Jess Mador


After three and a half years as WYSO News Managing Editor, Jess Mador now works to help WYSO expand its community engagement and storytelling efforts. Mador is an award-winning public radio journalist, multimedia producer and documentarian. She previously created and led TruckBeat, a Knoxville-based health journalism project, producing audio and video stories, and live events for AIR's national Localore: Finding America initiative. Before that, Mador was a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and worked as a freelance journalist, producing stories for various public radio news and digital outlets, programs and podcasts, including for National Public Radio, American Public Media, WNYC, West Virginia Public Broadcasting and 100 Days in Appalachia. Mador has also worked in New York City film and television production, and for PBS public television programs at Oregon Public Broadcasting and Thirteen. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York.  

Grocery stores such as Kroger around the United States are using signage, plexiglass barriers and other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease COVID-19.
The Kroger Co.

The coronavirus pandemic has opened a divide between so-called “essential” workers and people who are able to work from home. The crisis is also shining a light on what some big United States retailers are doing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

In Dayton, supermarkets are taking a host of measures designed to promote social distancing and keep shelves stocked and supply chains moving. They’re capping shopper numbers, enforcing one-way aisles and socially distanced checkout lines.

But some frontline supermarket workers say they still don’t feel safe on the job.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, Governor Mike DeWine, and Lt. Governor Jon Husted
The Ohio Channel

The thousands of Ohioans whose elective procedures were postponed as a result of the state’s coronavirus outbreak will soon be able to access the treatment they need. 

At his daily briefing Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine said first priority will be given to patients awaiting surgeries.

The state announced a halt to elective procedures March 17 in hopes of preserving scarce masks, gloves and other protective equipment known as PPE that are desperately needed for health-care workers, ICU beds and other critical medical resources. 

hospital bed, coronavirus, ICU, intensive care, ventilators, health
Eye On Ohio

Even as conversations are happening around reopening the state’s economy, Gov. Mike DeWine stresses the change will be gradual. And right now, it remains critical for the state to boost its supply of COVID-19 tests and personal protective equipment known as PPE.

The ongoing uncertainty around the availability of PPE in Ohio is an added everyday stress for nurses on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Andy Chow, Ohio Statehouse News Bureau

More coronavirus testing and more protective masks will soon be available statewide as Ohio officials work to continue flattening Ohio’s COVID-19 curve. 

At his daily briefing Wednesday, Gov. Mike DeWine also announced further steps towards easing the essential businesses order.

Dozens of confirmed COVID-19 deaths have been recorded across the state in just the last few days, with confirmed cases now reported in 87 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley speaking to reporters near the site of the shooting rampage.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is calling for more federal aid to help the nation's smaller cities weather the coronavirus crisis.  Whaley is among a group of United States mayors who represent cities with fewer than half a million residents, who say the financial impacts of the pandemic could lead to widespread service reductions down the road.

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Eye On Ohio

Miami Valley hospitals could soon receive more ventilators and other emergency supplies to help in the coronavirus outbreak.

On Monday, the state Office of Budget and Management cleared the way for nearly $174 million in federal relief spending, allowing some state agencies to start using funds from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security or CARES Act.

Dr. Hemant Shah directs the Kettering Hospital COVID-19 Critical Response Team, along with the COVID-19 Critical Response Teams at Troy Medical Center and Sycamore Medical Center.
Hemant Shah / WYSO

As the United States coronavirus outbreak escalates, Ohio hospitals are taking new precautions to protect frontline health workers from unnecessary exposure to the highly infectious virus.

Doctors, nurses and other medical personnel are at especially high-risk of becoming sick with COVID-19. As the state prepares for a surge in cases, we hear from a longtime physician at the center of the crisis.

Before the coronavirus pandemic hit Ohio, Debra Howard ran the costume shop at the Human Race Theater Company in Dayton.
Debra Howard / WYSO

Gov. Mike DeWine has sounded the alarm for weeks about a dangerous shortage of masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment in Ohio. The so-called PPE is critical for protecting hospital staff, first responders and others on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, an army of volunteers is mobilizing to help meet the need, a need that’s increasing fast as health officials now recommend everyone wear cloth masks in public places where social distancing is difficult.

Dayton's annual Pride celebrations have been rescheduled to later in 2020.
Greater Dayton LGBT Center

This year’s annual LGBTQ festivities will happen later than usual as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Pride typically takes place in June in and around downtown Dayton. On Friday, organizers announced they've rescheduled Pride 2020 as a safety precaution to the weekend of August 21 instead.

FOA advocates against the stigma that often surrounds addiction
Maddie McGarvey / WYSO

Montgomery County is offering additional mental health and addiction assistance during the coronavirus Stay At Home order. The governor’s office this week extended the statewide order until May 1. And some Miami Valley mental health advocates worry prolonged social distancing could pose a special challenge for people in recovery from addiction.