Steve Bennish

Originally from Detroit, Michigan, reporter Steve Bennish first became interested in journalism through reading his hometown newspaper. It was a 'staple in his house growing up,' he says. Bennish covers the political economy, transportation, energy, and natural resources and has worked with Cox Media  Group for the past 18 years. He also contributes to an ongoing series, "Fighting the Trade War." He graduated from the University of Missouri - Columbia.

Latest from Steve Bennish

Legendary Smales Pretzel Bakery is under construction after over a century of pumping out warm treats
 When a single family has been pushing pretzels out the door of the same, small bakery for almost 100 years, there is bound to be some wear and tear. Smales Pretzel Bakery recently announced it was working on renovations at the 210 Xenia Ave. shop. Fifth-generation owner of Smales, Emma Smales, wants to reassure long-time fans and customers...

2:00 PM Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018

When a single family has been pushing pretzels out the door of the same, small bakery for almost 100 years, there is bound to be some wear and tear. Smales Pretzel Bakery recently announced it was working on renovations at the 210 Xenia Ave. shop. Fifth-generation owner of Smales, Emma Smales, wants to reassure long-time fans and customers...
Three Wright-Dunbar historic replica homes reach finish line
 A Dayton neighborhood redevelopment project started by the now-defunct ISUS charter school is being completed — six years after the Great Recession froze it in time. The project in the Wright-Dunbar Historic Neighborhood was an attempt to create an enclave of homes that were replicas of the childhood homes or buildings associated with...

4:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 02, 2016

A Dayton neighborhood redevelopment project started by the now-defunct ISUS charter school is being completed — six years after the Great Recession froze it in time. The project in the Wright-Dunbar Historic Neighborhood was an attempt to create an enclave of homes that were replicas of the childhood homes or buildings associated with...
Record number of travelers expected this weekend
 A record number of travelers for the Fourth of July weekend — nearly 43 million — will be hitting the nation’s highways and airports, according to AAA, spurred on by some of the lowest gas prices in more than a decade. More than 1.5 million Ohioans plan to drive to destinations more than 50 miles from their homes, an increase...

7:01 PM Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2016

A record number of travelers for the Fourth of July weekend — nearly 43 million — will be hitting the nation’s highways and airports, according to AAA, spurred on by some of the lowest gas prices in more than a decade. More than 1.5 million Ohioans plan to drive to destinations more than 50 miles from their homes, an increase...
High court’s decision could impact Ohio law
 The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas abortion clinic law likely will affect Ohio, which has similar requirements in place. As part of its decision Monday, the high court overruled Texas law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals close by and requiring abortion clinics to meet surgical-center operating...

8:43 PM Monday, Jun. 27, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a Texas abortion clinic law likely will affect Ohio, which has similar requirements in place. As part of its decision Monday, the high court overruled Texas law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at hospitals close by and requiring abortion clinics to meet surgical-center operating...
Construction: Watch for lane changes on interstates
 A number of lane closures will greet motorists on Interstate 75 and Interstate 70 this week, so watch for sudden lane changes. I-75 north between Stanley Avenue and Wagner Ford Road will have a shoulder closure through July 15. On I-70 west between Dog Leg Road and SR 48, there will be nightly lane closures through July 1 between 8 p.m. and...

6:08 PM Monday, Jun. 27, 2016

A number of lane closures will greet motorists on Interstate 75 and Interstate 70 this week, so watch for sudden lane changes. I-75 north between Stanley Avenue and Wagner Ford Road will have a shoulder closure through July 15. On I-70 west between Dog Leg Road and SR 48, there will be nightly lane closures through July 1 between 8 p.m. and...
New libraries for Dayton and Columbus
A view inside the downtown Dayton Metro Library that is under construction. It will open in April.

6:56 PM Sunday, Jun. 26, 2016

A view inside the downtown Dayton Metro Library that is under construction. It will open in April.
Whole Foods offers honey bee festival

7:53 PM Friday, Jun. 24, 2016

Honey bees and their sweet product will get some tasty attention from a local business today. Whole Foods Market, 1050 Miamisburg-Centerville Road in Centerville, is hosting a Pollinator and Honey Festival from noon to 4 p.m., an event with exhibits, food and educational activities for children. It’s timed for Pollinator Week, the U...
Cooper Park makeover part of library project
 Cooper Park in downtown Dayton is a pretty straightforward proposition — a square of grass, shade trees, and a statue of President William McKinley. It gets plenty of use during downtown festivals and parades as a quiet refuge from the crowds. The expansion of the Dayton Metro Library is encroaching on an estimated 20 percent of the...

4:24 PM Friday, Jun. 24, 2016

Cooper Park in downtown Dayton is a pretty straightforward proposition — a square of grass, shade trees, and a statue of President William McKinley. It gets plenty of use during downtown festivals and parades as a quiet refuge from the crowds. The expansion of the Dayton Metro Library is encroaching on an estimated 20 percent of the...