Karen Kasler

Ohio Public Radio and TV Statehouse Bureau Chief

Karen is a lifelong Ohioan who has served as news director at WCBE-FM, assignment editor/overnight anchor at WBNS-TV, and afternoon drive anchor/assignment editor in WTAM-AM in Cleveland. In addition to her daily reporting for Ohio’s public radio stations, she’s reported for NPR, the BBC, ABC Radio News and other news outlets.  She hosts and produces the Statehouse News Bureau’s weekly TV show “The State of Ohio”, which airs on PBS stations statewide. She’s also a frequent guest on WOSU TV’s “Columbus on the Record”, a regular panelist on “The Sound of Ideas” on ideastream in Cleveland, appeared on the inaugural edition of “Face the State” on WBNS-TV and occasionally reports for “PBS Newshour”. She’s often called to moderate debates, including the Columbus Metropolitan Club’s Issue 3/legal marijuana debate and its pre-primary mayoral debate, and the City Club of Cleveland’s US Senate debate in 2012.

Karen is a graduate of Otterbein College, and earned her Master’s as a Fellow in the Kiplinger Program for Mid-Career Journalists at The Ohio State University. Karen has been honored by the Associated Press, the Association of Capitol Editors and Reporters, the Cleveland Press Club/Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Ohio Valley Emmys, and holds a National Headliner Award. 

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A state hearing officer has dealt another blow to Ohio’s largest online charter school. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports it’s the latest move in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow's  ongoing battle with the state.

Before several hundred students, parents and staffers in a rally at the Statehouse, ECOT board president Andrew Brush said the school was in a fight for the future of education in Ohio.

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KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The battle between the state and its largest online charter school brought supporters of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, to the Statehouse. The crowd of hundreds of students, parents and teachers also included a well-known but rarely seen figure.

A fourth candidate has entered the race for Ohio governor. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports on the latest contender for the Democratic nomination.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is running for re-election to that post this fall. And she talks jobs and holding major drug companies accountable for the state’s opioid crisis in her campaign launch for governor next year.

Whaley is entering a crowded field, with state Sen. Joe Schiavoni, former Congresswoman Betty Sutton and former State Rep. Connie Pillich already in the race.

Photo of Gov. John Kasich.
Karen Kasler / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

While members of the House say the state budget they passed is balanced, senators are worried they’re going to have to cut as much as $400 million from it. One research group is hoping lawmakers will look at closing some tax breaks before taking an ax to state programs.

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JON HUSTED

Update 10 a.m.: Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley has now joined the Democrtaic gubernatorial race.

There are now two Republicans officially in the race for governor to start this week, with the newest candidate starting a campaign tour of Ohio today in Dayton. 

Secretary of State Jon Husted launched his campaign with a video heavy with conservative themes and partisan criticism – designed to bring in voters in what’s likely to be a four-way Republican primary next May.

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