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Marty Schladen

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.

Ohio scrambles to adjust to vaccine “pause”

By: - April 14, 2021

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine on Tuesday said he was blindsided like everybody else when he learned that federal public health officials were advising that all states should “pause” administration of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. DeWine followed that advice and now vaccine providers are trying to pivot as quickly as they can so that […]

Conflicting corporate claims at the heart of Ohio’s blockbuster Medicaid suit

By: - April 12, 2021

Two mega-corporations appear to be claiming they did the same work for Medicaid — Ohio’s $24 billion-a-year program that provides health care to the poorest 25% of state residents.  Since the companies received at least $53 million for the work in 2017 alone, the conflicting claims could be a big problem — one with potential […]

With variants spreading, Ohio tries to reach the vaccine hesitant

By: - April 9, 2021

After months of increasing vaccination rates and declining coronavirus cases, infections are again going up in Ohio.  Gov. Mike Dewine and health officials on Thursday said the increase has put the state in a race against more-contagious variants that evolve from the “mutant swarm” that thrives so long as the virus has plenty of hosts […]

Three Ohio energy giants haven’t paid federal income taxes in three years

By: - April 7, 2021

They're making billions and they've gotten hefty subsidies from ratepayers. Yet three big energy companies doing business in Ohio haven't paid federal income tax since the 2017 Trump tax cuts, according to a new report.

Ohio AG: Clear death penalty roadblocks or get rid of it

By: - April 6, 2021

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost last week used an annual report to draw attention to the fact that 140 people are languishing on death row because Ohio’s death penalty machinery “has grown increasingly time consuming, costly and lethargic.”  Yost, a former prosecutor, might be expected to call for ways to speed up executions. But in […]

Ohio Lt. Gov. bashes China on coronavirus, won’t address Trump

By: - April 2, 2021

Ohio Lt. Gov. Jon Husted on Thursday continued to insist that in calling it the “Wuhan virus,” he was only raising questions about the Chinese government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic — not blaming the disease on Asians.  At the same time Husted, a Trump supporter, wouldn’t address the former president’s handling of the pandemic […]

After financing xenophobic campaign, FirstEnergy deplores anti-Asian bigotry

By: - April 1, 2021

There has been a terrifying surge in violence against Asians over the past year, prompting one Ohio company to take a stand on an issue it was arguably on the other side of in 2019. Meanwhile, Ohio’s lieutenant governor is digging in over comments he made last week. There has been a drumbeat of random […]

Coronavirus cases in Ohio, neighboring states might be inching back up

By: - March 30, 2021

After a disastrous January, coronavirus cases in Ohio steadily marched downward. Then in recent weeks, they hit a plateau. Now, even as greater numbers of Ohioans get vaccinated, case numbers might be inching back up. Ohio might be part of a disturbing national trend. The Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Center published a set of […]

Vaccine floods into Ohio but drop in new covid cases stalls 

By: - March 26, 2021

Ohio got even more good news on the coronavirus vaccine Thursday. But even as doses are flooding into the state, what had been a steady drop in infections has turned into a plateau. Gov. Mike DeWine announced that next week — when all Ohio adults will be eligible to be vaccinated — the state will […]

Local control, or killing renewables? Bill sparks debate

By: - March 25, 2021

A bill that would allow neighbors to block wind turbines and solar arrays in the rural corners of Ohio is sparking an intense debate over land owners’ rights and local control. Two bills are making their way through the legislature that would allow small groups of citizens to block solar and wind farms after they’re […]

Slow progress improving state vaccine website

By: - March 24, 2021

Millions of additional Ohioans are becoming eligible for a coronavirus vaccine, but the state’s website intended to help you find a shot continues not to be very useful. That’s because many of the largest vaccine providers in Ohio — such as Kroger — still have not integrated their shot-scheduling systems into the state’s. You might […]

Advocates tout an “incredible opportunity” to tamp down gerrymandering

By: - March 22, 2021

Despite all the horrors of the coronavirus pandemic, it delivered one wrinkle that some advocates believe is an unprecedented opportunity to mitigate “partisan gerrymandering.”  Ever wonder why Congress or the state legislature not only refuse to do things that have support of 70% of the public, they often turn around and do the exact opposite?  […]