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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

In wake of Columbus clashes, DeWine regrets not mentioning George Floyd

In wake of Columbus clashes, DeWine regrets not mentioning George Floyd

The governor spoke to the pain of the black community in Ohio and across the country, calling protests expressing outrage at the murder "appropriate." But told protesters not to "fight violence with more violence."
Watch live: Gov. DeWine to discuss Columbus protests at 2:30 p.m.

Watch live: Gov. DeWine to discuss Columbus protests at 2:30 p.m.

The governor plans "to discuss the events yesterday and this morning at the Ohio Statehouse and downtown Columbus."
YSU academic restructuring 'rolled out quickly' to save $1M in FY 2021

YSU academic restructuring 'rolled out quickly' to save $1M in FY 2021

Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Brien Smith said about 18 departmental chairs will return to the classroom, a demotion associated with a pay cut of about $17,000 each.
YSU announces restructuring of academic programs

YSU announces restructuring of academic programs

The programmatic changes are expected to save the university $1 million annually.
Local lawyer to fill late Rep. Manning's state House seat

Local lawyer to fill late Rep. Manning's state House seat

Alessandro "Al" Cutrona of Canfield will be sworn-in during today's House session.
Survivor: Think a mask is uncomfortable? You'll hate a ventilator

Survivor: Think a mask is uncomfortable? You'll hate a ventilator

Dr. Jeff Manser appeared during Tuesday’s state briefing to remind Ohioans that COVID-19 remains dangerous — even when it's not deadly. Meanwhile, between May 17 and May 23, Ohio saw its largest number of COVID-19-related deaths in a single week.
DeWine deploys Ohio National Guard to nursing homes

DeWine deploys Ohio National Guard to nursing homes

At least 10 "Congregate Care Unified Response Teams" will test all staff at nursing homes; residents will be tested based on a clinical assessment.
Ohio is reopening, but visiting nursing homes seems far off

Ohio is reopening, but visiting nursing homes seems far off

Given testing requirements issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, moving through reopening stages won't happen any time soon for Ohio nursing homes.
YSU professor battles misconceptions about Ohio’s refugees

YSU professor battles misconceptions about Ohio’s refugees

“If we’re formulating opinions and we’re voting based on our opinions and participating in social discourse, it’s important to know what we’re talking about,” Pettitt said.
Boardman band director orchestrates Memorial Day event

Boardman band director orchestrates Memorial Day event

Tim Tuite is asking communities across the Mahoning Valley and the country to participate.