Jess Mador

Managing Editor, Economics Reporter

Jess Mador comes to WYSO from Knoxville NPR-station WUOT, where she created an interactive multimedia health storytelling project called TruckBeat, one of 15 projects around the country participating in AIR's Localore: #Finding America initiative. Before TruckBeat, Jess was an independent public radio journalist based in Minneapolis. She’s also worked as a staff reporter and producer at Minnesota Public Radio in the Twin Cities, and produced audio, video and web stories for a variety of other news outlets, including NPR News, APM, and PBS television stations. She has a Master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York. She loves making documentaries and telling stories at the intersection of journalism, digital and social media.

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

The city of Dayton has announced the members of a new committee tasked with helping to oversee the location and design for a permanent memorial to the victims of the Oregon District shooting rampage, which killed nine people and injured more than 30 others in a matter of seconds outside the Ned Peppers bar.

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

A specialized team at Dayton History this week began the difficult work of archiving items from a temporary memorial that sprang up at the site of the Aug. 4 mass shooting.

City officials have transported items from the ever-growing memorial that included handwritten cards, teddybears, flowers and balloons to Dayton History -- Montgomery County’s official history organization.

"The Dayton History organization joins the entire community in mourning those lost in the recent tragedy in the Oregon District," says Brady Kress.

Dave Chappelle
John Bauld from Toronto, Canada - Dave Chappelle, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=73109740

Dave Chappelle has announced a free benefit show in response to the recent Oregon District mass shooting that left nine people dead and more than 30 others injured.

The Gem City Shine show is intended to help neighborhood businesses recover after the attack, and raise money for The Dayton Foundation’s Oregon District Tragedy Fund, says the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s Sandy Gudorf.

She says the idea for the show was born after the entertainer contacted the city offering to help.

Chanelle Gilmore sought help with reentry after serving time in the Montgomery County Jail and says a counselor helped her reconnect with her children and other family members.
Jess Mador / WYSO

People returning to Dayton from incarceration will now have access to more help reentering society. Montgomery County officials Wednesday cut the ribbon on a new, dedicated Reentry Training Center offering intensive job-preparation classes and job placement, housing and other assistance.

Federal Judge Walter H. Rice of the Southern District of Ohio, says these kinds of services are shown to be highly effective in helping many ex-offenders become productive citizens.

A home in a heavily storm-damaged area of Trotwood
Jess Mador / WYSO

Homeowners and renters affected by the Memorial Day tornadoes are invited to two special recovery events this week. The so-called Housing Recovery Resource Fairs aim to connect anyone still struggling with storm-related housing issues with assistance from FEMA, the United States Small Business Administration, state and county agencies.

Hundreds of family members and friends gathered at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church to remember Thomas James McNichols.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Monday was another day of mourning for the nine people killed in the Oregon District shooting more than a week ago.

In Northwest Dayton, hundreds of family members and friends gathered at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church to remember Thomas James McNichols.

The funeral ceremony was standing-room only as friends and family took to the podium one by one to sing songs of tribute, read poems, and share their memories of McNichols. 

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

It’s been a week since a 24-year-old gunman shot and killed nine people in Dayton’s Oregon District, leaving more than two dozen other people injured.

And, the district was busy this weekend with crowds of people lining up to pay their respects at a makeshift memorial to the victims.

The sidewalk memorial of photos, flower bouquets, cards and candles outside the nightclub where the shooting happened grows bigger every day. Hanging above it is a graffiti mural reading “Dayton Strong” in red and blue bubble letters and hearts.

A truckload of shoes arrives at Corinthian Baptist Church, ready for donation to people affected by the recent tornadoes.
George Drake, Jr. / WYSO

The deadline for tornado survivors to apply for assistance through FEMA and the U.S. Small Business Administration has been extended. The new deadline to apply for disaster grants and loans is now September 3.

FEMA and SBA emergency assistance could be available to anyone living in disaster-declaration counties related to the 21 confirmed tornadoes that touched down in Western Ohio during the evening of May 27 and early morning of May 28:

Protesters call for stricter gun laws near the site of President Donald Trump's recent visit to Dayton.
Jess Mador / WYSO

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he’s moving forward with efforts to tighten gun regulations in the state. 

The Republican appeared in Dayton Thursday with Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley in the Oregon District.

Speaking near the site of a makeshift memorial to the nine people killed, and more than 30 others injured in Sunday’s shooting outside Ned Peppers Bar, Whaley told reporters she's focusing on helping her grieving city heal, and assisting Oregon District shop owners return to business as usual.  

Trump's visit drew a crowd of protesters to the street outside Miami Valley Hospital. oregon district, shooting
Jess Mador / WYSO

President Donald Trump’s visit to Dayton Wednesday sparked protests across the city. After landing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the president and first lady Melania Trump traveled to Miami Valley Hospital, where they met with survivors of last weekend’s Oregon District massacre that left nine people dead and more than two dozen others injured.   

They also met with hospital staff, first responders and some Ohio lawmakers and public officials. Throughout the president’s visit, a large crowd of people stood across the street chanting in protest.