Karen Kasler (Ohio Public Radio)

Karen Kasler is a lifelong Ohioan with a passion for broadcast reporting. She left her hometown of Lancaster for Otterbein College. As News Director at WCBE in Columbus in the 90s, she covered a variety of events, including the local impact of the Gulf War, the financial problems of the Columbus Public Schools and the trouble-ridden Ameriflora exhibition in 1992.

Karen was selected as a Fellow in the Kiplinger Master's Program for Mid-Career Journalists at The Ohio State University in 1994. After a brief stint at WBNS-TV in Columbus, she moved to Cleveland and became the afternoon drive anchor and assignment editor for WTAM-AM. Karen followed the demolition and rebuilding of Cleveland Browns Stadium, produced award-winning series on identity theft and the Y2K panic, covered the Republican National Convention in 2000 and the blackout of 2003, and reported annually from the Cleveland National Air Show each year, often going upside down in an aerobatic plane to do it. In 1999, she was a media witness to the execution of Wilford Berry, at the time the first man put to death since Ohio re-instated capital punishment. Karen frequently reported for ABC Radio News, and also co-produced an award-winning nationally-distributed documentary on the one-year anniversary of September 11, 2001, which featured her interview with Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge from the West Wing of the White House.

Since returning to Columbus, she's covered major elections and the controversies surrounding them, the "Coingate" scandal and the resignation of former Attorney General Marc Dann. She's also produced features on "green" business, STEM education, campaign ads, the elimination of the state's anti-smoking agency and a demolition derby involving farm equipment.

Each year she anchors the Bureau's live coverage of the governor's State of the State. She was a panelist for the gubernatorial and the US Senate debates in 2006 and the Attorney General's race in 2008, and has also been interviewed by NPR, by the BBC and by Brian Williams for NBC's "Nightly News".

Karen has been honored by the Association of Capitol Editors and Reporters, the Cleveland Press Club/Society of Professional Journalists, the Ohio Educational Telecommunications Commission, and holds a National Headliner Award. She's won several awards from the Ohio AP, and is a four-time winner of the AP's Best Broadcast Writing award. She was nominated for an Emmy in 2006 for hosting "The State of Ohio". She's currently the president-elect of the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters.

Karen joined the Bureau in March 2004. She’s reported for NPR, Marketplace and the Great Lakes Radio Consortium, and is a frequent guest on ONN’s “Capitol Square” , WVIZ’s “Ideas” and WOSU-TV’s “Columbus on the Record”.

Karen is also an adjunct professor at Capital University in Columbus. Karen, her husband and their son Jack live on Columbus' northeast side.

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Politics
8:04 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Certain JobsOhio Documents Not Public Record

The Ohio Supreme Court says JobsOhio can’t be compelled to produce certain documents by the state’s public records law, because state legislators specifically exempted most of JobsOhio's records from that law.

The Columbus lawyer who filed the complaint was hoping that it would result in the Ohio Supreme Court making a final ruling on the constitutionality of JobsOhio.  Victoria Ullman also worked on another suit filed by a coalition of liberal and conservative groups led by Progress Ohio. She’s a bit disappointed, but not discouraged.

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Politics
6:35 am
Wed November 27, 2013

New Poll Has Kasich Lead Over FitzGerald Shrinking

Gov. John Kasich still holds a lead over Democratic opponent Ed FitzGerald in next year's race for governor, but that lead appears to be shrinking. The latest Quinnipiac poll has Kasich at 44% to FitzGerald’s 37%, which compares to 47% to 33% in Quinnipiac’s June survey. Peter Brown conducts the poll, and says while Kasich’s lead from the June poll has been cut in half, it’s still good news for the incumbent governor.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Balanced Budget Amendment Resolution Signed

State officials gathered in Lima Monday afternoon to celebrate the signing of a resolution directed at their colleagues in Washington. The balanced budget amendment resolution demands Congress pass such a requirement or allow the state to call a Constitutional convention. Gov. John Kasich has pushed for the resolution, and says it’s a bipartisan issue.

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Statewide News
7:35 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Constitutional Modernization Commission Looking At How Districts Are Drawn

The Constitutional Modernization Commission, a panel of lawmakers and private citizens that will be asked to recommend changes to Ohio’s Constitution, is looking at the way the lines for legislative districts are drawn.

Secretary of State Jon Husted says that plan should be bipartisan and transparent to create districts that are compact and competitive. And that means lots of campaigning, political ads and robocalls.

“In the end, we’ll have more democracy. And more democracy is likely more expensive,” says Husted.

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Statewide News
8:04 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Ohio Supreme Court Hears Complicated Case That Could Have Implications For “Snowbirds”

As the weather gets colder, there are more than a few Ohioans who are right now planning their annual extended stays in Florida or other warm climates. But there's a complicated case in the Ohio Supreme Court which hopes to answer the question where a person who has two homes actually lives.

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