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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.

Tim Ryan agrees to debate, tours PPE factory as state party endorses

By: - February 18, 2022

Congressman Tim Ryan toured the construction of a sprawling new glove factory in Grove City Thursday to emphasize the importance of re-shoring production of critical materials like PPE. American Nitrile CEO Jacob Block says the half million square foot facility will be the largest producer of nitrile gloves in North America once it’s up and […]

Local leaders launch Broadband Access Ohio to advocate for municipal broadband services

By: - February 17, 2022

A coalition of local government officials are teaming up in a bid to protect their rights to establish municipal broadband services. In many parts of the state, high quality internet is still difficult to come by and private internet service providers aren’t lining up to fill the gap. For years now, local leaders have been […]

Whaley snags pre-primary endorsement from environmental PAC

By: - February 16, 2022

The Ohio Environmental Council Action Fund has endorsed Nan Whaley in this year’s governor’s race. The move, coming ahead of the primary election, is the first such endorsement for a statewide candidate in the organization’s history, and it marks a substantial bet on the former Dayton mayor’s gubernatorial chances. The organization emphasized opposition to HB […]

Ohio Supreme Court changes rules for guardianships

By: - February 15, 2022

The Ohio Supreme Court has issued changes to the state’s rules for guardianship set to take effect July 1. The tweaks are meant to avoid fraud and abuse by imposing new reporting and training requirements. The guardianship system, overseen by Ohio’s county probate courts, provides care for people who can’t care for themselves. But it’s […]

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Morgan Harper takes tour to Dayton

By: - February 10, 2022

About a dozen supporters packed into Third Perk Coffee in Dayton Wednesday to meet Morgan Harper, one of the Democrats running for U.S. Senate. Dion Green helped organize the event. He leads The Fudge Foundation, named after his father who was among those killed in the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton’s Oregon District. “We speak […]

Parsing the gains, losses in DeWine’s fundraising ahead of reelection bid

By: - February 8, 2022

Heading into 2018, Mike DeWine must’ve felt pretty good. The two-term state attorney general running for governor had just converted one of this biggest rivals, Secretary of State Jon Husted, into his running mate. Their combined campaign was sitting on more than $10 million. Meanwhile, his other Republican opponents were looking shaky. Try as she […]

Ohio GOP lawmakers target ‘big tech censorship’

By: - February 2, 2022

Ohio House Republicans are trying to ban so-called “big tech censorship” within state lines. The move comes as a response to social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook suspending or removing the accounts of prominent conservatives who violate their terms of service. Tuesday, opponents of the measure got a chance to speak before the House […]

Ryan officially files for U.S. Senate bid

By: - February 1, 2022

Democratic Ohio U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan visited Columbus Monday to drop off paperwork for his U.S. Senate bid.  He’s the third major candidate to submit petitions after Republicans J.D. Vance and Jane Timken. Most of the remaining candidates are set to turn in their paperwork in the next few days. Ryan’s team brought out a […]

State officials outline additional, but not all, details about Intel incentives

By: - January 31, 2022

So how long does it take for paint to dry? A week ago, just after announcing what Ohio leaders are calling the biggest economic development deal in the state’s history, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted wouldn’t say much about the incentive package that lured Intel to Ohio. The only information he shared at the time was […]

Harper and Mandel face off in Senate debate

By: - January 28, 2022

Pastor Dan Wolvin flipped a coin to decide the order of speakers. His church, North Columbus Baptist hosted a debate Thursday night between Ohio U.S. Senate candidates Morgan Harper and Josh Mandel. The pastor did the honors with a U.S. Supreme Court challenge coin — got it at the gift shop. When it landed on […]

Lawmakers approve candidate filing tweaks amid redistricting uncertainty

By: and - January 27, 2022

Ohio’s primary election, slated for May 3, is right around the corner. But Ohio has a problem. Roughly three months from election day, there’s still no certainty when it comes to boundaries for state or congressional districts. Wednesday, Ohio Senators offered their plan for candidates seeking office. Shortly after Senate passage, the House concurred. The […]

Columbus prepares to select inspector general to handle police misconduct investigations

By: - January 25, 2022

The city of Columbus is nearing a decision on a new inspector general, tasked with leading a new office investigating police misconduct and answering to the city’s civilian review board. The four finalists participated in a virtual interview of sorts last week. Pamela Davis is the former chief investigator with Detroit’s civilian oversight agency; Jacqueline […]