Leila Goldstein

Morning Edition Host/Reporter

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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WYSO's Leila Goldstein went scouting for American Woodcocks in Charleston Falls Preserve.
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Every spring the American Woodcock migrates north to the moist soils throughout eastern North America. The aerial mating display of the male birds can be seen across the prairies of the Miami Valley. Last month, WYSO’s Leila Goldstein went scouting for American Woodcocks in Charleston Falls Preserve.

Nonprofits like YWCA Dayton continue to offer services to survivors of abuse during the COVID-19 health emergency.

Ohio’s Stay At Home order aims to keep people safe and prevent further spread of the coronavirus, but home is not a safe place for everyone. For those experiencing intimate partner violence or other forms of abuse, these restrictions can cause even more strain on relationships. 

Popular items during the coronavirus pandemic, including toilet paper, are hard to keep on the shelves at Dorothy Lane Market. The company has recently hired about 75 new temporary workers.
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Jennifer Woodward had just started as the head bartender at Sojourners Brewstillery, a new brewery in Centerville, when she began to hear rumblings about the coronavirus. She was not especially worried. She thought people would be stressed and would want to have a drink.

The Dayton Sewing Collaborative launched a project producing face masks for local community members during the coronavirus pandemic.
Dayton Sewing Collaborative

A week ago, the Dayton Sewing Collaborative was cancelling events and closing the doors to its studio space because of the coronavirus pandemic. That changed on Friday when the group launched a brand-new project producing face masks for the community.

More than 30 Dayton sewists are currently putting together colorful face masks at their homes. 

Cars line up to receive boxes of meals from Belmont High School. Dayton Public Schools is offereing meal pickup and delivery during the three-week coronavirus school shutdown.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

When Ashley Walters, a Dayton Public Schools parent, heard that meals could be delivered to the homes of students, she was excited. She thought it was wonderful that the school system was providing meals for children during the COVID-19 emergency and going a step further by offering delivery. Then, she tried to make a request online, and saw what looked like an error message.

“It tells me that because of an overwhelming response, or something along those lines, they have had to close down the delivery service requests,” she said.

Foodbanks are ramping up emergency food distribution during the Coronavirus crisis.
Jess Mador / WYSO

On Wednesday Governor Mike DeWine signed a proclamation authorizing the Ohio National Guard to assist food banks dealing with staffing shortages due to the coronavirus. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, along with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, had requested the assistance.  

Cars line up for drive-through COVID-19 tests at the University of Dayton Arena.
Leila Goldstein / WYSO

The University of Dayton Arena was scheduled to host the First Four today, the start of the NCAA college basketball tournament. Instead, it’s the Dayton area’s first COVID-19 testing site.

After going through a registration process, a line of cars pulled up to two testing tents, the first to rule out the flu, and the other testing for COVID-19. Only those with a physician's order and a negative flu test result are permitted to get tested for COVID-19 at the site. 

Gov. Mike DeWine announced today that all bars and restaurants in the state of Ohio will be closed beginning 9 p.m. Sunday. Carry-out and delivery will still be available, in order to not overwhelm grocery stores. 

"It's very drastic action, but we’re taking these steps to save lives," said DeWine.

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

In the latest update from the State of Ohio on the response to the coronavirus, Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton announced that there are now 26 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio. There have been seven hospitalizations and zero deaths in the state.

Governor DeWine said the increase in the number of cases was expected.

“This should not alarm people. We knew this was coming,” he said. “Many people already have this virus and are walking around in Ohio. Many people are spreading it, and many people simply do not know they have it.”

Public Health - Dayton and Montgomery County (PHDMC)
Jess Mador / WYSO

Montgomery County and Dayton officials delivered an update on Friday on what the region is doing to respond to the coronavirus crisis.

Health Commissioner Jeff Cooper said there were currently zero confirmed cases in the county, but stressed that the county knows there is already community spread in the area. State officials estimated Thursday that more than 100,000 people in Ohio already have the coronavirus. Cooper estimated that around 5,000 individuals throughout Montgomery County likely have the virus.