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Jess Mador

Managing Editor, Economics Reporter

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.

Members of the West Dayton Clergy Community Coalition, from left: Robert Jones, David K. Greer, Rev. Rockney Carter, Bishop Richard Cox and Richard Clay Dixon.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A coalition of West Dayton religious leaders and activists says it's considering a lawsuit to block Premier Health from closing Good Samaritan Hospital. The decades-old hospital is slated to close its doors for good July 23. The emergency department will close at noon July 19.

Premier officials maintain the hospital’s operation is no longer financially sustainable. The health system is moving forward with plans to shutter and demolish the medical center.

Immigration protest draws large crowd in Dayton
Robert Pieper / WYSO

Around 1200 people rallied Saturday in downtown Dayton against the Trump administration's controversial separation and detention of immigrant families at the United States-Mexico border.

The protest, organized by a coalition of activisit groups including Dayton Indivisable For All (DIFA) and Organizing for Action (OFA), was one of more than 700 “Families Belong Together” immigration rallies held nationwide on Saturday, and the second immigration protest to be held in Dayton in June.

Demonstrators at a 2010 protest in Washington D.C. demanding immigration reform. Several efforts since have failed in Congress.
Nevele Otseog / Flickr/Creative Commons

Many of the more than 2,300 migrant children separated from their parents at the United States-Mexico border in recent weeks under the Trump administration's “zero tolerance” policy are being relocated to temporary shelters around the country.

Dayton immigrant advocates tell WYSO, at least so far, none have arrived in the Miami Valley.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services oversees a system of more than 100 shelters in 17 states designed to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied migrant children, typically children who enter the country alone.

Republican Congressman Mike Turner is calling for more study into chemicals found in Dayton’s water supply. They’ve also been found in groundwater near more than 126 United States military installations, including Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The chemicals are the focus of a newly released government report showing they’re more dangerous than previously thought.

The city of Beavercreek is considering a permanent ban on medical marijuana. The city council is set to debate whether to move forward with a ban Monday afternoon at a work session that began at 5 p.m. No vote is expected during the work session.

The council takes up the proposed ban despite the state's previous approval of a medical marijuana dispensary slated for location within city limits.

A pallet of Pampers at the Dayton Mixing Center.
Marci Rhodes / Procter & Gamble

Ohio is located within one day’s drive of more than half the country’s population. This fact is often touted by development officials looking to boost the state’s economic profile.

It’s also a favorite talking point among many Miami Valley business leaders, who say the proximity to interstate highways gives Dayton an edge in attracting new investment.

Lawmakers and others are reacting to news a Dayton-based data and analytics firm plans to leave the Miami Valley. The multinational Teradata company employs more than 300 workers at its Miami Township headquarters.

Company officials say they notified employees Wednesday morning about the changes. Spokesperson Jennifer Donahue says the company’s headquarters move to San Diego is expected to be complete by the end of this year.

Teradata's statement reads as follows: 

Artist Jes McMillan founded the nonprofit Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton.
Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton

A Dayton artist is working on a new way to memorialize victims of the nation’s devastating opioid epidemic.

The project would create a memorial wall made of hand-cut mosaic tiles, called the  “Wall of Perseverance.”

The memorial is the brainchild of mosaic artist Jes McMillan, founder of the Mosaic Institute of Greater Dayton

Clifton "Sonny" Montgomery recently reinstated his suspended driver's license with the help of a specialized Dayton legal clinic.
Jess Mador / WYSO

A Cleveland investigation last year found driver's license suspensions disproportionately affect Ohio’s poorest communities.

Bureau of Motor Vehicles data collected by WYSO show the number of driver's license suspensions is on the rise in Montgomery County. Many are for non-driving related offenses.

West Jefferson will become home to Amazon's latest Ohio distribution center, slated to open by the end of 2019.
West Jefferson

The small village of West Jefferson will soon be home to Seattle-based tech giant Amazon’s sixth Ohio distribution center. Preparations are already underway on the massive "fulfillment center" building, slated for Route 40 between Springfield and Columbus. 

Amazon’s new, more than 850,000-square-foot, $175 million facility has been in the works for just a few months, West Jefferson officials say, and the project is moving at an accelerated pace.

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