Statehouse to Ohio's public radio and television stations. To this day, the Bureau remains the only broadcast outlet dedicated to in-depth coverage of state government news and topics of statewide interest. The Bureau is funded througheTech Ohio, and is managed by ideastream

The reporters at the Bureau follow the concerns of the citizens and voters of Ohio, as well as the actions of the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Supreme Court, and other elected officials. We strive to cover statehouse news, government issues, Ohio politics, and concerns of business, culture and the arts with balance and fairness, and work to present diverse voices and points of view from the Statehouse and throughout Ohio. 

The three award-winning journalists at the bureau have more than 60 combined years of radio and television experience. They can be heard on National Public Radio and are regular contributors to Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Marketplace

Every weekday, the Statehouse News Bureau produces in-depth news reports forOhio's public radio stations. Those stories are also available on this website, either on the front page or in our archives. Weekly, the Statehouse News Bureau produces a television show from our studios in the Statehouse. The State of Ohio is an unique blend of news, interviews, talk and analysis, and is broadcast on Ohio's public television stations

The Statehouse News Bureau also produces special programming throughout the year, including the Governor's annual State of the State address to the Ohio General Assembly and a five-part year-end review. 

Ways to Connect

Ohio Public Radio

Closed-door negotiations between citizens' groups and state lawmakers over competing Congressional redistricting plans broke down last night without procuding an agreement. 

Ohio Public Radio

An Ohio Senate committee is considering a congressional redistricting plan devised by legislative leaders. 

Ohio Public Radio

Virtual reality, neural feedback and digital therapy are among five winning ideas for helping solve the opioid crisis in Ohio's global opioid technology challenge. 

Ohio Public Radio

Two Republican state lawmakers have issued apologies for disparaging remarks they made earlier this week at a roast for a departing employee earlier this week. But some lawmakers are demanding more than apologies. 

Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

A Franklin County judge has appointed an outside attorney to handle records and finances of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.

The group pushing for payday lending reform is taking their fight to Ohio voters.

Ohio Legislature

More allegations of inappropriate sexual comments by state lawmakers have surfaced. 

Wall Street Journal

An environmental group and an oil and gas industry lobbying group are praising a bill approved by the Ohio House to streamline the process of capping 600 old, unused wells that lack owners.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the percentage of unionized Ohio workers increased by one-tenth of a point to 12.4 percent in 2017.  

Ohio Public Radio

Two Republican state lawmakers want to put six different issues before voters that would make Ohio a so-called "right to work" state and eliminate the prevailing wage. 

Ohio Public Radio

Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to change the congressional redistricting process are opposing a competing plan from state lawmakers.

Former Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich  officially launched his gubernatorial campaign Wednesday during a stop in Middleburg Heights.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio is indicating he's open to a Republic plan for a short-term spending bill, one that does not include a fix for the nation's nearly 700,00 "Dreamers".

A new poll by a clean energy group could change the debate over the issue at the Statehouse during this election season.

A bill designed to help protect victims of dating violence that lawmakers said was a high priority is on its way to the Ohio Senate.

Ohio Public Radio

State data shows overdoses from opioids – including heroin and fentanyl – are killing at least nine people a day.

The annual statewide Martin Luther King Junior oratory contest brought out some strong words from its student winners.

Ohio Public Radio

State lawmakers have released their congressional redistricting plan.

The Ohio Board of Education on Tuesday voted to allow the classes of 2019 and 2020 the same alternative options for earning a high school diploma as this year's seniors.

An associate of white nationalist Richard Spencer is suing the University of Cincinnati over fees for his upcoming speech.

Democratic Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill has selected a running mate in his gubernatorial bid.

Ohio Public Radio

The state budget office's forecasts of monthly tax collections continue to be close to reality, according to  the totals from the first six months of the fiscal year.

Jo Ingles

Ohio Lottery officials report brisk sales at the state’s Mega Millions and Powerball retailers right now. 

Statehouse News Bureau

The Republican front runner for the U.S. Senate race against incumbent Democrat Sherrod Brown is dropping out of the race. 

Ohio Public Radio

President Trump  has disbanded the commission he created to investigate the casting of what he claimed were millions of fraudulent votes in the 2016 election.

Ohio Public Radio

The U.S. Attorney General has rescinded an Obama Administration policy that made is possible for legal marijuana to become a reality in some states.

Schiavoni campaign

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Joe Schiavoni has selected Ohio Board of Education member Stephanie Dodd as his running mate.

Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Highway Patrol says troopers will target impaired driving and seatbelt use this year after an increase in traffic deaths in 2017.

Dan Konik

This was a budget year, and there was a looming deficit lawmakers had to deal with.


A provision in the new federal tax bill has many environmental advocates concerned. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.