Your Voice Ohio


Starting a dialogue on Ohio's opioid crisis
Ohio has been one of the hardest hit states in the country when it comes to opioid abuse and fatalities.  The Ohio Media Project is spearheading a new collaboration among newspapers, television stations and radio stations, including WKSU, to change the way the epidemic is reported, combining resources to better serve our audiences.  This effort includes reporting on an area that numbers clearly show is struggling the most:  the Mahoning Valley. The goal is to not just cover the problem but present potential solutions to be considered and encourage conversation in the communities we serve.


Ways to Connect

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Ohio’s gubernatorial candidates – Mike DeWine and Richard Cordray -- have plans for improving life in Ohio. How do those plans square with what Ohioans say they need?

The candidates, campaigns and voters steeped in politics may be surprised.

The Mission

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Manufacturing is among the first sectors that get hit by a recession … and the last to battle back. So for decades, a Northeast Ohio county like Trumbull -- built on steel and autos -- has struggled even when others have recovered. Now, by accident and intention, Trumbull County is diversifying. 

Your Voice Ohio

The collapse of traditional manufacturing has hit Trumbull County as hard as any place in Ohio. Drastic cuts at the GM plant in Lordstown have many trying to figure out if the economic pummeling will continue -- and if there are alternatives.


As you drive into southwestern Trumbull County, a few yard signs still mark the battle lines over TJX -- a battle that centers on the question of whether any job is a good job.

Trumbull has lots of highways. Interstates 80 and 76 cut from the Pennsylvania line west; Route 11 ties north and south together. That’s attractive to companies like FedX, UPS and Macy’s, who have distribution centers here.

A Lack of Skilled Workers Creates Challenges in the Mahoning Valley

Oct 8, 2018
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Mahoning Valley manufacturers say a lack of workers interested and trained in skilled trades is causing workforce challenges.

Although recently exacerbated by a historically low national unemployment rate and growth in the manufacturing sector, Valley manufacturers first took note of the issue about a decade ago. Since then, a number of initiatives have been put in place to address the shortage of skilled workers.