Wayne Baker

Clark County Reporter

Wayne Baker is a graduate of Yellow Springs High School and Central State University. He has worked in print media for several years covering news and sports.  Baker has coached youth basketball in the Yellow Springs school system and served on the Human Relations Commission.

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12:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

State Faces Massive Unemployment Debt

A hearing in Clark County Tuesday brought state legislators and policy advocates together to strategize on addressing Ohio's unemployment debt.
Credit Wayne Baker / WYSO

Ohio legislators are trying to figure out how to pay down almost $1.4 billion in debt to the federal government for the state's unemployment fund. Ohio's Unemployment Compensation Study Committee held a hearing in Clark County Tuesday to address concerns about the fund. 

The state borrowed lots of money from the federal government during the Great Recession to make up for shortfalls in its unemployment fund. 

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Around the Miami Valley
6:00 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Wittenberg Hosts Town Hall Forum On Race, Rights And Law Enforcement

Guest speakers at the event included Stephen Moody, Springfield Police Chief; Anthony Pettiford, Yellow Springs Police Chief; Warren Copeland, Springfield Mayor; Lori Askeland, Yellow Springs Village Council; Jim Hutchins, Wittenberg Police Chief; Denise Williams, Springfield NAACP; Gene Kelly, Clark County Sheriff; Andy Wilson, Clark County Prosecutor; and Crawford family attorneys Michael Wright and Richard Schulte.
Credit Wayne Baker

Law enforcement and public officials attended a town hall forum Monday night at Wittenberg University.  The forum was sponsored by Wittenberg Associate Professor, Julius Bailey's hip hop class, and about 200 students attending used twitter to comment about  the panel discussion, which centered around race, rights and officer involved shootings.

Front and center in Monday night’s forum—the recent deaths of two black men; 18-year-old Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Mo., and 22-year-old John Crawford, III at a Beavercreek Walmart. Both men were shot by white police officers.

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Education
8:32 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Clark State's Blondin Helps College Develop Five-Year Plan

Clark State Community College President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin has just finished her first year on the job at the school.  During the first year of her tenure, she has been busy meeting the challenge of developing ways the college can improve.

Blondin came to Springfield last July from the Ozark Campus at Arkansas Tech University to replace Karen Rafinski. She recently helped Clark State develop a five-year strategic plan designed to improve academic programs, enrollment and graduation rates. Blondin explained that a team effort was needed in order to create an effective strategy.

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Around the Miami Valley
9:46 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Rallies Held In Beavercreek Express Different Takes On Police Shooting

Hundreds protested outside the Beavercreek Walmart Saturday, demanding the Attorney General's office release video of the police shooting of John Crawford.
Credit Wayne Baker / WYSO

Two rallies were held over the weekend outside of the Beavercreek Walmart in conjunction with the death of a man inside the store, and each rally had a distinct message. On August 5, John Crawford III was shot and killed by Beavercreek police after officers responded to a 911 call alleging that Crawford was waving a weapon at people inside of the store. Crawford was later found to be carrying an air rifle of a type that is sold inside the store, and was apparently talking on the phone to his girlfriend during the shooting.

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Education
9:27 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Wilberforce University Announces Changes To Its Board Of Trustees

Mark Wilson, CEO of eVerifile, has taken over as chairman of the board of trustees of Wilberforce.

Wilberforce University has announced changes on its Board of Trustees. The leadership change is part of the school's "Force of Change" strategy to help it survive academic and fiscal problems. The Wilberforce Alumni Association and university officials say the strategy will include naming a new president and reorganizing the board of directors.

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