Leila Goldstein


Leila Goldstein is a reporter and producer for WYSO. Before coming to WYSO she interned with Marketplace where her reporting focused on business and technology, from financial tech tools for domestic workers to the hidden world of online returns. She has also interned with New Hampshire Public Radio, and has produced pieces for NPR, Wyoming Public Media, Wondery, and the Coney Island History Project.

Prior to her work in radio she taught ESOL in New York City and Banda Aceh, Indonesia. She’s a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Oberlin College. Leila grew up in Northern Virginia and has family roots in Dayton.


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Following nationwide protests of police brutality against Black people, local governments across the country are reevaluating police practices. In Dayton, the city commission has launched five working groups to address police reform which will begin meeting this month. But some local leaders who have worked on these issues for years question whether the new plan will lead to real change. 

Montgomery County Jail
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The outbreak of COVID-19 among inmates at the Montgomery County Jail has grown since the first case was reported on June 10. 

Elizabeth Early-Gainous, president of the nonprofit Early Visions, outside the site of the first African American YWCA in the U.S. on South Paul Laurence Dunbar Street. Early-Gainous was a member of the West Dayton YWCA as a child.
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The National Park Service has awarded the Dayton nonprofit Early Visions $500,000 to preserve the site of the country’s first African American YWCA. The branch originally formed in 1889 and moved into a West Dayton house on South Paul Laurence Dunbar Street, what was then Summit Street, in the early 1940s. While the branch closed in the 1970s, one childhood member has had a lifelong vision of reopening the center as a community resource for women and girls in West Dayton. 

Asia Rose Gibbs, one of the organizers of the event, led a healing circle at the Juneteenth celebration at Dayton View Park on Saturday.
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The Wesley Community Center’s annual Juneteenth festival in Dayton was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. But following the killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests against police violence toward Black people, several community leaders saw a necessity in holding the yearly celebration to commemorate the end of slavery. 

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Communities across the country are celebrating Juneteenth today. Several events are planned throughout the Dayton area this weekend.

Donald Domineck, chairman of the Dayton chapter of the New Black Panther Party, is one of the organizers of a festival in Dayton View Park this Saturday from 1p.m. to 6 p.m. He said the holiday is originally about a lack of information, and that theme is especially important this year.

Montgomery County Jail
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Another inmate at the Montgomery County jail has tested positive for COVID-19. 

The first case of COVID-19 at the jail was reported last week. Two guards have also tested positive, and two more inmates with symptoms are waiting for test results. 

At the governor's press conference Thursday, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Dr. Amy Acton is stepping down from her role as Ohio Department of Health Director.
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Dr. Amy Acton is stepping down from her role as the director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), Gov. Mike DeWine announced on Thursday. DeWine said she will now serve as his chief health advisor.

Marcy Bailey speaks to the crowd at Courthouse Square about her son Kareem Ali Nadir Jones, who was shot and killed by Columbus police officers in 2017.
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A Better Dayton Coalition organized a memorial service today at Courthouse Square in honor of George Floyd and other victims of police violence, as mourners gathered in Houston for Floyd’s funeral.

Residents march through the Oregon District on May 30 protesting the killing of George Floyd.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

From marches to vigils to die-ins, cities across the country have been holding demonstrations over the last week. Residents are protesting police brutality against Black people following the killing of George Floyd. These events will continue this weekend in communities throughout the Miami Valley.

Mayor Nan Whaley announced 5 steps the city plans to take to improve the police department.
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On Wednesday the City of Dayton announced 5 steps it will take related to the Dayton Police Department. This follows a weekend in which police officers used tear gas and pepper balls on residents protesting the death of George Floyd and police violence against Black people.