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David DeWitt

David DeWitt

OCJ Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt has more than 15 years experience covering Ohio government, politics and policy, including education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, state and local 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. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and is a board member of the E.W. Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends. He can be found on Twitter @DC_DeWitt.

Ohio has seen an increase of nearly 12,000 uninsured children the past two years

By: - January 7, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Nearly 12,000 more uninsured children. The Columbus Dispatch’s Cathy Candisky is reporting that, “Thousands more of Ohio’s […]

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Lower-income Americans continue to be divided politically, despite their shared interests

By: - January 7, 2020

Six in 10 lower-income Americans describe the economy as fair or poor, according to a survey out from Pew Research Center last month. Majorities of upper-income and middle-income Americans say current economic conditions are excellent or good, the research showed. This seems obvious — people who are better off feel better about how well the […]

Failing charter schools look to get millions more in state money

By: - January 6, 2020

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Catching Our Eye: Millions more to failing charter schools? Cleveland.com’s Patrick O’Donnell is reporting on a loophole that “could give F-rated […]

Where can Ohioans charge their electric vehicles?

By: - January 2, 2020

As sales of electric vehicles have taken off in recent years, owners are faced with the challenge of figuring out where they can charge up. In a recent report from Pew Charitable Trusts’ Stateline news service, Ohio fell around the middle of the pack in the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, with 1,115 […]

History Thursday: The 1920 Presidential election

By: - January 2, 2020

History Thursday A hundred years ago, in 1920, Warren G. Harding was the last Ohioan to be elected president. The Republican Harding won the 1920 election over another Ohioan, Democratic Ohio Gov. James M. Cox, who had Franklin D. Roosevelt as his running mate. Cox would retire from politics after the 1920 election to focus […]

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Medical catastrophe should never mean financial ruin as well

By: - December 31, 2019

In nearly 15 years writing news, one of the most gut-wrenching, powerful stories I’ve ever covered happened three years ago this January when I interviewed Athens resident Alex Andrews less than a week after he had been shot through his kitchen window around 2 in the morning. He remembered it all, in vivid detail. He […]

States will be able to use federal opioid money to also combat meth, cocaine

By: - December 27, 2019

Federal grant money awarded to states to combat the opioid epidemic can also be used to address rising methamphetamine and cocaine use, according to language included in the final 2020 federal funding package. The Combating Meth & Cocaine Act was introduced by Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Cincinnati, and comes as law enforcement officials around […]

Ohio sets new quarterly records for oil and natural gas production

By: - December 27, 2019

During the third quarter of 2019, Ohio’s horizontal shale wells produced more than 7.2 million barrels of oil and 674 billion cubic feet of natural gas, both new state records for quarterly oil and natural gas production since quarterly reporting began in 2013. The figures released in December by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources […]

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The case against the death penalty, and why Ohio should end it

By: - December 24, 2019

Ohio continues to be unable to execute people because the pharmaceutical industry refuses to supply the necessary drugs. In fact, those companies have said they will stop selling all drugs to Ohio if any of their drugs are used in executions. On Friday, Gov. Mike DeWine delayed another execution — from February 2020 to March […]

Vaping illness, Internet access in rural Ohio and home rule

By: - December 23, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Programming note The Ohio Capital Journal will continue to be posting stories at OhioCapitalJournal.com throughout the holidays, though The […]

Christmas movies, education plans, access to health care and driving while Black

By: - December 20, 2019

Each day in our newsletter, we are highlighting stories and commentary from other media big and small throughout Ohio and the nation. If you’d like to get this feature directly to your inbox, please sign up for our newsletter here.  Friday Funday Ohio’s 2018 Libertarian candidate for governor Travis Irvine, a comedian and filmmaker, has been showing […]

Happy Holidays, don’t get scammed: Part 2, the EBT edition

By: - December 19, 2019

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services warned Thursday of a potential Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) scam involving the collection of credit card information from EBT recipients. Some SNAP recipients have been connected to a fraudulent customer service number and were asked to provide a credit card number so that they could be […]