Nick Evans

Nick Evans

Nick Evans has spent the past seven years reporting for NPR member stations in Florida and Ohio. He got his start in Tallahassee, covering issues like redistricting, same sex marriage and medical marijuana. Since arriving in Columbus in 2018, he has covered everything from city council to football. His work on Ohio politics and local policing have been featured numerous times on NPR.

Two more polls suggest tight U.S. Senate race, strong lead for Gov. DeWine

By: - October 25, 2022

Two new polls of Ohio voters reiterate what many previous surveys have suggested. The race for U.S. Senate is neck and neck, while Gov. Mike DeWine holds a commanding lead in his reelection bid. Marist pollsters spoke with 1,240 Ohioans last week over the phone, via text or online. The margin of error for the […]

Democrat Nan Whaley goes forward with forums after DeWine refuses debates

By: - October 21, 2022

Democratic Ohio governor candidate Nan Whaley sat down on Wednesday with NBC4 anchor Colleen Marshall. It was a wide-ranging and substantive interview about Whaley’s political stances and plans for office should she win the election. But it was clearly frustrating for them both because of who wasn’t there. Gov. Mike DeWine declined the invitation to […]

Campaign notebook: Ohio U.S. Senate nominees stump in Columbus

By: - October 20, 2022

With early voting already underway and Election Day less than three weeks off, Ohio’s U.S. Senate campaigns are making every effort to get their message out to voters. Republican J.D. Vance and Democrat Tim Ryan passed through Columbus Wednesday a few hours apart. Those visits say something about their approach in the final few weeks. […]

Three takeaways from the final U.S. Senate debate

By: - October 19, 2022

Heated exchanges bookended Monday’s U.S. Senate debate in Youngstown. Democrat Tim Ryan and Republican J.D. Vance criticized one another sharply on their records and stances. Digging into those conflicts offers a glimpse into their contrasting plans for the U.S. Senate. Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, Democrats around the country have […]

Ohio’s U.S. Senate nominees clash in final debate

By: - October 18, 2022

Ohio’s U.S. Senate nominees met Monday in a contentious, final debate of the campaign. Polling has continued to show a dead heat within margins of error between Democratic candidate Tim Ryan and Republican candidate J.D. Vance, who are looking to replace outgoing Ohio U.S. Sen. Rob Portman. Outside Youngstown’s Stambaugh Auditorium, a 1920’s marble-columned behemoth, […]

Joni Ernst campaigns with Ohio GOP U.S. Senate nominee J.D. Vance

By: - October 15, 2022

J.D. Vance hit the campaign trail in Northeast Ohio with Iowa Republican U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst and a handful of down ballot GOP candidates on Thursday. His message in the final weeks of Ohio’s U.S. Senate race echoed claims from his most recent campaign ad — after 20 years in office, Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan […]

Cleveland City Council moves to ban “conversion therapy”

By: - October 13, 2022

This week the Cleveland City Council voted to ban conversion therapy within its jurisdiction. Advocates backing the initiative expect Mayor Justin Bibb to sign the legislation. The practice known as “conversion” or “reparative” therapy attempts to coerce LGBTQ people, many of them youths, into altering their sexual orientation or gender identity. The American Medical Association, […]

JD Vance and Tim Ryan

New territory and a clash in style during Ohio’s U.S. Senate debate

By: - October 11, 2022

In their first debate on Monday, U.S. Senate candidates J.D. Vance and Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan traded barbs that at times turned personal. But between the raucous GOP primary and Ryan’s decision to campaign through the summer, the candidates have articulated their positions on most of the big-ticket issues. Republican Vance has emphasized perceived threats […]

Two Ohio lawmakers want to prohibit paying people with disabilities less than minimum wage

By: - October 6, 2022

Thanks to a 2006 constitutional amendment, Ohio’s minimum wage will increase from $9.30 to $10.10 next January. Two Democratic state lawmakers want to make sure all of the state’s minimum wage workers get that raise. Under current state law, employers can pay people with disabilities less than the state’s minimum wage. When lawmakers approved the […]

Ohio Republican group urges GOP, swing voters to reject J.D. Vance

By: - October 4, 2022

With November’s election looming, a group of Republicans are hitting the campaign trail this week. But instead of stumping for the GOP, they’ll be encouraging voters to back the Democrat, Tim Ryan, in Ohio’s race for U.S. Senate. They’re working with an organization called Welcome PAC which emphasizes Democratic Party outreach to independents and “future […]

Ohio Republican congressional candidate Madison Gesiotto Gilbert files financial disclosure

By: - September 30, 2022

Republican congressional candidate Madison Gesiotto Gilbert filed her required financial disclosure this week — more than six weeks after The Ohio Capital Journal first reported it was missing. Federal law requires office holders, candidates and even certain staffers to disclose details about their finances in order to serve. For candidates those requirements kick in once […]

Health Policy Institute of Ohio argues cash bail bad for community health

By: - September 29, 2022

Researchers with the Health Policy Institute of Ohio are raising concerns about the health impacts of cash bail. This November voters will decide on a measure that could place greater emphasis on the practice. Issue 1 would direct judges in Ohio to weigh public safety when setting the dollar amount for bail. They already take […]