Andy Chow

Statehouse Reporter

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.

 

Andy gained his in-depth knowledge of Statehouse issues while working for Hannah News Service, an online-based news and research publication. He also participated in the Legislative Service Commission's Fellowship program as a production assistant for "The Ohio Channel."

 

Andy earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcasting at Otterbein University and took part in the Washington Semester program through American University in Washington, D.C.

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A photo of solar panels
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State regulators are holding hearings on what could be the largest solar farm in the state. Supporters say the argument is based on proving the state needs these renewable projects. 

AEP is touting its solar farm project in Highland County as a way to create thousands of jobs in Appalachia and ramp up renewable energy in Ohio.

The hearing is intended to determine if there’s a “need” for a new generation plant, which state law requires. 

A photo of Mike DeWine signing an executive order
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Gov. Mike DeWine is hitting the ground running just one day after being sworn into office. For his first event post-inauguration, DeWine is working on one of his big campaign promises.  

DeWine signed an executive order, creating an advisory commission on home visitations for pregnant women and parents of young, at-risk children.

Social workers and medical professionals go to the homes and help parents and kids maintain a healthy environment.

Photo of Gov. Mike DeWine taking oath of office
John Minchillo / Associated Press

Mike DeWine is officially Ohio’s Governor. At midnight DeWine became the 64th person to take the oath of office.

Surrounded by family and friends on his farm in Cedarville, Mike DeWine was sworn in as Governor of Ohio.

"And shall support protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America and the constitution of the state of Ohio so help me God," DeWine said.

Photo of John Kasich
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A major drug manufacturer is pumping half a million dollars into a program that helps at-risk kids in Appalachia. Gov. John Kasich is touting this donation as a major step forward but insists more must be done on the local level.

Kasich says it’s all hands on deck when it comes to helping the youth of Appalachia who often face issues of poverty and drug abuse.

He says a $500,000 donation from Pfizer will give the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio a boost but urges community members to step up and help each other.

Picture of Husted
ANDY CHOW / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

In the final days as Secretary of State, incoming Lt. Gov. Jon Husted has sent out a final round of notifications for Ohioans who are in danger of being kicked off the voter registration rolls. 

More than 275,000 people in Ohio will receive final notifications by mail, warning them that they must update or confirm their voter registration. If they don’t take action they will be removed from the voter rolls.

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