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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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Ohio Governor John Kasich says he is not ready to endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Officials with Donald Trump's presidential campaign are in Cleveland this week for a briefing on Republican National Convention plans and  to offer ideas for the July event.


The Ohio Board of Education has named a former adviser to Republican and Democratic governors as the new state schools superintendent.


Saturday afternoon, the ashes of the legendary disc jockey Alan Freed are due to arrive at their final resting place in Cleveland.


A new report by the Children's Defense Fund of Ohio shows little improvement for low-income Appalachian children.

Karen Kasler

The head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is  talking about the role he hopes the agency continues to play up to and after the November  election. 

Andy Chow

A group of law enforcement and legal experts are working on when a police officer should engage a suspect in a high-speed chase? 


The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a lawsuit filed by internet retailers who say they should not have to pay the state's commercial activities tax. 


A large mass of toxic sediment at the bottom of Lake Erie could threaten the Cleveland area’s drinking water supply.

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld is endorsing the person who beat him in the March primary.

The Centers for Disease Control says teen birth rates have fallen in Ohio and across the country.

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Just a few weeks after a controversial decision that federal regulators have now overturned, the head of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio  has announced he’s quitting. 

Sixteen percent of Ohioans lived in poverty last year, and nearly a third were under the federal poverty line for at least a portion of of 2015.

Ohio Public Radio

Ohioans with health problems who want medical marijuana are starting to take sides over which plan they support.

State of Ohio

A conservative state lawmaker says he's considering drafting legislation to ban gender neutral bathrooms. 

Lawmakers are pushing for the state to take a closer look at the state report cards for school districts. But some are questioning the motive behind the review.

Ohio lawmakers are considering a measure authorizing state oversight of pharmacy technicians in an effort to overcome Ohio's drug overdose epidemic. 

Ohio doesn’t have an execution scheduled for nine months, and the state doesn’t have the lethat injection  drugs necessary to carry it out.

Ohio Public Radio

Survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence now have a free way to talk to a trained advisor at any time of day and from anywhere in Ohio. 

Gov. John Kasich gives his annual State of the State speech is likely to be a little different this year.