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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 House of Representatives

Ohio lawmakers will look over yet another measure to pull back on Governor Mike DeWine’s power to issue health orders.

Dan Konik

134,000 gig workers, independent contractors and self-employed Ohioans who have been waiting on their unemployment claims for more than a month will now get paid after a weekend of required upgrades to the processing system.

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A new bill in the Ohio Legislature would halt the collection of student and medical debt owed to state universities and hospitals.

Karen Kasler

There’s another plea deal in the federal corruption case involving Republican former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder, the former chair of the Ohio Republican Party and a utility widely believed to be Akron-based FirstEnergy.

Fraud in Ohio's unemployment system cost the state more than $330 million in the fourth quarter of last year.

Ohio Senate

The crowd in an Ohio Senate committee room drew criticism for not observing social distance and not wearing masks.


Rob Portman of is one of the 10 Republican U.S. Senators who met with President Biden this week to talk about their proposed COVID-19 relief package, which is a third the size of the one proposed by Democrats.

Dan Konik

The increase in Ohio Medicaid caseloads could have blown a hole in the new two-year state budget proposal.

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Environmental advocacy groups have asked the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to expand their investigation of a bribery scandal to include an examination of the panel's former chair.

A coalition of more than 100 unions and progressive advocacy groups is 

calling on state leaders to avoid making cuts to front-line workers serving communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio Senate

State lawmakers are starting their new session with an issue that dominated much of last year – the governor’s power to issue health orders that legislators might not like.

Dan Konik

Ohio’s k-12 schools will begin vaccinating their employees later this week.

Citing partisan gridlock in Congress, Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says he won't run for a third term in  2022.

Dan Konik

Blaming the pandemic for negatively impacting state revenue, Governor Mike DeWine has ordered budget cuts, but is restoring some of the money that was cut from K-12 and higher education last year.

Dan Konik

The U.S. Attorney in charge of investigations into both a 61 million dollar bribery scandal involving the former Ohio House Speaker and corruption on Cincinnati City Council will be leaving that job. But Ohio’s senior U.S. Senator says those aren’t reasons to keep him in that office.

Jo Ingles

Pictures of National Guard members sleeping on the floor in parking garages in Washington D.C. have been flooding the internet lately.

Ohio’s unemployment system continues to be a challenge the for thousands who say it is slow and non-responsive.

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

The transition to a Biden Administration means changes for the nation's approach to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says there's one glaring issue the state needs help with moving forward. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.  

Tim Ryan /

Dozens of people have been arrested and charged in connection with the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Including four Ohioans.

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Concerns over violent protests at the Ohio Statehouse on Sunday faded as a small number of armed but peaceful demonstrators were considerably outnumbered by Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and National Guard members during an afternoon rally.

Andy Chow

Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio has been tapped to chair the Senate Banking Committee.

Jo Ingles

The Ohio Democratic Party has a new leader.

Ohio Department of Health /

The next shipment of COVID-19 vaccines to Ohio will fall well below the number of doses needed to immunize the next eligible group.

Ohio Secretary of State

2021 brings a new mapmaking process for Ohio's state legislative and congressional districts.

Karen Kasler

State officials are not saying much about preparations for an “armed march” planned for the Ohio Statehouse and other state capitols this Sunday. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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A half-dozen people are in the running to succeed Ohio Democratic Party chair David Pepper, who resigned last month.

While they’re not scheduled to meet again this month, the new Ohio General Assembly has been sworn in.

Karen Kasler

Response from Ohio officials to today's attack on the U.S. Capitol and the Ohio Statehouse has largely condemned the violence playing out on TV and social media.   

Karen Kasler

4,856 Ohioans in nursing homes and long term care facilities have died of COVID-19, well over half of the state’s overall death total.

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says he opposes objections to certification of the electoral college results on Wednesday, though it’s expected at least five Ohio Congress members will object, along with many other Republicans.