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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.

Ohio Republicans sweep reelections of attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, and treasurer

By: - November 9, 2022

Republican incumbents won the day in races for Ohio’s attorney general, secretary of state, auditor, and treasurer, according to unofficial general election results. Attorney General Dave Yost fought back attacks for his role in the abortion ban now indefinitely blocked in Ohio, and reports of a 10-year-old rape victim who traveled out of state for […]

Ohio election protection group sees annoyances, but no major issues

By: - November 8, 2022

Election protection groups say Tuesday’s in-person voting went smoothly, save for a few incidents of “heckling” and one instance where technical difficulties caused long waits at the polls.  Other than a few “weird circumstances,” as Common Cause Ohio executive director Catherine Turcer called them, Ohioans were able to vote confidently if they chose to do […]

Voters older than 50 outpace younger voters, become ‘major deciders’ in general elections, study says

By: - November 8, 2022

Elections have seen more total voting done by voters older than 50 than younger voters, especially in midterm elections like this year’s, despite voter registrations showing a near even split. A study commissioned by the AARP Ohio showed in primary elections and  midterms, 50+ voters “comprised the preponderance of all voters in each election,” including […]

State board of ed president, husband both oppose LGBTQ inclusion in federal law

By: - November 7, 2022

Opposition to a federal policy change involving the LGBTQ community seems to be a family affair when it comes to the president of Ohio’s state board of education and her husband, who is a member of the Republican State Central Committee. Though Ohio Board of Education President Charlotte McGuire attempted to alter a resolution against […]

Attempted murder conviction vacated by Ohio Supreme Court due to statute of limitations

By: - November 4, 2022

With no authority to rewrite a statute of limitations that the Ohio Supreme Court said “works a grave injustice,” the court was forced to vacate the attempted murder conviction of a Logan County man, even with DNA evidence linking him to the crime. The state’s highest court unanimously vacated the attempted aggravated murder conviction for […]

Ohio sex education resources in demand post-Roe

By: - November 3, 2022

In a state with no consistent sex education standards, some Ohio groups are working with schools to get students the needed education, and even building programs for parents to have the tools they need to talk about it with their kids. With the fall of Roe v. Wade leading to battles over the right to […]

Ohioans speak in White House economic update on Black Americans

By: - November 3, 2022

An Ohio nonprofit leader met with White House officials and a former U.S. Congresswoman from Ohio Wednesday to talk about how Biden administration measures have impacted Black Americans. Prentiss Haney, co-executive director of the Ohio Organizing Collaborative spoke with members of President Joe Biden’s cabinet and special assistants to the president in the areas of […]

Groups with Ohio chapters file briefs in potential landmark U.S. Supreme Court redistricting case

By: - November 1, 2022

As the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to consider a redistricting case with implications that could be felt in Ohio, national groups with chapters who have fought Ohio’s unconstitutional district maps are hoping to make their mark. The League of Women Voters and their chapters from every state and the District of Columbia filed a amicus, […]

Secretary of state candidate’s request for more election observers denied

By: - October 31, 2022

An independent Ohio Secretary of State candidate who wanted a rule change regarding election observers has had her request denied by the Ohio Supreme Court. Terpsehore “Tore” Maras challenged a rule in place for Election Day, in which independent candidates are required to file with a group of fellow candidates to appoint election observers and […]

COVID-denial, election-denial not far apart, OSU researchers found

By: - October 28, 2022

You’ve probably heard of “gateway” drugs, but a group of researchers at Ohio State University say there’s such a thing as a “gateway conspiracy.” A duo of surveys done by psychology researchers and supported by the National Science Foundation seek to bolster the field of “conspiracy theory research,” which an announcement of the study said […]

Depression in Ohio higher than nation, poor mental health increasing

By: - October 27, 2022

A new study shows incidents of depression are above the national average in the Ohio, and reported suicides are up as well. Overall, the percentage of Ohioans reporting poor mental health was up, according to research from the Health Policy Institute of Ohio. “Like other areas of health, data show that access to care is […]

Supreme Court candidates talk racism, redistricting in ‘faith and freedom’ forum

By: - October 26, 2022

Democratic candidates for the Ohio Supreme Court spoke on racism in Ohio’s court system, the future of redistricting in the state, and how a constitutional amendment on bail could impact the courts in a recent forum with religious leaders. Justice Jennifer Brunner, candidate for chief justice, attended the forum along with 10th District Court of […]