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The Ohio Capital Journal is a hard-hitting, independent, nonprofit news organization dedicated to connecting Ohioans to their state government and its impact on their lives. The Capital Journal combines Ohio state government coverage with relentless investigative journalism, deep dives into the consequences of policy, political insight, and principled, progressive commentary.

All those cheesy journalism aphorisms about reporters being the eyes and ears of the people in the halls of power? We believe them, deeply. 

We also deeply believe in sharing the stories of people outside the halls of power, connecting the actions of state leaders to their impacts on Ohioans.

The Capital Journal is free of advertising and free to readers. 

Ohio Capital Journal articles, graphics, and commentary are also free to republish. In fact, we welcome and encourage it! Please adhere to the following guidelines, and let us know if you republish our stories:

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▪ While making changes to account for in-house style is perfectly fine, more substantial changes should be noted as additional and conducted by your publication.

▪ You can publish our photos and graphics with the stories with which they originally appeared. For any other uses, you must seek permission from us at [email protected]

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*Thanks to the Colorado Independent and Texas Tribune for use of their guideline templates.

The Ohio Capital Journal is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers.

The Ohio Capital Journal retains editorial independence.

Read our ethics policy here; read our privacy policy here.


All posts by David DeWitt

David C. DeWitt is an award-winning journalist with over 15 years experience covering Ohio politics and policy, including covering education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, government, business, labor, energy, environment, and social issues. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS, and Plunderbund.com. His work has also appeared in Government Executive, the Columbus Dispatch, Girlfriends magazine, Bleacher Report, and the Ashtabula Star Beacon, among others.

All posts by Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

All posts by Tyler Buchanan

Tyler Buchanan is an award-winning journalist who has covered Ohio politics and government for the past decade. A Bellevue native and graduate of Bowling Green State University, he most recently spent 6 1/2 years as a reporter and editor of The Athens Messenger and Vinton-Jackson Courier newspapers. He is a member of the BG News Alumni Society Board and was a 2019 fellow in the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism. 

All posts by Jake Zuckerman

Jake Zuckerman is a statehouse reporter. He spent three years chronicling the West Virginia Legislature for The Charleston Gazette-Mail after covering cops and courts for The Northern Virginia Daily.

All posts by Marty Schladen

Marty Schladen has been a reporter for decades, working in Indiana, Texas and other places before returning to his native Ohio to work at The Columbus Dispatch in 2017. He's won state and national journalism awards for investigations into utility regulation, public corruption, the environment, prescription drug spending and other matters.

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