Ohio Capital Journal Editor-in-Chief David DeWitt has more than 15 years experience covering Ohio government, politics and policy, including education, health care, crime and courts, poverty, state and local government, business, labor, energy, environment, and social issues. He has worked for the National Journal, The New York Observer, The Athens NEWS, and Plunderbund.com. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and is a board member of the E.W. Scripps Society of Alumni and Friends.
J.D. Vance: Ohio’s new servile, self-seeking sycophant of a U.S. Senator
By: David DeWitt - November 21, 2022
This commentary originally appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal. After two years of relentless lies from Donald Trump about the 2020 Election — lies that precipitated a deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol to try to overturn a free and fair American election — Ohio’s newly elected U.S. Sen. J.D. Vance says it’s not the […]
Studies show gains against childhood hunger were lost after child tax credit ended
By: David DeWitt - November 15, 2022
This story originally appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal. An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association in October confirmed previous research that food insecurity increased substantially after the expiration of federal monthly advanced child tax credits on Jan. 15, 2022. The study looked at the period between January and July of this […]
A Republic, if we can keep it: Now is not the time for despair, but renewed and relentless action
By: David DeWitt - July 4, 2022
This commentary originally appeared in Ohio Capital Dispatch. Most of us have heard the tale: As Benjamin Franklin walked out of Independence Hall after the Constitutional Convention in 1787, someone shouted out, “Doctor, what have we got? A republic or a monarchy?” Franklin is said to have responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” […]
We have the tools to build an extraordinary civilization. We ought to use them.
By: David DeWitt - April 29, 2022
This commentary originally appeared in the Ohio Capital Journal. Too often sharing the news feels like being a messenger of madness. Every day, foundational democratic institutions suffer sustained assault while a corrupt, extremist right-wing tyranny over Ohio politics and policy reigns. As important as it is to chronicle the “first draft of history” by finding […]