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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 two-governor approach: DeWine, Christie tag team on masks

A two-governor approach: DeWine, Christie tag team on masks

In the past 11 days, Ohio has set new records for most new cases reported in a single day six times. As the record gets higher and higher, DeWine's refrain remains unchanged. 
Christie: COVID-19 'like getting beaten up from the inside out'

Christie: COVID-19 'like getting beaten up from the inside out'

Christie's appearance comes as Ohio broke its record for most new cases in a day for the second day in a row. 
Unconfirmed reports indicate Donald Trump Jr. will stop at Maronite Center Monday

Unconfirmed reports indicate Donald Trump Jr. will stop at Maronite Center Monday

The campaign for President Donald Trump has rented the Maronite Center in Austintown for an event Monday, Joe Rzonsa, owner of the Blue Wolf Tavern, confirmed.
From friendship to fisticuffs, Valley pols, officials discuss Election Day

From friendship to fisticuffs, Valley pols, officials discuss Election Day

"We are a model democracy, and I think we forget that," YSU professor Paul Sracic said. "We've all inherited a very comfortable system, and I think we take that for granted."
Groundhog Day in October: As cases surge, DeWine again begs for mask use

Groundhog Day in October: As cases surge, DeWine again begs for mask use

"... We're not seeing the number of cases peak. we're not seeing the number of hospitalizations peak and until we know where the peak of that curve is, it's a little anxiety-provoking," said Dr. Andrew Thomas, chief clinical officer at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.
Ohio sets all-time COVID-19 hospitalization record

Ohio sets all-time COVID-19 hospitalization record

"There are more people in the hospital with COVID-19 than [at] any other time," Gov. Mike DeWine said during Tuesday's briefing.
Biden-Harris bus makes stop in Youngstown

Biden-Harris bus makes stop in Youngstown

Local Democratic candidates were present, including state Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan, D-58th; 59th District state representative candidate Chris Stanley; and Mahoning County Commissioners Anthony Traficanti and Dave Ditzler.  
WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Ohio sets new records as cases surge

WEEKLY COVID-19 TRENDS | Ohio sets new records as cases surge

Between Oct. 11 and Oct. 17, Ohio reported 12,047 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. That's the most cases reported in a week since the pandemic began.
YSU and faculty share details on new three-year pact

YSU and faculty share details on new three-year pact

YSU-OEA and the administration signed a tentative agreement Thursday. Next, union membership will vote on the agreement. If members vote to accept, the full tentative agreement is sent to the YSU Board of Trustees for ratification.
DeWine blames record COVID-19 case surge on poor mask compliance

DeWine blames record COVID-19 case surge on poor mask compliance

"People are complacent when they're comfortable," the governor said, explaining coronavirus has been spreading at small gatherings of families and friends.