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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

JULIUS OLIVER PROFILE | 'You can’t have 21st-century thinking and 20th-century policy'

JULIUS OLIVER PROFILE | 'You can’t have 21st-century thinking and 20th-century policy'

Julius Oliver is looking to change the morale and mindset of Youngstown residents if he is elected mayor. He said he would bring his experience as an entrepreneur and City Council member to make changes in Youngstown.
JAMAEL TITO BROWN PROFILE | 'I don’t want us to come out and just survive. I want us to thrive'

JAMAEL TITO BROWN PROFILE | 'I don’t want us to come out and just survive. I want us to thrive'

Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said when he first ran for mayor four years ago, he saw that Youngstown citizens were not being put first. “My main focus is the citizens of Youngstown,” Brown said.
RYAN KELLY PROFILE | 'I see the city thriving completely again'

RYAN KELLY PROFILE | 'I see the city thriving completely again'

If elected mayor of Youngstown, Kelly said he would ban the phrase: "This is the way we’ve always done things.”
UPDATE |DeWine joins tour of Covelli Centre vaccination site

UPDATE |DeWine joins tour of Covelli Centre vaccination site

The Minority Community Vaccination Action Group of Youngstown/Mahoning County announced a simplified process for getting vaccination appointments after the tour.
City council approves $4.4 million transfer to satisfy state auditor's demands

City council approves $4.4 million transfer to satisfy state auditor's demands

In 2019, the state auditor said the city must repay $4.4 million to its general fund after money was taken from water and sewer accounts for items like economic development and the mayor's SUV. 
YSU reports 6 new coronavirus cases

YSU reports 6 new coronavirus cases

Of the new cases, four were reported by students who live off-campus, one case was reported by a student living on-campus and one case was reported by an employee.  
CEO UPDATE | Youngstown's Jennings discusses dental RV, summer enrichment program

CEO UPDATE | Youngstown's Jennings discusses dental RV, summer enrichment program

He announced the Youngstown City School District has purchased a dental RV that will travel to each school to provide services to students during the next school year. Also, the district’s summer enrichment program will start June 7.
Youngstown income tax improves for March; shortfall for 2021 remains

Youngstown income tax improves for March; shortfall for 2021 remains

The city’s income tax collection for March was forecasted at about $3.8 million, and the city collected about $4.1 million. For the first four months of the year, the city is off by $400,000 for the targeted forecast.
Youngstown mayoral candidates debate COVID-19 relief funds, crime

Youngstown mayoral candidates debate COVID-19 relief funds, crime

Candidates Jamael Tito Brown, Julius Oliver and Ryan Kelly met in Stambaugh Auditorium in a debate sponsored by 21 WFMJ-TV to discuss the increased crime rate, inequality issues and the American Rescue Plan. 
Some universities to require students be vaccinated this fall. What about YSU?

Some universities to require students be vaccinated this fall. What about YSU?

Earlier this month, the university announced intentions to return campus operations to near-normal levels for the 2021 fall semester starting in late August.