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'Disconnected Democracy' from the Ohio Newsroom

In a time of polarization, we're asking Ohioans what matters and searching for what connects us.


initiative is an examination of Ohio’s democracy and its service to our

citizens – from their perspectives. We are profiling people from across

the state and representing diversity of perspective, location,

experience, socio-economic status, education, race and more. These

stories dig deeper than partisan affiliation and get to the root of

what's important to people in Ohio. We’re also uncovering the ways that

people work with their community - and sometimes within the democratic

process - to solve their most important challenges, prompt dialogue and

to build awareness of and perhaps empathy for people who have different

perspectives during the primaries and heading into November elections.

Disconnected Democracy is a collaborative project of the Ohio Newsroom.


Ohio Newsroom is a formal collaboration of Ohio’s network of public

radio newsrooms that creates a sustainable model for statewide news

coverage, including stories that may not have otherwise been told.

Ohio Newsroom Partners:

  • Cincinnati Public Radio (Cincinnati)
  • Ideastream Public Media (Cleveland/Akron/Canton)
  • WCSU (Wilberforce, Ohio)
  • WGTE (Toledo)
  • WOSU Public Media (Columbus)
  • WYSO (Yellow Springs)

Listen for Disconnected Democracy stories

on WYSU during 'Morning Edition' (weekdays 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.) and

'All things Considered' (weekdays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).

Do you have a perspective to share? Or a comment or question? Email Ed Goist at