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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

What the country’s last names tell us about our changing population
 The five most frequent American surnames remained the same from 2000 to 2010, according to Census data, but more Hispanic last names have joined the list of the top 10 most frequent surnames.  The top 5 were and are:  All five of those names are mostly reported by people who identify as white or black, according to a Census Bureau...

Posted: 3 days ago

The five most frequent American surnames remained the same from 2000 to 2010, according to Census data, but more Hispanic last names have joined the list of the top 10 most frequent surnames.  The top 5 were and are:  All five of those names are mostly reported by people who identify as white or black, according to a Census Bureau...
Debate rekindled over transgender bathroom use
 The debate over whether transgender students at public schools can use the restroom aligning with their gender identity was rekindled Wednesday following a report the Trump administration is considering reversing last year’s federal guidance issued by the Obama administration. Ohio schools have grappled with implementation of the transgender...

Posted: 4 days ago

The debate over whether transgender students at public schools can use the restroom aligning with their gender identity was rekindled Wednesday following a report the Trump administration is considering reversing last year’s federal guidance issued by the Obama administration. Ohio schools have grappled with implementation of the transgender...
Bills would streamline prescription process for Ohio patients
 Ohio lawmakers are seeking greater transparency and a streamlined process for patients whose medications require step therapy — a process imposed by insurers that requires patients to try multiple approved drugs before they can access one prescribed by their doctor. The step therapy process is intended to save insurers and patients...

Posted: 4 days ago

Ohio lawmakers are seeking greater transparency and a streamlined process for patients whose medications require step therapy — a process imposed by insurers that requires patients to try multiple approved drugs before they can access one prescribed by their doctor. The step therapy process is intended to save insurers and patients...
Local mom of transgender student reacts to Trump’s policy reversal
 The mother of a Clark County transgender student said she’s disappointed that the Trump administration plans to reverse federal guidance regarding transgender student use of bathrooms. Katie Frank’s daughter Elizabeth currently uses a staff bathroom at Rolling Hills Elementary School, but it’s always been Frank’s hope...

Posted: 4 days ago

The mother of a Clark County transgender student said she’s disappointed that the Trump administration plans to reverse federal guidance regarding transgender student use of bathrooms. Katie Frank’s daughter Elizabeth currently uses a staff bathroom at Rolling Hills Elementary School, but it’s always been Frank’s hope...
BREAKING: Zika vaccine being tested in U.S.
 The National Institutes of Health has begun studying a vaccine that would provide broad protection against diseases transmitted by mosquitoes — including Zika, malaria, West Nile and dengue fever — by triggering an immune response to mosquito saliva. The study is being conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Maryland and is an...

Posted: 4 days ago

The National Institutes of Health has begun studying a vaccine that would provide broad protection against diseases transmitted by mosquitoes — including Zika, malaria, West Nile and dengue fever — by triggering an immune response to mosquito saliva. The study is being conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Maryland and is an...
Overdose death review committees created to fight opioid epidemic
 Governor John Kasich’s biennium budget calls for the creation of county overdose fatality review boards, a move aimed at giving local communities more tools to tackle the rising number of heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths. “It will help us get a greater insight into what may be causing the overdoses,” said Dan Suffoletto...

Posted: 9 days ago

Governor John Kasich’s biennium budget calls for the creation of county overdose fatality review boards, a move aimed at giving local communities more tools to tackle the rising number of heroin and fentanyl overdose deaths. “It will help us get a greater insight into what may be causing the overdoses,” said Dan Suffoletto...
Million-dollar drug keeps local woman alive
 A rare blood disorder means Lisa Gose of Middletown will have to take a drug called Soliris for the rest of her life. “Without question it saved her life,” her husband Don says. Now the Goses have to figure out how to pay for it. Soliris is one of the most expensive drugs on the planet. Lisa Gose’s condition may be rare...

Posted: 9 days ago

A rare blood disorder means Lisa Gose of Middletown will have to take a drug called Soliris for the rest of her life. “Without question it saved her life,” her husband Don says. Now the Goses have to figure out how to pay for it. Soliris is one of the most expensive drugs on the planet. Lisa Gose’s condition may be rare...
Million-dollar drug keeps local woman alive
 After she was told to prepare for the worst, a Middletown woman was given new life by medicine that is so rare — and expensive — interns aren’t allowed to handle it. Now, Lisa Gose and her husband, Don, have a new challenge: how to pay for it. In 2015, a mystery blood disorder put Lisa near death as multiple organs began...

Posted: 10 days ago

After she was told to prepare for the worst, a Middletown woman was given new life by medicine that is so rare — and expensive — interns aren’t allowed to handle it. Now, Lisa Gose and her husband, Don, have a new challenge: how to pay for it. In 2015, a mystery blood disorder put Lisa near death as multiple organs began...
Ex-pharmacy benefit manager CEO pleads guilty to paying kickbacks
 The former chief executive of a Nebraska pharmaceutical benefits manager company has pleaded guilty to making illegal kickback payments in order to obtain business from employer health plans. Douglas Pick, 57, pleaded guilty in federal court in Tyler, Texas, on Monday to making unlawful kickback payments, and his former company, Pharmaceutical...

Posted: 11 days ago

The former chief executive of a Nebraska pharmaceutical benefits manager company has pleaded guilty to making illegal kickback payments in order to obtain business from employer health plans. Douglas Pick, 57, pleaded guilty in federal court in Tyler, Texas, on Monday to making unlawful kickback payments, and his former company, Pharmaceutical...
Nearly 20K Ohioans from ‘banned’ countries
 Nearly 20,000 Ohioans were born in the seven countries that are part of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, including more than 1,600 residents of the nine-county area surrounding Dayton, according to an I-Team analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Catholic Social Services, which administers federal refugee resettlement locally, helped...

Posted: 16 days ago

Nearly 20,000 Ohioans were born in the seven countries that are part of President Donald Trump’s travel ban, including more than 1,600 residents of the nine-county area surrounding Dayton, according to an I-Team analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data. Catholic Social Services, which administers federal refugee resettlement locally, helped...
States look for solutions to growing number of aging sex offenders
 As states like Ohio deal with a growing number of aging registered sex offenders, another state is examining what to do with elderly sex offenders when they are in need of nursing home care. In Iowa, lawmakers are studying whether to establish a separate facility for sex offenders to keep them away from other nursing home residents. A Dayton...

Posted: 18 days ago

As states like Ohio deal with a growing number of aging registered sex offenders, another state is examining what to do with elderly sex offenders when they are in need of nursing home care. In Iowa, lawmakers are studying whether to establish a separate facility for sex offenders to keep them away from other nursing home residents. A Dayton...