Laura A. Bischoff

Investigative Reporter

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government. 

She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes. 

Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors. 

Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal.

Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

Latest from Laura A. Bischoff

Governor John Kasich is interviewed by Laura Bischoff and Jim Otte. JIM WITMER / STAFF

Poll shows Kasich ahead of FitzGerald by 22 points

Republican Gov. John Kasich is 22 points ahead of Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald, who is still largely unknown by likely voters, according to a new poll released Wednesday by Quinnipiac University.The poll found Kasich would even get a quarter of the Democratic voters.With just five weeks to go before Election ...

Coal company gives boost to GOP

Coal miners and other employees linked to the Ohio-based Murray Energy Corp. have contributed tens of thousands of dollars toward the re-election campaigns for Ohio Republicans, from the governor down to two members of the Ohio Supreme Court. A majority of the donors, like Teresa and Nolan Behunin, live outside ...

Abortions decline in Ohio

Ohio saw an 8.8 percent decline in the number of abortions performed across the state in 2013 compared with 2012, according a report released Friday by the Ohio Department of Health. Overall, 23,216 pregnancies were terminated in 2013 in Ohio, compared with 25,473 in 2012 and 24,764 in 2011. Statistics ...

Former Ohio State band director Jon Waters at a press conference on Sept. 26 said he plans to sue the university for firing him. PHOTO BY LAURA BISCHOFF

Former OSU band director sues university over firing

Former Ohio State University band director Jonathan Waters on Friday filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the university that seeks to get his job back and at least $1 million in damages. Waters was fired July 24 after an internal report found he turned a blind eye toward ...

Court loosens rules on judges’ speech

The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday tossed out a conduct rule that barred judicial candidates from conveying deceiving or misleading information about themselves or their opponents, saying it violates the candidate’s free speech rights. The court maintained the part of the conduct rule that bans judicial candidates from speading outright ...

Former deputy Ohio treasurer Amer Ahmad pleaded guilty Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in U.S. District Court to conspiracy and bribery charges for his role setting up his high school classmate to make $3.2 million in trading commissions off the state in exchange for $523,000 in kickbacks.

Ex-deputy Ohio treasurer moved to Islamabad jail, may return to US

Former Ohio deputy treasurer Amer Ahmad may be returned to the U.S. to face sentencing for his role in a kickback scheme, according to the Pakistani media. The Express Tribune reported Thursday that Pakistani officials transferred Ahmad to Islamabad from a jail in Lahore and “is likely to be repatriated ...

Democrats say emails link Kasich administration to Suarez

Newly released emails show that Gov. John Kasich’s chief of staff was kept apprised of efforts to help Canton businessman Ben Suarez, who is a major GOP donor, fight consumer protection lawsuits in California in 2011.Ohio Democratic Party Chairman Chris Redfern on Wednesday accused the Kasich administration of misleading the ...

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Kasich, FitzGerald debate unlikely

Negotiations for a debate between Republican Gov. John Kasich and Democrat Ed FitzGerald are going nowhere, leading to the likely scenario that Ohio voters won’t see a gubernatorial debate for the first time since 1978.Kasich campaign spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp said in a written statement Tuesday that the “implosion” of FitzGerald’s ...

Governor’s office behind pharmacy board firing

Under pressure from the governor’s office, the Ohio Board of Pharmacy fired its executive director, Kyle Parker, after he publicly testified about a proposal to no longer require that a licensed pharmacist lead the agency, according to a document released Tuesday through a public records request by the Dayton Daily ...

Former deputy Ohio treasurer Amer Ahmad pleaded guilty Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in U.S. District Court to conspiracy and bribery charges for his role setting up his high school classmate to make $3.2 million in trading commissions off the state in exchange for $523,000 in kickbacks.

Sentencing set for ex-Ohio deputy treasurer

Former deputy Ohio treasurer Amer Ahmad, who has been held in a Pakistani jail since his clandestine escape from the U.S. in April, is scheduled to be sentenced in absentia by U.S. District Court Judge Michael Watson on Nov. 6. On Wednesday, Watson set the sentencing date for Ahmad and ...

 
 

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