Laura A. Bischoff

Investigative Reporter

Laura Bischoff has worked for the Dayton Daily News since 1995 and focuses on state and federal government. 

She has been assigned to the Statehouse bureau since 2001 and has broken stories on the public pension funds, Ohio State University, Ohio Medicaid and politicians of all stripes. 

Her work has earned her a number of state and national reporting honors. 

Prior to her current assignment, Bischoff worked as a business reporter and covered Dayton city hall. She previously covered local government for the Flint (Mich.) Journal.

Bischoff was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. 

She lives in Worthington with her husband and two sons.

Latest from Laura A. Bischoff

Decade after smoking ban, more than 20% of Ohioans still smoke

A decade after voters approved a statewide indoor smoking ban, Ohio’s adult smoking rate has declined slightly to 21.6 percent but it is still well above the national average rate of 15.1 percent.Still, anti-tobacco activists call the Ohio Smoke Free Law, adopted by 58.5 percent of voters in November 2006, ...

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted want Congress to declare that the states have control over elections and election equipment even in the face of a cyber attack.

Husted warns against federal overreach in elections

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted wants the state’s election equipment left alone — even in the face of a cyber attack.Husted Thursday urged congressional leaders to spell out in federal law that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security shall not take over states’ election equipment and administration, even during ...

Senate OKs bill aimed at reducing infant deaths

The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted 29-1 for a bill to address infant mortality by prohibiting the sale of crib bumper pads, stepping up safe sleep education for young families, offering women long-acting reversible contraceptive devices after delivery and taking other steps. The bill, long championed by Warren County Republican ...

James Raussen

Former Ohio lawmaker faces investigation in Oregon

A former southwest Ohio lawmaker with ties to Democrat Ted Strickland and former deputy Ohio state treasurer Amer Ahmad is facing an investigation in Oregon, according to The (Portland) Oregonian.The Oregon Educators Benefit Board put its director James Raussen on indefinite paid leave and asked the U.S. Department of Justice ...

Republican presidential hopeful Gov. John Kasich of Ohio speaks to reporters after a campaign event in Rochester, N.H., Feb. 1, 2016. Voters in Iowa will cast the first ballots of the 2016 presidential election in caucuses across the state Monday. (Ian Thomas Jansen-Lonnquist/The New York Times)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich calls for US leadership around the world

In the face of radical and violent extremists, the United States must lead the world and stick by its allies, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday to several hundred political, business and faith leaders.“We don’t have a right as a nation to retreat from the world, I mean, what are ...

Voting rolls may not be restored despite court ruling

The voting status of 1.2 million infrequent voters in Ohio remains in doubt despite a federal court ruling last week that says Ohio’s practice of purging the names from registration rolls violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. Voting rights advocates on Tuesday launched a campaign to get voters ...

State Sen. Bill Coley (R-Liberty Twp.)

Bill calls for regulation of fantasy sports

Here is a sure bet: the fight over how to regulate daily fantasy sports in Ohio will likely be long and contentious.Already, two lawmakers are pushing different approaches.State Sen. Bill Coley, R-West Chester, introduced a bill Monday that would prohibit fantasy sports companies from taking an administrative fee off the ...

Ohio businesses set to cash in on pot

Now that Ohio has legalized medical marijuana, dozens of businesses in the state are lining up to cash in. Andy Joseph’s Apeks Supercritical is one of them. The Licking County company, which sells fully automated machines that extract oils from plants — including from cannabis — gets a bump each ...


Early voting starts Saturday for some Ohioans

It’s time for some Ohioans to already start voting in the November presidential election.Absentee voting for military and overseas voters begins Saturday, Sept. 24, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted announced Friday.Military voters who have not yet registered to vote or submitted a request for an absentee ballot may still ...


Kasich ranks in the middle of the pack for popularity among governors

Among the country’s 50 governors, Republican John Kasich is tied for 20th most popular, according to a new Morning Consult poll.Kasich, who first took office in January 2011, is tied with California Gov. Jerry Brown, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, all of whom have a 57 ...


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