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Jess Mador

SENIOR PRODUCER AND EDITOR FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND SPECIAL PROJECTS, THE EICHELBERGER CENTER FOR COMMUNITY VOICES

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.  

Emily Mendenhall and her family employ more than 50 people at two restaurants in Dayton.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Restaurants and bars across the Miami Valley are preparing for what could be an indefinite shutdown. On Sunday in an effort to slow the spread of Coronavirus, Gov. Mike DeWine temporarily banned sitdown service.

The order allows takeout and delivery to continue. And it extends unemployment benefits to affected workers without paid leave. And many business owners in Dayton’s restaurant industry are urging workers to take advantage of the help.

Toilet paper sold quickly Thursday at a market in Yellow Springs.
Neenah Ellis / WYSO

Many Miami Valley supermarkets are seeing long lines and empty shelves amid mounting concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Earlier this week Gov. Mike DeWine ordered all public and private K-12 schools across the state to close beginning Monday for three weeks, affecting hundreds of thousands of Ohio students.

As Dayton-area families prepare for the shutdown, Oakwood Dorothy Lane Market store director Jerry Post says the chain’s more than 800 employees are working overtime to replace items as they sell out.

The Montgomery County Jail has seen a spike in the number of women behind bars due to opioid abuse and addiction-related crimes.
Courtesy of Montgomery County Sheriff's Office / WYSO

The Montgomery County Department of Job and Family Services Wednesday opened an internal investigation into the county's Children’s Services agency's handling of the Takoda Collins case.

The 10-year-old died in December amid reports of abuse and neglect, allegedly at the hands of Collins’s father Al-Mutahan McLean.

McLean and two other adults are charged with multiple counts of abuse, including assault and child endangerment. McLean is also charged with rape of a child under the age of 13.

Dayton Daily News new building in 2007
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Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley is criticizing a recent Federal Communications Commission decision approving the more than $3 billion acquisition of Cox Media by a private equity firm.

In an editorial in USA Today Thursday, Whaley and Michael Copps, a former FCC commissioner, say the deal paves the way for Dayton to lose its daily newspaper, a move proposed by the company Apollo Global Management last fall.

Fellow Kaye Jeter left retirement to work part-time leading a research project for the Dayton Metro Library.
Jess Mador / WYSO

For generations of Americans, the dream of retirement meant permanent vacation -- the chance for a hard-earned break on the beach or golf course. Now, more older Americans appear to be opting out of that dream.

The need for continued income remains a major reason for delayed retirement overall, but recent national survey data show many people over age 50 who could afford to retire are choosing not to, telling pollsters they'd opt out of retirement to pursue a passion or help their community.

Dayton Strong memorial in front of Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District.
April Laissle / WYSO

State Attorney General Dave Yost is calling for the release of the Oregon District mass shooter’s Bellbrook-Sugarcreek student records. 

Yost filed a so-called “friend-of-the-court” brief in the Ohio Supreme Court asking it to overturn an earlier lower-court decision to keep the records private.

Yost’s brief supports a coalition of news outlets that includes Cox Media Group, Scripps, WDTN, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Associated Press, The New York Times, CNN and ABC News that is suing to make the records public. 

Shortly after noon on July 19, 2018, workers stretched construction barrels and webbing across the entrance to Good Samaritan Hospital's emergency center entrance.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

The redevelopment of Northwest Dayton’s Good Samaritan Hospital took another step forward this week. Premier Health and Dayton officials have announced a new nonprofit organization and board to oversee the project. The city and Premier are also contributing a combined $30 million towards redevelopment at the 13-acre hospital campus and in the surrounding area.

After the tornado, Timothy Walker, Beth Wentz and their kids relocated to a mobile home in Clark County.
Jess Mador / WYSO

People across the Miami Valley are continuing to clean up from the Memorial Day tornadoes. Among the strongest of the outbreak’s 15 twisters was an EF4 tornado that carved a path of destruction just north of downtown Dayton.

It hit Montgomery County’s Harrison Township especially hard, leaving almost 2,000 properties damaged. Now, six months after the storm, signs of recovery are visible in the small community. But for many Northridge residents, full recovery remains a far-off dream.

Sounds of construction fill the air in Northridge.

The Bridges family drove over an hour to place nine teddy bears on the memorial in the Oregon District, one for each of the victims who lost their lives.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

More than four dozen people affected by the Dayton mass shooting have received a monetary gift from the Oregon District Tragedy Fund. The Dayton Foundation and members of a special committee overseeing the fund Monday announced the distributions, that took place last week.

The Tragedy Fund was established just hours after the mass shooting on Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019 outside Ned Peppers bar in the Oregon District. It included a total of 5,061 individual charitable gifts. As of November 13, 2019, committee members say, the fund totaled $3,822,463.01.

Thousands fill Fifth St. in the quater-mile stretch of business and entertainment venues of the Oregon District for a vigil honoring the victims of the August mass shooting.
Jerry Kenney / WYSO

A 24-year-old man accused of helping the Dayton mass shooter has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing firearms and lying on a federal firearms form.

Ethan Kollie from Kettering appeared Wednesday in Dayton Federal court.

As part of his guilty plea Kollie acknowledged lying on a United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 when purchasing a micro Draco pistol. He denied using illegal drugs when authorities say Kollie used marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms, an admission that would have prevented the sale from going through.

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