In this episode, host Dan Skinner (@danielrskinner) interviewed Bill and Jackie Ayars, co-founders of the Emerald Jenny Foundation. You can read all about the Emerald Jenny Foundation, their mission, as well as the life and legacy of Jennifer Emerald Ayars, at https://www.emeraldjennyfoundation.org. You can follow the foundation on Twitter at @emeraldjennyfdn. We also mentioned the website that Dan and his colleague, Berkeley Franz, developed (with support from the Ohio Humanities Council), which you can visit at notfarfromme.org.
In our news round-up we discussed:
- The consequences of a federal gag rule in Title X funding, which could affect Planned Parenthood’s ability to provide care to 100,000 Ohio women. To read more, check out this Dispatch article.
- The new data on overdose death rates in Ohio that showed an overall decrease of more than 22%, while in some counties (like Franklin county) the overdose death rate actually went up.
- The closing of the Youngstown Vindicator, with a special nod to healthcare beat reporter, Bill Alcorn. Dan gave a special shout out to reporter Jessica Hardin, whose article on ambulances in Mahoning Valley is not only an example of local healthcare journalism at its best, but a glimpse of what Ohio will miss in the Vindy’s absence. Also, special thanks to the Center for Community Solutions for supporting Hardin’s work by providing her with a Health and Human Services Journalism Grant.
Produced by Dan Skinner, Kyle Rosenberger, and Mark Frantz
Editorial support and show notes by Jory Gomes
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