Jo Ingles

Statehouse Reporter

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.

After working for more than a decade at WOSU-AM, Jo was hired by the Ohio Public Radio/TV News Bureau in 1999. Her work has been featured on national networks such as National Public Radio, Marketplace, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium and the BBC. She is often a guest on radio talk shows heard on Ohio’s public radio stations. In addition, she’s a regular guest on WOSU-TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, WOSU Radio’s “All Sides with Ann Fisher” and other radio and television shows throughout the state. Jo also writes for respected publications such as Columbus Monthly and the Reuters News Service. She has won many awards for her work across all of those platforms. She is currently the president of the Ohio Radio and TV Correspondent’s Association, a board member for the Ohio Legislative Correspondent’s Association and a board member for the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters. Jo is also the media adviser for the Ohio Wesleyan University, “Transcript” newspaper. She also teaches radio productions courses there. She lives in southern Delaware County with her husband, Roger, and two children.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Nurses from around the state rallied at the Statehouse to draw attention to a bill that isn’t getting much traction so far in the Legislature. It would mandate patient-to-nurse ratios for hospitals and nursing homes.

Janie Harvey Garner is executive director with a foundation called Show Me Your Stethoscope – a group of nurses that does mission trips to help people who need medical care. But these days, her group spends time helping nurses improve their working conditions. Harvey Garner says too many nurses are stretched way too thin.

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RICK JACKSON

A new bill in the Ohio Legislature would let city residents without access to fresh foods raise small animals for food. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles reports some lawmakers think it’s in bad taste.

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

An estimated $43 billion was spent last year on tourism in Ohio. And the state’s tourism department is hoping to increase that number even higher this year.

Gov. John Kasich says big national events held in the Buckeye State have led many families to think of Ohio as a vacation destination.

“After the convention and people saw Cleveland and they saw it in a much different way, they say to their spouse, ‘ Well honey, we are going to go on vacation. Should we go to Maui in Hawaii or should we go to Cleveland?’ and Cleveland is starting to work out.”

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JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Police say too many drivers aren't obeying the law that says motorists must move over one lane for police officers who have stopped on the side of the road. So they're backing a bill that would increase penalties for failing to comply with it.

Dayton Police Officer Byron Branch was seriously injured last year when he was alongside the road and a driver hit his car, slamming it into Branch.

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ShutterShock / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

There’s a new drug on the streets in three states, including Ohio. And the state’s top law enforcement official says it is already causing overdoses. 

Attorney General Mike DeWine says the drug is called “gray death.”

“It’s really a combination of fentanyl, heroin and what is called U47700, which is a synthetic drug,” DeWine says.

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