Josh Sweigart

Josh Sweigart is an investigative reporter at the Dayton Daily News.  His stories have focused on government waste, fraud, abuse and accountability in southwest Ohio, as well as the statehouse and U.S. Capitol. Sweigart has won several awards for investigative reporting, including an Emmy Award and numerous awards from the Associated Press Society of Ohio and Society of Professional Journalists.   He has worked for Cox Media Group since 2007, and in addition to writing for the Dayton Daily News has covered Clark County government for the Springfield News-Sun and Butler County government for the Hamilton JournalNews and Middletown Journal. Sweigart is a graduate of Wright State University and Wayne High School in Huber Heights.  Follow Josh on Twitter: @JoshSweigart Follow the Dayton Daily News investigative team on Twitter: @DDNInvestigates on Twitter Follow the Dayton Daily News investigative team on Facebook: @DDNInvestigates

Latest from Josh Sweigart

Here’s your chance to weigh in on future of Dayton schools
 Dayton Public Schools will hold three more public town hall meetings this school year to open up dialogue with the community about how the district can improve. The events are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13, at Kiser Elementary; March 21 at Thurgood Marshall High School; and May 16 at Wright Brothers Elementary. All three events are scheduled...

Posted: 4 days ago

Dayton Public Schools will hold three more public town hall meetings this school year to open up dialogue with the community about how the district can improve. The events are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13, at Kiser Elementary; March 21 at Thurgood Marshall High School; and May 16 at Wright Brothers Elementary. All three events are scheduled...
Father charged in Pike County murders had past brushes with law
 When Billy Wagner is arraigned Tuesday in Pike County Common Pleas Court on charges he and his immediate family executed the most complex murders in Ohio history, it won’t be the first time the 47-year-old father has faced a judge. But the specter of the death penalty, if convicted, makes it the most serious. Billy Wagner and his wife...

Posted: 13 days ago

When Billy Wagner is arraigned Tuesday in Pike County Common Pleas Court on charges he and his immediate family executed the most complex murders in Ohio history, it won’t be the first time the 47-year-old father has faced a judge. But the specter of the death penalty, if convicted, makes it the most serious. Billy Wagner and his wife...
George H.W. Bush represented era of ‘decency and character’ in politics
 When George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94, the country lost a former president, lawmaker, CIA director, UN ambassador and war hero – as well as a good and decent man, according to colleagues and former opponents from across the political spectrum. “At the close of this truly great American life, let us honor his legacy...

Posted: 14 days ago

When George H.W. Bush died Friday at the age of 94, the country lost a former president, lawmaker, CIA director, UN ambassador and war hero – as well as a good and decent man, according to colleagues and former opponents from across the political spectrum. “At the close of this truly great American life, let us honor his legacy...
Rauch was ordered repeatedly to clean up unauthorized waste
 Montgomery County health officials accused Steve Rauch of improperly disposing of trash in a licensed landfill and cattle farm he owns in 2016 — two years before he was charged this week with felony counts of illegal dumping, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. A large pile of industrial safety glass from Fuyao Glass America was...

Posted: 14 days ago

Montgomery County health officials accused Steve Rauch of improperly disposing of trash in a licensed landfill and cattle farm he owns in 2016 — two years before he was charged this week with felony counts of illegal dumping, a Dayton Daily News investigation found. A large pile of industrial safety glass from Fuyao Glass America was...
Dayton again delays schools headquarters move; current building will be ‘shuttered’
 Dayton Public Schools’ plan to move its central offices to a different DPS-owned complex across Ludlow Street continues to see delays, with the move now expected to occur this spring. “This could change, but we anticipate that we’ll start moving some areas in March,” Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said. “It will...

Posted: 16 days ago

Dayton Public Schools’ plan to move its central offices to a different DPS-owned complex across Ludlow Street continues to see delays, with the move now expected to occur this spring. “This could change, but we anticipate that we’ll start moving some areas in March,” Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli said. “It will...
String of felony charges await businessman who changed Dayton’s skyline
 Prominent local businessman and philanthropist Steve Rauch is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 13 to face illegal dumping charges that carry the potential for years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. West Carrollton officials said if Rauch is found guilty, they also hope to recoup costs from Rauch and his companies. That...

Posted: 18 days ago

Prominent local businessman and philanthropist Steve Rauch is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 13 to face illegal dumping charges that carry the potential for years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines. West Carrollton officials said if Rauch is found guilty, they also hope to recoup costs from Rauch and his companies. That...
Who is Steve Rauch, the Dayton area businessman facing illegal dumping charges?
 A series of indictments have been handed down that allege illegal dumping involving a prominent Dayton-area businessman. Steve R. Rauch Inc. President Steve R. Rauch is being charged in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court with a number of felonies. One of his managers and two of his businesses are also charged in the indictments. The indictment...

Posted: 18 days ago

A series of indictments have been handed down that allege illegal dumping involving a prominent Dayton-area businessman. Steve R. Rauch Inc. President Steve R. Rauch is being charged in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court with a number of felonies. One of his managers and two of his businesses are also charged in the indictments. The indictment...
What you told us: Teachers should be top priority for Dayton schools
 Teachers should be the number one priority of the Dayton Board of Education as it works on the turnaround of the Dayton Public Schools, according to an analysis of public feedback at a recent town hall meeting sponsored by the Dayton Daily News. As part of the newspaper’s Path Forward project seeking solutions to some of the community&rsquo...

Posted: 19 days ago

Teachers should be the number one priority of the Dayton Board of Education as it works on the turnaround of the Dayton Public Schools, according to an analysis of public feedback at a recent town hall meeting sponsored by the Dayton Daily News. As part of the newspaper’s Path Forward project seeking solutions to some of the community&rsquo...
Credit union confirms plans to do business with marijuana companies
 Wright-Patt Credit Union confirmed Monday that the company will offer what it called “limited banking services” to legally licensed medical marijuana businesses. The Dayton Daily News first reported in January 2018 that the credit union was offering to do business with state-approved growers in the emerging industry. REPORTED...

Posted: 19 days ago

Wright-Patt Credit Union confirmed Monday that the company will offer what it called “limited banking services” to legally licensed medical marijuana businesses. The Dayton Daily News first reported in January 2018 that the credit union was offering to do business with state-approved growers in the emerging industry. REPORTED...
Bill would give schools 2 hours to tell parents if kids didn’t show up
 A bill pending in the Ohio House would require schools to notify parents within 120 minutes of the start of the school day if their child doesn’t show up for school. Dubbed “Alianna’s law,” the legislation is named after 14-year-old Alianna Defreeze of Cleveland, who was abducted at her bus stop in January 2017, taken...

Posted: 19 days ago

A bill pending in the Ohio House would require schools to notify parents within 120 minutes of the start of the school day if their child doesn’t show up for school. Dubbed “Alianna’s law,” the legislation is named after 14-year-old Alianna Defreeze of Cleveland, who was abducted at her bus stop in January 2017, taken...
WSU may face more scrutiny despite deal on federal visa investigation
 A $1 million settlement ended a three-year federal investigation into visa fraud at Wright State University, but the school and its leaders will continue to face strict scrutiny from the Department of Justice, a Dayton Daily News examination of the deal shows. Under the agreement signed by president Cheryl Schrader and board chairman Doug...

Posted: 19 days ago

A $1 million settlement ended a three-year federal investigation into visa fraud at Wright State University, but the school and its leaders will continue to face strict scrutiny from the Department of Justice, a Dayton Daily News examination of the deal shows. Under the agreement signed by president Cheryl Schrader and board chairman Doug...