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

Worker’s comp to phase out use of OxyContin

Posted: 15 hours ago

The state fund for injured workers will stop covering new prescriptions for OxyContin, one of the most widely abused painkillers that has been blamed for launching the nation’s opioid crisis. The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation also says it wants to begin phasing out the drug for injured workers currently taking it. Montgomery...
How to become a foster parent in Ohio
 Ohio is making it easier to find information on fostering and adopting children as the opioid epidemic has increased the need for caregivers. The state launched a new website that serves as a one-stop shop for adults in any county to learn more about the foster system, find training courses in their area and apply to be a foster parent...

Posted: 5 days ago

Ohio is making it easier to find information on fostering and adopting children as the opioid epidemic has increased the need for caregivers. The state launched a new website that serves as a one-stop shop for adults in any county to learn more about the foster system, find training courses in their area and apply to be a foster parent...
Foster care system struggles to keep pace with opioid epidemic
 As the opioid crisis spread across the Miami Valley, it took a tragic toll on many of the region’s youngest residents — forcing more children into foster care and exposing many to severe trauma. County agencies have struggled to recruit and train enough foster parents, at times sending children from Montgomery County to homes...

Posted: 6 days ago

As the opioid crisis spread across the Miami Valley, it took a tragic toll on many of the region’s youngest residents — forcing more children into foster care and exposing many to severe trauma. County agencies have struggled to recruit and train enough foster parents, at times sending children from Montgomery County to homes...
Coroner: No carfentanil spike locally, but OD deaths are up
 Coroners in two of Ohio’s largest counties — Franklin and Cuyahoga — have issued warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it’s sometimes used to sedate elephants. Officials in Montgomery County said they have not seen a reemergence of carfentanil in the illicit drug market in Dayton, but said there...

Posted: 11 days ago

Coroners in two of Ohio’s largest counties — Franklin and Cuyahoga — have issued warnings following the reappearance of an opioid so powerful it’s sometimes used to sedate elephants. Officials in Montgomery County said they have not seen a reemergence of carfentanil in the illicit drug market in Dayton, but said there...
Forum: Cedarville community talks opioid crisis
 “Break the stigma,” and “Don’t be afraid to talk about it,” were among the messages from author and TV commentator Eric Bolling about the opioid epidemic at an appearance in Greene County this week. Hundreds of Cedarville University students and community members attended the “Your Voice, Your Future&rdquo...

Posted: 24 days ago

“Break the stigma,” and “Don’t be afraid to talk about it,” were among the messages from author and TV commentator Eric Bolling about the opioid epidemic at an appearance in Greene County this week. Hundreds of Cedarville University students and community members attended the “Your Voice, Your Future&rdquo...
Convicted 12 times, mom turns life ‘180 degrees’ after drug court
 Melissa Rodgers knows what it means to be in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The 43-year-old has been sentenced for criminal convictions in Montgomery County 12 times over 20 years. When the Dayton Daily News first profiled Rodgers in June of 2018, she had marked one year in recovery from drugs and alcohol. In October...

Posted: 26 days ago

Melissa Rodgers knows what it means to be in the revolving door of the criminal justice system. The 43-year-old has been sentenced for criminal convictions in Montgomery County 12 times over 20 years. When the Dayton Daily News first profiled Rodgers in June of 2018, she had marked one year in recovery from drugs and alcohol. In October...
This local drug court cut rate of new felonies by more than half
 Local drug courts reduced the number of convicted criminals who committed new felonies by more than half in at least one local court examined by the Dayton Daily News. Between 80 and 90 percent of property crimes in the Miami Valley in recent years have been related to drug addiction, according to local prosecutors and a study from the city...

Posted: 27 days ago

Local drug courts reduced the number of convicted criminals who committed new felonies by more than half in at least one local court examined by the Dayton Daily News. Between 80 and 90 percent of property crimes in the Miami Valley in recent years have been related to drug addiction, according to local prosecutors and a study from the city...
Gov. DeWine kicks off addiction listening tour in Dayton
 Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday kicked off a statewide listening tour on the addiction crisis with a stop in Dayton, where he heard from members of the area’s Community Overdose Action Team. “I wanted to bring my cabinet here,” DeWine said. “Because Montgomery County and Dayton are doing a very, very good job.”...

Posted: 29 days ago

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday kicked off a statewide listening tour on the addiction crisis with a stop in Dayton, where he heard from members of the area’s Community Overdose Action Team. “I wanted to bring my cabinet here,” DeWine said. “Because Montgomery County and Dayton are doing a very, very good job.”...
National report details how Dayton cut overdose deaths in half
 Dayton and Montgomery County cut overdose deaths in half last year, and those efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are now detailed in a national comprehensive report. The report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, titled “A Community of Recovery: Dayton, Ohio’s Compassionate, Collective Approach to the Opioid...

6:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019

Dayton and Montgomery County cut overdose deaths in half last year, and those efforts to combat the opioid epidemic are now detailed in a national comprehensive report. The report from the left-leaning Center for American Progress, titled “A Community of Recovery: Dayton, Ohio’s Compassionate, Collective Approach to the Opioid...
What we’re doing to tackle Dayton’s biggest issues
 A new reporting team the Dayton Daily News formed in 2018 has sparked conversations and initiatives aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing the Miami Valley. The Path Forward has focused on three critical issues that must be addressed for the region to thrive: how the community changes its image as the center of the drug overdose...

11:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018

A new reporting team the Dayton Daily News formed in 2018 has sparked conversations and initiatives aimed at addressing the most pressing issues facing the Miami Valley. The Path Forward has focused on three critical issues that must be addressed for the region to thrive: how the community changes its image as the center of the drug overdose...
Program examines if fentanyl test strips reduce overdoses, save lives
 A more than $58,000 pilot grant will help local health officials determine if the distribution of fentanyl test strips can reduce drug overdoses and deaths. Since July, more than 2,800 test strips have been distributed via a National Association of County and City Health Officials grant awarded to Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County...

8:13 PM Friday, Dec. 21, 2018

A more than $58,000 pilot grant will help local health officials determine if the distribution of fentanyl test strips can reduce drug overdoses and deaths. Since July, more than 2,800 test strips have been distributed via a National Association of County and City Health Officials grant awarded to Public Health Dayton & Montgomery County...