Katie Wedell

Katie Wedell is an investigative journalist on the Dayton Daily News’ Investigations and Community Impact Team.  She's won several awards for investigative reporting from the Associated Press Media Editors of Ohio and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists.  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

Montgomery County targeted for fentanyl crackdown
 Montgomery County is among 10 counties nationwide being targeted for a stepped up effort to prosecute those dealing the deadly opioid fentanyl and its cousins.  Federal and state officials announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), Thursday, a new program that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in areas...

Posted: 3 days ago

Montgomery County is among 10 counties nationwide being targeted for a stepped up effort to prosecute those dealing the deadly opioid fentanyl and its cousins.  Federal and state officials announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge (S.O.S.), Thursday, a new program that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in areas...
Report: Ohio Medicaid recipients prescribed high amount of opioids
 Thousands of Ohioans are being prescribed dangerously high amounts of opioid pain medication — including Vicodin, Oxycodone and Percocet — despite prescribing guidelines meant to lessen the risk of addiction, according to a new report from federal health watchdogs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector...

Posted: 5 days ago

Thousands of Ohioans are being prescribed dangerously high amounts of opioid pain medication — including Vicodin, Oxycodone and Percocet — despite prescribing guidelines meant to lessen the risk of addiction, according to a new report from federal health watchdogs. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector...
Community, readers offer ideas to solve addiction epidemic
 One of the goals of our newspaper’s new Path Forward initiative is to have meaningful conversations with our community and readers about the region’s most pressing issues as we cover them. In launching the first stories looking at the opioid crisis over the last week, we asked our readers to share their thoughts on what a...

Posted: 16 days ago

One of the goals of our newspaper’s new Path Forward initiative is to have meaningful conversations with our community and readers about the region’s most pressing issues as we cover them. In launching the first stories looking at the opioid crisis over the last week, we asked our readers to share their thoughts on what a...
Free family recovery event at Wegerzyn Gardens Saturday
 The Recovery Alliance of Montgomery County (RAMCO) is hosting a free healthy recovery celebration event Saturday for families impacted by drug addiction. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.  “The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) is partnering with Five Rivers MetroParks...

Posted: 16 days ago

The Recovery Alliance of Montgomery County (RAMCO) is hosting a free healthy recovery celebration event Saturday for families impacted by drug addiction. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Wegerzyn Gardens Metropark, 1301 E. Siebenthaler Ave.  “The Community Overdose Action Team (COAT) is partnering with Five Rivers MetroParks...
Dayton Recovers leader envisions brighter future for region after opioid crisis
 As Dayton and Montgomery County were plastered across magazine covers and featured in nightly news broadcasts last year as the “overdose capital” of the nation, Casey Steckling decided the public needed to hear the other side of the story. The Bellbrook native founded Dayton Recovers in January to tell the stories of hope and...

Posted: 18 days ago

As Dayton and Montgomery County were plastered across magazine covers and featured in nightly news broadcasts last year as the “overdose capital” of the nation, Casey Steckling decided the public needed to hear the other side of the story. The Bellbrook native founded Dayton Recovers in January to tell the stories of hope and...
‘My biggest supporters’: Mother of 7 rebuilding family after addiction
 For much of their 23-year marriage, Melissa Rodgers and her husband, Gary, managed to appear at times to outsiders as having a typical family life. They were raising seven children in Huber Heights. She worked here and there as a waitress while he maintained fairly steady employment as a mason. But cracks started to show: A lost job for not...

Posted: 19 days ago

For much of their 23-year marriage, Melissa Rodgers and her husband, Gary, managed to appear at times to outsiders as having a typical family life. They were raising seven children in Huber Heights. She worked here and there as a waitress while he maintained fairly steady employment as a mason. But cracks started to show: A lost job for not...
Melissa Rodgers
Melissa Rodgers listens to one of her sons talk about the effects her addiction had on the family.  She said repairing her relationship with her children hasn't been easy as they work to trust her again.  KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

Posted: 19 days ago

Melissa Rodgers listens to one of her sons talk about the effects her addiction had on the family. She said repairing her relationship with her children hasn't been easy as they work to trust her again. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
Melissa Rodgers recovery
Melissa Rodgers, 43, smiles as she talks about her progress in recovery. She celebrated more than a year of sobriety in late May after 25 years of addiction to alcohol and various drugs. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF

Posted: 19 days ago

Melissa Rodgers, 43, smiles as she talks about her progress in recovery. She celebrated more than a year of sobriety in late May after 25 years of addiction to alcohol and various drugs. KATIE WEDELL/STAFF
‘We’re making a difference’: A day with Dayton’s overdose response team
 The man answering the door at an apartment on Beckman Street on June 12 has a history of drug use, including an overdose about a week earlier from which he was revived with Narcan. When he first sees Dayton Police Officer Jason Olson and Emergency Medical Technician Amy Dunkin standing in his doorway he’s defensive, saying he doesn&rsquo...

Posted: 20 days ago

The man answering the door at an apartment on Beckman Street on June 12 has a history of drug use, including an overdose about a week earlier from which he was revived with Narcan. When he first sees Dayton Police Officer Jason Olson and Emergency Medical Technician Amy Dunkin standing in his doorway he’s defensive, saying he doesn&rsquo...
Can Dayton go from ‘overdose capital’ to a model for recovery?
 Our city was once a national leader for innovation. Last year Dayton got a different label: overdose capital of the nation. The numbers didn’t entirely support that, but pictures have power — and instead of Wilbur and Orville on a flying machine, Dayton’s iconic photo felt overtaken by an image of a passed-out person on...

Posted: 22 days ago

Our city was once a national leader for innovation. Last year Dayton got a different label: overdose capital of the nation. The numbers didn’t entirely support that, but pictures have power — and instead of Wilbur and Orville on a flying machine, Dayton’s iconic photo felt overtaken by an image of a passed-out person on...
White House, Truth Campaign launch opioid education ads
 The Trump Administration is partnering with the Truth Campaign and the Ad Council to launch a series of digital and television ads aimed at educating young people about opioids and preventing new addictions.  Truth was the group behind past tobacco cessation campaigns they say prevented 1 million young people from beginning to smoke...

3:10 PM Thursday, Jun. 07, 2018

The Trump Administration is partnering with the Truth Campaign and the Ad Council to launch a series of digital and television ads aimed at educating young people about opioids and preventing new addictions.  Truth was the group behind past tobacco cessation campaigns they say prevented 1 million young people from beginning to smoke...