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

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: 5 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: 17 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: 19 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: 20 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: 22 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...
$1M project to add new kind of drug treatment in Dayton
 People struggling with addiction will soon have more options when it comes to the type of treatment they can receive in Dayton. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center will add a $1 million, 60-bed wing to its facility inside Elizabeth Place. This story is part of our Path Forward initiative in which we dig into our community’s...

5:00 AM Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018

People struggling with addiction will soon have more options when it comes to the type of treatment they can receive in Dayton. Woodhaven Residential Treatment Center will add a $1 million, 60-bed wing to its facility inside Elizabeth Place. This story is part of our Path Forward initiative in which we dig into our community’s...
Gap store at The Greene closing
 The Gap store at The Greene Town Center is closing. Gap Inc. previously announced that up to 200 of its namesake stores could close after poor earnings reports. An employee at the Beavercreek location confirmed Saturday the store is having a going-out-of-business sale and will close, but did not have a closure date and referred all other...

4:04 PM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

The Gap store at The Greene Town Center is closing. Gap Inc. previously announced that up to 200 of its namesake stores could close after poor earnings reports. An employee at the Beavercreek location confirmed Saturday the store is having a going-out-of-business sale and will close, but did not have a closure date and referred all other...
Use of dating website led to capture of fugitive soccer coach in Florida
 A Germantown man who had been on the run from the law for 45 days after being convicted of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old was captured Friday evening in Florida. Justin K. Smith was captured shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the Fort Walton Beach area. He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail as a fugitive from justice. Smith had been...

1:53 AM Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

A Germantown man who had been on the run from the law for 45 days after being convicted of sex crimes involving a 14-year-old was captured Friday evening in Florida. Justin K. Smith was captured shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in the Fort Walton Beach area. He was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail as a fugitive from justice. Smith had been...