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Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin

Jess Hardin is a reporter for Mahoning Matters. She grew up in Pittsburgh and started reporting at The Vindicator, where she covered two communities. Jess graduated from Georgetown University and upon graduating, she won a Fulbright grant to teach English in Georgia.

Recent Work by Jess

A ground zero chaplain from Youngstown reflects on Sept. 11

A ground zero chaplain from Youngstown reflects on Sept. 11

The aim of the chaplain corps, Jim Jenkins said, was to provide "Ministry of presence" — to minister to people by being present in the midst of their grief. In doing so, he learned lessons — and formed a bond with a special German shepherd.
Your Morning Matters: My last Mahoning morning

Your Morning Matters: My last Mahoning morning

How bad is the pandemic in Ohio right now? Jess Hardin has the details.
If Ohio health officials won't recommend a mask mandate, who will?

If Ohio health officials won't recommend a mask mandate, who will?

When pushed on his refusal to recommend a mask mandate to Gov. Mike DeWine, Vanderhoff again emphasized personal choice, which based on the COVID-19 data isn't producing the desired results.
Youngstown's new school buses are on their way. But what's the plan until then?

Youngstown's new school buses are on their way. But what's the plan until then?

The district ordered 20 new school buses with federal coronavirus relief funds, but those won't arrive until October.
Poland, Newton Falls reverse course on masking

Poland, Newton Falls reverse course on masking

"One thing we're all for is keeping kids in school, and we're doing a lousy job at that," said Poland Superintendent Craig Hockenberry.
BREAKING | Poland issues mask mandate after 100 high schoolers in quarantine

BREAKING | Poland issues mask mandate after 100 high schoolers in quarantine

Six days into the school year, more than 10 percent of high school students are in quarantine.
'BACK TO HIS FAMILY' | Amer 'Al' Adi Othman is back in the Valley; Ryan 'thrilled' with return

'BACK TO HIS FAMILY' | Amer 'Al' Adi Othman is back in the Valley; Ryan 'thrilled' with return

In a video Adi's daughter posted to Facebook Wednesday night, her father is seen reuniting with family at the Cleveland airport.
ELDERBERRY AND QUARANTINES | Boardman community sounds off on masking policy

ELDERBERRY AND QUARANTINES | Boardman community sounds off on masking policy

One Boardman parent and respiratory specialist was told he was not invited to the public school board meeting; that it was only for those with anti-mask viewpoints.
Showdown tonight: (Some) Boardman parents vs. masks

Showdown tonight: (Some) Boardman parents vs. masks

The mask debate is coming to Boardman. District officials are hoping for a civil dialogue.
WEEKLY ROUNDUP | 18 months in, health care workers opt out

WEEKLY ROUNDUP | 18 months in, health care workers opt out

As cases surge to winter levels due to the delta variant, health care workers are leaving the field altogether. 
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