Bill Cohen (Ohio Public Radio)

Bill Cohen is now in his 40th year of news reporting for Ohio's public radio and TV stations. Over the years, he's covered hundreds of different public policy issues ...from tax hikes, budget crunches, and soaring college tuition to capitol punishment, abortion, and gay marriage. Among the most high-profile developments he's covered: the 1993 Lucasville prison riot, the long-running legal battle over school funding, dozens of elections for governor and president, and the rise and fall of political legends such as Governor James Rhodes and House Speaker Vern Riffe.

When Ohio news merits national attention, you can hear Bill's radio reports on National Public Radio programs like "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition," and on another national radio show, "Marketplace."

In addition to interviewing newsmakers on the weekly public TV show, "The State of Ohio," Bill is also an occasional guest on "Columbus on the Record" on WOSU-TV and on "Capitol Square" on the Ohio News Network. Bill's freelance reporting also appears on Stateline.org, a website that reports on state government action across the nation. Bill's reports have won numerous first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters and the Cleveland Press Club. In 2006, the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors gave him all four of its first place awards for his reporting on state government. In 2004, Bill was honored with the Carl Day Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Associated Press.

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Politics
3:12 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Ohio Voters To Decide Union Law's Fate

State Sen. Shannon Jones, who introduced Senate Bill 5, argues that if pay and benefits for government workers can be held down, schools and cities can avoid cutbacks.

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Earlier this year, Wisconsin received lots of attention after passing a law slashing the power of public employee unions.

But soon after, Ohio legislators went even further.

In March, Gov. John Kasich and Republican lawmakers pushed a sweeping plan to slash union negotiating clout. It would ban strikes by all of Ohio's 350,000 government workers, require all public employees to pay at least 15 percent of their health care premiums, and use merit to decide pay and layoffs.

Now, Ohio is getting attention because voters there will decide that law's fate on Nov. 8.

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Statewide News
4:39 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Cain Leads GOP In Poll, Still Lags Behind President Obama

A new independent poll finds Herman Cain surging and leading other contenders in Ohio for the Republican presidential nomination. That SAME poll, though, finds none of the G O P hopefuls strong enough to beat President Obama right now. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has the numbers.

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