Katie Wedell

Katie Wedell is a data journalist investigating government waste, fraud and abuse as a member of the I-Team. She's won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors of Ohio. Katie has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, writing for the Dayton Daily News and Springfield News-Sun, as well as working on the cross-platform breaking news team and digital team. She's a graduate of Miami University and grew up in the Chicago area.

Latest from Katie Wedell

Drug crisis in Ohio: What solutions are making a difference?
 During a year of record deaths from drug overdoses in the Miami Valley and across Ohio, glimmers of hope also exist as organizations and local governments have begun to find solutions that might make a difference. More than 30 news organizations statewide have partnered to share those solutions and help communities think about which ones...

Posted: 5 hours ago

During a year of record deaths from drug overdoses in the Miami Valley and across Ohio, glimmers of hope also exist as organizations and local governments have begun to find solutions that might make a difference. More than 30 news organizations statewide have partnered to share those solutions and help communities think about which ones...
What happens to veterans if the government shuts down?
 Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend.  The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open. After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA  on a two-year budget...

Posted: a day ago

Vital services for veterans will not be threatened if the government shuts down this weekend.  The Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities, including the Dayton VA Medical Center, would remain open. After previous partial shutdowns caused headaches for the VA, the department lobbied Congress to fund the VA on a two-year budget...
Will a government shutdown delay my tax refund?
 One way this potential government shutdown would be different than in the past -- there’s never been a federal shutdown during tax filing season.  Nor has the government been shut down amid the implementation of a massive tax code overhaul. The Internal Revenue Service would lose an estimated 56 percent of its workforce to furloughs...

Posted: a day ago

One way this potential government shutdown would be different than in the past -- there’s never been a federal shutdown during tax filing season.  Nor has the government been shut down amid the implementation of a massive tax code overhaul. The Internal Revenue Service would lose an estimated 56 percent of its workforce to furloughs...
Government shutdown: Will I still get my mail?
 Hundreds of thousands of federal employees could be barred from working if Congress can’t agree to a  budget plan and avoid a shutdown. But the country’s more than 500,000 postal service workers won’t be among them.  Mail service will continue uninterrupted, even during a government shutdown.  That’s because...

Posted: a day ago

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees could be barred from working if Congress can’t agree to a budget plan and avoid a shutdown. But the country’s more than 500,000 postal service workers won’t be among them.  Mail service will continue uninterrupted, even during a government shutdown.  That’s because...
Could your travel plans be impacted by a government shutdown?
 The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill.  What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks? First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes  Transportation...

Posted: a day ago

The U.S. government could be headed for a shutdown after midnight on Friday if Congress does not pass a temporary spending bill.  What would a shutdown mean for those planning domestic or international travel in the coming days or weeks? First, employees deemed “essential” would remain on the job and that includes  Transportation...
Media to hold forums on Miami Valley drug crisis, examine solutions
 Local journalists who have spent years covering the escalating death toll and costly side effects of the drug crisis are looking to work together with the community to identify solutions. Your Voice Ohio is a media collaborative of more than 30 Ohio news organizations, including the Dayton Daily News, will sponsor community meetings next...

Posted: 5 days ago

Local journalists who have spent years covering the escalating death toll and costly side effects of the drug crisis are looking to work together with the community to identify solutions. Your Voice Ohio is a media collaborative of more than 30 Ohio news organizations, including the Dayton Daily News, will sponsor community meetings next...
Charter school failure could be largest in state history
 Parents of more than 1,000 students across the region are scrambling to find new schools for their children just days away from what could be the largest charter school failure in state history. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school, notified parents this week they could suspend operations Jan. 19 as they work out issues...

Posted: 8 days ago

Parents of more than 1,000 students across the region are scrambling to find new schools for their children just days away from what could be the largest charter school failure in state history. The Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, an online school, notified parents this week they could suspend operations Jan. 19 as they work out issues...
Ice cream bars recalled over listeria sold at Aldi, Kroger and Meijer
 Ice cream bars sold at Ohio Kroger and Meijer stores, among others, are being recalled for possible listeria contamination. Fieldbrook Foods Corp. first announced a limited recall of products last week, including Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars sold at Meijer stores that had a “best by” date of Nov. 20, 2018. On Tuesday, the company ...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ice cream bars sold at Ohio Kroger and Meijer stores, among others, are being recalled for possible listeria contamination. Fieldbrook Foods Corp. first announced a limited recall of products last week, including Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars sold at Meijer stores that had a “best by” date of Nov. 20, 2018. On Tuesday, the company ...
Ice cream bars recalled for Listeria sold at Kroger and Meijer
 Ice cream bars sold at Ohio Kroger and Meijer stores, among others, are being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation first announced a limited recall of products last week, including Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars sold at Meijer stores that had a “best by” date of Nov. 20, 2018. Yesterday the...

Posted: 10 days ago

Ice cream bars sold at Ohio Kroger and Meijer stores, among others, are being recalled for possible Listeria contamination. Fieldbrook Foods Corporation first announced a limited recall of products last week, including Purple Cow Orange Cream Bars sold at Meijer stores that had a “best by” date of Nov. 20, 2018. Yesterday the...
Library hosting free Narcan training
 Project DAWN, a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program, is offering free one-hour training sessions at three Dayton Metro Library locations in January and February. Naloxone is the generic name for Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  Each session will include training on recognizing...

Posted: 12 days ago

Project DAWN, a community-based overdose education and naloxone distribution program, is offering free one-hour training sessions at three Dayton Metro Library locations in January and February. Naloxone is the generic name for Narcan, a drug that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  Each session will include training on recognizing...
10 Ohio professions that require licensing: Are they needed?
 It takes nearly a year of training to become a licensed barber in Ohio, but one can become an advanced emergency medical technician — with the ability to administer narcotics — in less than six weeks. Ohio is the only state in the U.S. to license social work assistants, who are not able to do actual counseling but perform tasks...

Posted: 14 days ago

It takes nearly a year of training to become a licensed barber in Ohio, but one can become an advanced emergency medical technician — with the ability to administer narcotics — in less than six weeks. Ohio is the only state in the U.S. to license social work assistants, who are not able to do actual counseling but perform tasks...