Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben

Susan Tebben is an award-winning journalist with a decade of experience covering Ohio news, including courts and crime, Appalachian social issues, government, education, diversity and culture. She has worked for The Newark Advocate, The Glasgow (KY) Daily Times, The Athens Messenger, and WOUB Public Media. She has also had work featured on National Public Radio.

National institute gives Ohio low ranking on preschool programs

By: - August 30, 2023

A national ranking of preschool education across the country showed low marks for Ohio’s readiness when it comes to early childhood education. The National Institute for Early Education Research’s starting the school year looking at preschool offerings in each state at ages three and four, and spending per child. The institute used enrollment program data […]

Abortion rights amendment petition writers sue Ohio Ballot Board for “deceptive” summary

By: - August 28, 2023

A coalition supporting a constitutional amendment on reproductive rights will take their arguments against a “deceptive” summary approved and written by the Ohio Ballot Board to the state supreme court. Ohioans United for Reproductive Rights filed a lawsuit Monday asking the Ohio Supreme Court either to order the ballot board to use the full text […]

Ohio Redistricting Commission set to begin work again

By: - August 28, 2023

Two years on from the first attempt at congressional and statehouse redistricting in Ohio, a commission of elected officials is set to begin again next month. The Ohio Redistricting Commission announced it will meet on Sept. 13 “for organizational purposes and to begin the process of drafting a General Assembly redistricting plan,” according to an […]

Split ballot board approves reproductive rights amendment summary written by Ohio Sec. of State

By: - August 24, 2023

In a 3-2 split decision Thursday, the Ohio Ballot Board rejected using the full text of a proposed reproductive rights amendment on the ballot in November, adopting instead summary language written by the Ohio Secretary of State’s Office that was criticized for being incomplete and inaccurate. The board’s approval of the language – which is […]

Study: Shale gas boom ‘failed to deliver’ prosperity for Appalachia

By: - August 24, 2023

A new study shows Appalachian regions counting on shale gas to replace losses from the steel industry are seeing discouraging results that researchers say show an unlikely future for the field. The Ohio River Valley Institute, a Pennsylvania-based think tank, used U.S. Energy Information Administration data, along with natural gas output statistics to look at […]

Mifepristone ruling won’t change rules in Ohio

By: - August 23, 2023

An appeals court ruling doesn’t change the rules in Ohio for a medication used not only to terminate pregnancies, but also for miscarriage treatment. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last week that mifepristone could stay on the market, but that ruling will be on hold as the country awaits the U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

Abortion amendment ballot language submitted, Ballot Board set to meet Thursday

By: - August 22, 2023

Gearing up for an Ohio Ballot Board meeting where constitutional amendment language regarding reproductive health will be considered, groups pushing for the measure want to see the entire text of the amendment on November ballots. In a letter received by the Ohio Secretary of State on Monday, attorney Donald McTigue represented petitioners for the constitutional […]

Former legislators join call to action on infant mortality in Ohio

By: - August 21, 2023

Infant mortality continues to be an issue in Ohio, and two former legislators who worked to bring the problem to the forefront are urging the state to do more. Former Democratic state senator Charleta Tavares and former Republican senator Shannon Jones were a bipartisan duo who spent 2017 getting Senate Bill 332 through the General […]

Proposed Ohio abortion rights amendment gets national endorsement from Human Rights Campaign

By: - August 17, 2023

A national group has endorsed the proposed reproductive rights constitutional amendment on which Ohio voters will decide in November. Human Rights Campaign, a group known for its LGBTQIA+ advocacy work, put their support behind the ballot initiative to put abortion rights into the Ohio Constitution in an announcement this week. “Human Rights Campaign members and […]

Ohio Supreme Court sets date for arguments in abortion appeal

By: - August 11, 2023

Update 8/14/23 – The Ohio Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit attempting to block the abortion ballot initiative from heading to the November general election. ______________________________________________________________________________ The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a case regarding the indefinitely paused six-week abortion ban as it also decides whether to intervene in the November abortion ballot […]

Local, national groups praise Issue 1 defeat, buckle up for November fight

By: - August 10, 2023

They’ve finished the battle, now it’s time for the war. That’s the sentiment on both sides of the Issue 1 fight, who have now pledged to come out of the ballot measure’s defeat and move on to the abortion referendum in November. Both, unsurprisingly, expect to come out ahead. “Whether it’s reproductive rights, voting rights […]

A voter shows identification to an election judge during primary voting on May 3, 2022 in Lordstown, Ohio. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Scramble for August election brings issues to hard-working poll workers

By: - August 8, 2023

In events that election monitors said were indicative of the scramble to put together an August election rapidly, poll locations across the state had issues ranging from machine malfunctions to removed campaign signs. But the issues were largely resolved and didn’t amount to significant problems at the polls. Election watchers said the issues didn’t show […]