Katie Wedell

Katie Wedell is a data journalist investigating government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. She's won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors of Ohio. Katie has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, writing for the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun, as well as working on the cross-platform breaking news team and digital team. She's a graduate of Miami University and grew up in the Chicago area.

Latest from Katie Wedell

DeWine: Opioid crisis is hurting the state’s economy
 As Attorney General Mike DeWine travels the state, ramping up his campaign for governor, he’s been talking about what he thinks is the number one issue facing Ohioans — jobs. But every speech and interview about jobs, he said, inevitably turns to drugs, specifically the opioid crisis that is hitting Ohio harder than most other...

Posted: 5 days ago

As Attorney General Mike DeWine travels the state, ramping up his campaign for governor, he’s been talking about what he thinks is the number one issue facing Ohioans — jobs. But every speech and interview about jobs, he said, inevitably turns to drugs, specifically the opioid crisis that is hitting Ohio harder than most other...
Ohio is only state where police are not required to report child abuse
 Anyone who works with children — including doctors, teachers, camp counselors and therapists — are required by Ohio law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to either a children services agency or police. But Ohio is the only state where police officers are not subject to the same mandated reporting laws. A Columbus lawmaker...

Posted: 6 days ago

Anyone who works with children — including doctors, teachers, camp counselors and therapists — are required by Ohio law to report suspected child abuse or neglect to either a children services agency or police. But Ohio is the only state where police officers are not subject to the same mandated reporting laws. A Columbus lawmaker...
Scam victims can apply for refunds from Western Union
 Consumers who lost money to scammers by paying money via Western Union money transfer could be eligible for a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission. RELATED: Elderly targeted more in scams The FTC reached a $586 million settlement with Western Union in January to resolve charges that the company looked the other way while scammers...

Posted: 7 days ago

Consumers who lost money to scammers by paying money via Western Union money transfer could be eligible for a refund, according to the Federal Trade Commission. RELATED: Elderly targeted more in scams The FTC reached a $586 million settlement with Western Union in January to resolve charges that the company looked the other way while scammers...
Battle brewing over changes to how issues get on Ohio ballot
 In recent years Ohioans have voted through state-wide ballot initiatives to ban smoking in public places, establish casinos in four cities and reject a proposal to give a monopoly on the growing and sale of marijuana. But after this year’s Issue 2 campaign - in which a philanthropist from California sought to change how prescription...

Posted: 7 days ago

In recent years Ohioans have voted through state-wide ballot initiatives to ban smoking in public places, establish casinos in four cities and reject a proposal to give a monopoly on the growing and sale of marijuana. But after this year’s Issue 2 campaign - in which a philanthropist from California sought to change how prescription...
Voters in Ohio Tuesday approved all but one levy aimed at child safety
 Voters approved children services levies in 12 of 13 Ohio counties Tuesday. Local levies are crucial for county agencies that work to ensure the safety of children in Ohio because those agencies get only about 10 percent of their funding from the state — the lowest percentage of any state in nation. A recent Dayton Daily News investigation...

Posted: 12 days ago

Voters approved children services levies in 12 of 13 Ohio counties Tuesday. Local levies are crucial for county agencies that work to ensure the safety of children in Ohio because those agencies get only about 10 percent of their funding from the state — the lowest percentage of any state in nation. A recent Dayton Daily News investigation...
Issue 2 trouncing won’t end debate over high drug prices
 State Issue 2 was soundly defeated, but debate over what to do about the high cost of drugs is still gathering steam. “After $90 million there’s still not one solution to the high drug prices,” said Dennis Willard, spokesman for the Yes campaign. “That’s actually kind of tragic.” State Issue 2 — would...

Posted: 12 days ago

State Issue 2 was soundly defeated, but debate over what to do about the high cost of drugs is still gathering steam. “After $90 million there’s still not one solution to the high drug prices,” said Dennis Willard, spokesman for the Yes campaign. “That’s actually kind of tragic.” State Issue 2 — would...
State Issue 2 fails big; confusion blamed
 Ohio voters soundly rejected Issue 2 on Tuesday. With  100 percent of the vote in, the prescription drug measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent.  The Associated Press called  Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party.  “Make no mistake, although this particular campaign...

Posted: 14 days ago

Ohio voters soundly rejected Issue 2 on Tuesday. With 100 percent of the vote in, the prescription drug measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent.  The Associated Press called Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party.  “Make no mistake, although this particular campaign...
What happened Tuesday?: Quick look at election highlights
 Here's a look at some of the highlights from Tuesday’s election across the region. With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, the measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent.  The Associated Press called Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party.  “Make no mistake...

Posted: 18 days ago

Here's a look at some of the highlights from Tuesday’s election across the region. With nearly 100 percent of precincts reporting, the measure failed 79 percent to 21 percent.  The Associated Press called Issue 2 as failing shortly before 8:30 p.m. and supporters then conceded at a Columbus watch party.  “Make no mistake...
Lawmakers look to make it harder for issues to be put on the ballot
 A Miami Valley lawmaker wants to make it more difficult to put issues and constitutional amendments before Ohio voters. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, introduced a joint resolution that would increase the number of signatures needed to get an item on the ballot and increase the vote total needed to pass a measure from a majority to...

Posted: 18 days ago

A Miami Valley lawmaker wants to make it more difficult to put issues and constitutional amendments before Ohio voters. State Rep. Niraj Antani, R-Miamisburg, introduced a joint resolution that would increase the number of signatures needed to get an item on the ballot and increase the vote total needed to pass a measure from a majority to...
Election 2017: Issue 2 continues to confuse, divide Ohio voters
 After millions spent on advertising across Ohio, the question is, will people have any better understanding of what the issue is about? Many voters are still expressing confusion about the prescription drug price ballot issue as Election Day looms, despite the $73 million that had been raised by supporters and proponents as of mid-October...

Posted: 18 days ago

After millions spent on advertising across Ohio, the question is, will people have any better understanding of what the issue is about? Many voters are still expressing confusion about the prescription drug price ballot issue as Election Day looms, despite the $73 million that had been raised by supporters and proponents as of mid-October...
Election 2017: Issue 2 sides make final push for Ohio voters
 By the time the final frenzy of ads both for and against Issue 2 airs this week, the two sides will have broken a record for campaign spending in Ohio. The question is, will people have any better understanding of what the issue is about? Many voters are still expressing confusion about the prescription drug price ballot issue as Election...

Posted: 18 days ago

By the time the final frenzy of ads both for and against Issue 2 airs this week, the two sides will have broken a record for campaign spending in Ohio. The question is, will people have any better understanding of what the issue is about? Many voters are still expressing confusion about the prescription drug price ballot issue as Election...