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Ellen Wagner

Ellen Wagner

Ellen Wagner reports on municipal services and budget cuts in Youngstown. She is a corps member with Report for America, a national service program that places journalists into local newsrooms. The program partially funds her position. If you'd like to help support her position, click on the yellow "Support Local News" button above.

Recent Work by Ellen

Chill-Can developer asks for dismissal of city's counterclaim

Chill-Can developer asks for dismissal of city's counterclaim

In April, the city of Youngstown started to take legal action against the Chill-Can developer after it failed to meet benchmarks set to be completed in 2017. A lawsuit was filed against the city by the Chill-Can developer in May. 
Youngstown City Council takes next step to get body cameras for YPD

Youngstown City Council takes next step to get body cameras for YPD

City Council also approved $24,300 in overtime for employees in the Youngstown City Health District for work performed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
'Another jewel in the crown' — YSU Excellence Training Center opens

'Another jewel in the crown' — YSU Excellence Training Center opens

YSU President Jim Tressel said the location is a perfect place to link downtown Youngstown to YSU, Eastern Gateway Community College, Youngstown Business Incubator and America Makes.
City Council to vote on moving forward with YPD body cameras

City Council to vote on moving forward with YPD body cameras

Sgt. Jose Morales Jr. said the department expects to get body camera proposals from Axon, G-Tech Solutions, BodyWorn, Motorola and other companies. 
YSU introduces new $12 million Excellence Training Center

YSU introduces new $12 million Excellence Training Center

“It’s the outcomes that come from this building that are key,” YSU President Jim Tressel said.
Foster Theatre moving on from porno past; auction underway with vintage items

Foster Theatre moving on from porno past; auction underway with vintage items

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the revitalization of the theater.
Stop the Violence prayer walk in Youngstown rescheduled for Saturday

Stop the Violence prayer walk in Youngstown rescheduled for Saturday

The walk will pray for peace in the city and against the violence that has infected neighborhoods.
YPD, the community continue initiatives to reduce violence

YPD, the community continue initiatives to reduce violence

Youngstown Police Department officers plans to help bars and nightclubs actively disperse crowds when they close at the end of the night. The Stop the Violence campaign continues efforts through prayer walks and 70 days of prayer.
Youngstown Police Department plans to add extra security to bars, nightclubs

Youngstown Police Department plans to add extra security to bars, nightclubs

The mayor’s office is working with the families affected by gun violence to provide mental health support and grief counseling.
MOBILE MARKET | New initiative aims to deliver groceries to Youngstown residents

MOBILE MARKET | New initiative aims to deliver groceries to Youngstown residents

While Youngstown waits for a grocery store, alternative plans have been made to bring food to the most vulnerable people through pop-up markets and the Mobile Market Initiative.