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.
National Guard assistance to foodbanks extended into December
By: Marty Schladen - September 21, 2020
Ohio's volunteer-strapped foodbanks are getting help into December, the Ohio National Guard announced Thursday.
DeWine breaks with GOP lawmakers on prepaid mail ballots
By: Marty Schladen - September 18, 2020
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday said he did not agree with a decision by the legislature, which is controlled by his fellow Republicans, not to pay for postage on mail-in ballots.
Ohio issues highlighted in report on racial disparities in executions
By: Marty Schladen - September 16, 2020
A line can be drawn from lynchings and other gross acts of historic racial discrimination and the fact that minorities disproportionately are executed now, according to a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center.
COVID-19 lawsuit immunity won’t help economy, might increase spread, poll of economists says
By: Marty Schladen - September 15, 2020
Covid immunity won't help economy, might increase spread, poll of economists says
Fundamental questions remain as Medicaid revamps drug spending
By: Marty Schladen - September 14, 2020
The Ohio Department of Medicaid is undertaking a massive overhaul of how it pays for more than $3 billion worth of prescription drugs a year. It's planning to implement the changes by March, but so far it hasn't answered basic questions about how it will be done.
Food bank official urges people to lean on Congress for more assistance
By: Marty Schladen - September 11, 2020
Thursday was national Hunger Action Day and Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of food banks said the facilities continue to see record demand.
Consumer advocate wants to know where utility got $60M from in alleged bribery scandal
By: Marty Schladen - September 10, 2020
Ohio's official utility watchdog wants to know where Akron-based FirstEnergy got the $60 million that federal prosecutors say fueled the largest bribery scandal in Ohio history.
Ohio approved for $717M in federal pandemic unemployment supplement
By: Marty Schladen - September 9, 2020
The federal government has approved a $300-a-week supplement for unemployed Ohioans, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said on Tuesday. He added that people should start receiving the funds before the end of the month.
Ohio hospital list prices vary wildly, new report finds
By: Marty Schladen - August 28, 2020
Plan to boost hospital transparency unlikely to save money, re[port finds.
Expert warns: Ohio Medicaid poised for big trouble
By: Marty Schladen - August 27, 2020
The Ohio Department of Medicaid is not being transparent about a process meant to bring transparency to the system by which the state buys billions of dollars worth of prescription drugs each year. But what is becoming apparent as the agency belatedly follows a law requiring it to use just one pharmacy middleman, it’s actually […]
DeWine says his administration wants ideas about how to help distressed Ohioans
By: Marty Schladen - August 26, 2020
Ohio Go.v Mike DeWine says he's focused on helping low-income and minority Ohioans through coconavirus crisis.