J.D. Vance

Seven-time Oscar nominee Glenn Close made her Middletown film debut in a most unglamorous way – chain-smoking cigarettes while wearing an oversized pink T-shirt and blue printed pajama pants.

1873 guide map of Ohio

David Giffels is on a journey to understand America, and for the Akron-based writer, that starts in Ohio.  He’s traveling around the state, working on a new book in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. 

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Dan Konik

J.D. Vance, the best-selling author of “Hillbilly Elegy,” is increasingly in the spotlight with his thoughts on how the government should tackle issues that affect the working poor.

Vance’s book chronicles his early life experiences in the holler of Jackson, Ky., and the rust belt of Middletown, Ohio.

He acknowledges that poverty is an extensive and multifaceted challenge. But if he had to pick one issue, he’d start with affordable housing projects that don’t concentrate people one location.