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.
Drug-pricing practice could be banned to help pay for infrastructure bill
By: Marty Schladen - July 29, 2021
Drug-pricing practice could be banned to help pay for infrastructure bill.
DeWine reaffirms support for aides, despite their roles in scandal-tainted legislation
By: Marty Schladen - July 28, 2021
One staffer waited weeks — and until after an FBI raid — to inform Gov. Mike DeWine that FirstEnergy had paid Sam Randazzo a massive sum just weeks before DeWine nominated Randazzo to be Ohio’s top utility regulator. Another staffer, while still a FirstEnergy lobbyist, founded a dark-money group that would funnel tens of millions […]
Feds and states not taking radioactivity from fracking seriously, environmental group says
By: Marty Schladen - July 27, 2021
Fracking might be an economic boon to some landowners in depressed sections of Eastern Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and much of West Virginia. But federal and state officials are doing little to protect citizens from the radiation hazards posed by the process, a new report says. For example, a solution containing substances such as Radium-226 in […]
Ohio pharmacists, care provider say program is a national model
By: Marty Schladen - July 26, 2021
DAYTON — Ziks Family Pharmacy in the historic Wright-Dunbar neighborhood here has been participating in a program that it and Dayton-based CareSource hope will serve as a national model. Now some results are in. CareSource, a Medicaid managed-care provider, for a year has been paying Ziks not just to fill prescriptions, but to do diagnostic […]
FirstEnergy admits it controlled dark money group started by DeWine aide
By: Marty Schladen - July 23, 2021
The mammoth scandal surrounding a 2019 energy bailout appeared to creep closer on Thursday to the administration of Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine. FirstEnergy said in a deferred prosecution agreement that the man DeWine appointed to lead the Public Utility Commission of Ohio took a $4.3 million payment and then acted on behalf of the Akron-based […]
Drug-pricing reform might fall victim to infrastructure negotiations
By: Marty Schladen - July 21, 2021
As lawmakers attempt to salvage a bipartisan infrastructure package, new rules intended to crack down on secretive prescription-drug transactions might fall by the wayside.
Ohio AG signs on to important pharmacy middleman case
By: Marty Schladen - July 20, 2021
Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has joined a lawsuit testing states’ power to regulate powerful middlemen who control the way prescription drugs are managed. Yost last week notified the 8th U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis that Ohio was joining 30 other states who are urging the court to uphold North Dakota laws meant […]
Ohio sent troopers, Guard to Texas border. Nobody will say where they are or what they’re doing.
By: Marty Schladen - July 19, 2021
Ohio sent troopers, Guard to the Texas border. Nobody will say where there are or what they're doing
Report: White men earn more in Ohio than any other demographic
By: Marty Schladen - July 14, 2021
It probably doesn't come as a shock that White men earn more in Ohio than women and minorities. But a report released Tuesday shows the disparities are striking. In 2019, the average non-White Ohioan made about 20% less than the average White male in the state. And the average White woman made almost a full third less, according to an analysis of U.S. Census Community Survey data conducted by Scioto Analysis, a Columbus-based economics and public policy firm.
More than a year later, no discipline for cop who pepper-sprayed journalists
By: Marty Schladen - July 12, 2021
More than a year later, no discipline for cop who pepper-sprayed journalists. Columbus police union said to be blocking investigation.
Big PBM decision undergoes its first test
By: Marty Schladen - July 9, 2021
The stakes appear to be pretty high. After a unanimous ruling in a related case in December, the U.S. Supreme Court has reopened a case regarding sweeping regulations of powerful middlemen known as pharmacy benefit managers — and 30 state attorneys general and many others are joining the fray. Pharmacy benefit managers, or PBMs, are […]