Features reporter for the Columbus Dispatch. Story-teller. Food-lover. Show-choir parent.

Central Ohioans turn wood from ash trees into memorable works

dispatch.com — For the first time in years, ash trees won't make Steve Cothrel sad. The superintendent of parks and forestry for the city of Upper Arlington has overseen the removal of more than 1,000 ash trees - cut down either as victims of the emerald ash borer or in a pre-emptive attempt to prevent the spread of the bug.
Aug 27, 2015

Upper Arlington officials turn loss of ash trees into a unique art exhibit. My story: bit.ly/1JylFTa

Hope Hollow offers assistance to out-of-town cancer patients

dispatch.com — While her husband lay dying, Kathy Ousley slept in her pickup truck. Having learned in May 2013 that he had terminal bone cancer, Vaughn Ousley was admitted to the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State University. The couple lived 80 miles away, in the Guernsey County town of Cambridge.
Aug 18, 2015

Could you open up your house to share with cancer patients and their families? Check out this remarkable couple: bit.ly/1WC3kyy

Ohio mermaid gives joy to curious children

washingtontimes.com — COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The children swarmed the mermaid in the shallow water, poking her scales and touching her silver-and-orange tail. Their faces reflecting amazement, they fired questions at Katelyn Quaranta-Renz: Are you real? How do you breathe underwater? Do you know Ariel?

Ohio native Katie Ferrell back home with job as Channel 4 anchor

dispatch.com — Although she earned a college degree, landed her first job and met her future husband in Missouri, Katie Ferrell is "thrilled to be home." The 2003 graduate of Strongsville High School, outside Cleveland, picked up a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri in 2007 and worked at stations in Columbia, Mo.; Hastings, Neb.; and Kansas City, Mo.
Aug 13, 2015

New Channel 4 anchor Katie Ferrell talks about working in farm country, her teacup Yorkie and coming home to Ohio: bit.ly/1L954cp

Aug 13, 2015

RT @kgdispatch: New Channel 4 anchor Katie Ferrell talks about working in farm country, her teacup Yorkie and coming home to Ohio: bit.ly/1L954cp

Aug 14, 2015

NE Ohio native Katie Ferrell back home with job as Channel 4 anchor in Columbus... shar.es/1tkWob fb.me/3ZyyqKz21

'The Design of Business,' A Conversation with Roger L. Martin

inc.com — Roger L. Martin's classic book, The Design of Business (2009), aimed to bring design thinking out of the studio and into the C-suite. With its clear and cogent explanation of what Martin called the knowledge funnel -- which brilliantly married the concept of the sales funnel and the design loop -- the volume provided the business world with a vocabulary that promised to engender direct communication between business leaders and designers.

Ostrich eggs to incubate benefit exhibit for Ohio Art League

dispatch.com — One man's walks past a brightly lit New York apartment have - more than 20 years later - inspired an offbeat art exhibit. Forty-eight ostrich eggshells transformed by Ohio artists will encompass "Art 360°," a name that reflects the imagery traveling the circumference of each egg.
Aug 02, 2015

You have an ostrich egg. Now transform it into a work of art. Check out what these Ohio artists did with theirs: bit.ly/1N23ZD9

Owners reveal boundless affection for their high-mileage vehicles

dispatch.com — The average age of the typical car on the American road is at an all-time high - 11.5 years, according to a new IHS Automotive survey. And yet, Americans are buying more than 17 million vehicles a year, according to USA Today, a high not seen since before the Great Recession.
Jul 31, 2015

I thought hitting 205,000 miles in an old Honda was a big deal. I'm a piker compared to these folks... fb.me/3hRR9bufu

Jul 31, 2015

Mike Schreiber's pickup has more than 942,000 miles on it. Beat that. My story: bit.ly/1MC3Fha

Jul 31, 2015

These people drive vehicles w/ 200,000+ miles b/c they WANT TO. Bless them! My dying hooptie is NOT a point of pride dispatch.com/content/storie…

At Ohio State Fair, wackier contests appeal to hard-boiled competitors

Jul 30, 2015

Wacky beards, egg-eating, Brillo-pad sculptures...the Ohio State Fair has some seriously strange contests. My story: bit.ly/1I4oNZz

Mermaid gives joy to curious children

dispatch.com — T  he children swarmed the mermaid in the shallow water, poking her scales and touching her silver-and-orange tail. Their faces reflecting amazement, they fired questions at Katelyn Quaranta-Renz: Are you real? How do you breathe underwater? Do you know Ariel?
Jul 27, 2015

Not so little mermaid from Upper Arlington gives joy to curious children... fb.me/4B41DURQr

Jul 27, 2015

Yes, we have a mermaid living in Columbus. Her name is Katelyn. Is she real? Ask her. My story: bit.ly/1KuiSk1

Jul 28, 2015

ICYMI yesterday, I spent a recent Saturday interviewing a mermaid. Then watch her swim on the video. bit.ly/1KuiSk1

With its signature location, East Side winery defies expectations

dispatch.com — The road to Kelly Harvey's winery doesn't pass quiet vineyards and pastoral meadows. Instead, visitors must wind their way through what looks like a storage-unit facility wedged between a working-class neighborhood and a commercial strip on the East Side. The plain white sign on the front of the concrete-block warehouse simply says "Signature."
Jul 09, 2015

OK, this one is my own work. One of Ohio's few female-owned wineries is tucked into an odd urban location: bit.ly/1SaY000

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Aug 27, 2015

Byline two-fer today. Wherefore, art thou Cat in the Hat? twitter.com/TerryMikesell/…

Aug 27, 2015

Upper Arlington officials turn loss of ash trees into a unique art exhibit. My story: bit.ly/1JylFTa

Aug 24, 2015

OK, that's The Who, Rolling Stones and McCartney all in 2015 in Cbus. Paging Led Zeppelin....

Aug 20, 2015

When a 9-year-old tells me that Shakespeare's plays are "really old, like 1800s or something." #200years #plusorminus

Aug 19, 2015

Sad to hear @BeauBishop is leaving CBus. Always a true pro. Handled this bumbling scribe well back in my Wall to Wall Sports days.


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