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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. 

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Wind patterns are helping spread toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie.

Ohio’s economy may be improving, but in many ways the state is still struggling nearly six years after the end of the Great Recession.

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Critics are reacting to the details in more than 10o thousand  documents related to the Ohio Department of Education’s handling of charter schools. 

A company based in Thailand plans to spend 100 million dollars to  investigate whether it can build  a petrochemical facility in Belmont County.

Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has expressed interest in becoming governor.

The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if outside sales representatives working on commission must be paid minimum wage.

A new bill in the state legislature could help encourage drug addicted pregnant women to seek help without fear of losing their babies.


Two weeks after the announcement of a big ad campaign by a conservative organization against a leading Democrat in next year’s US Senate race, environmental activists have launched ads against the incumbent Republican. 

President Obama’s announcement that Mount McKinley in Alaska will now be called Denali piqued a lot of interest in Ohio – the home state of the president for whom the summit was named nearly a century ago.


A group has submitted petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office to start the effort to allow voters to decide the fate of a proposal putting stronger term limits in the state’s constitution.

For the first time in state history, there is now a set of minimum standards for police use of deadly force and recruitment. 

Public school advocates say they have the numbers to prove the funding system for charter schools hurts public school students.


The group behind the proposed state constutitional amendment to legalize marijuana on the ballot this fall has a controversial new mascot.


Democrats on the Ohio Board of Education want an independent investigation into the resignation of the state’s charter schools chief.

The conservative policy group funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity, is holding its convention in Columbus this weekend. 

A policy group funded by the billionaire Koch Brothers is getting a jump on its weekend summit in Columbus and on the fall 2016 election for US Senate in Ohio by purchasing television ads against Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland. 

Ohio will share in a 71 million dollar settlement against a pharmaceutical company for the way it promoted two of its drugs. 

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The Ohio Ballot Board has approved the language for three issues voters will decide this fall. 

The group that will put a plan before Ohioans this fall to make marijuana legal has kicked off its campaign.

Though there’s some controversy in Ohio around energy standards and proposals, a national group calling for attention to climate change says the state has the power to shift federal policy and demand clean energy development.