Jennifer Smola Shaffer, The Columbus Dispatch

Jennifer Smola Shaffer

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Past articles by Jennifer:

1 dead, 2 hospitalized after I-270 crash on Southeast Side

One person is dead and two others were hospitalized following a crash on Interstate 270 Sunday. → Read More

How to look up your doctor's disciplinary history in Ohio

Disciplinary history for all Ohio doctors is available online. Here's how to find it, what it includes, and what it leaves out. → Read More

Dozens gather in Columbus to protest Memphis police killing of Tyre Nichols

Protesters gathered in Columbus Saturday after officials released video footage of the fatal police beating of Tyre Nichols in Memphis, Tennessee. → Read More

Organizers cancel drag storytime amid Proud Boys protest, say Columbus police 'offered nothing'

Organizers of the canceled drag storytime event said Columbus police "offered nothing" when they reached out with concerns about Proud Boy protests. → Read More

Two killed, one injured in sports bar shooting on Columbus' Hilltop

Two were killed and at least one other person was injured in the shooting at Cain's Sports Bar. → Read More

Did AEP outages disproportionately impact poor city neighborhoods? Here's what data shows

Columbus-area civic leaders continue to seek answers about how AEP decided which neighborhoods to cut power to after map indicates poor ones hit hard. → Read More

Columbus Zoo 'clings to secrecy' construction company says in Ohio Supreme Court suit

Meade Construction, which got a no-bid contract for a project at The Wilds from the zoo's former CEO, wants the zoo classified as a public entity. → Read More

Former Columbus Zoo CEO Tom Stalf to pay back $400,000; attorney says he was 'scapegoat'

Stalf’s settlement agreement comes nearly a year after he resigned following a Dispatch investigation that revealed his improper use of zoo resources. → Read More

Former employees agree to repay Columbus Zoo

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and its former chief financial officer have reached an agreement to repay the zoo after he and other executives were found to → Read More

COVID surges interest in new RVs and boats as Ohio show returns for 42nd year after pandemic break

This weekend marks the return of the annual show, which took a hiatus in 2021 amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It runs through Jan. 16. → Read More

Son's death in one of two Columbus homicides Friday is latest tragedy for East Side mother

Columbus police are investigating after a 35-year-old man was shot on the East Side and a body was found in a burning vehicle in Franklinton. → Read More

Columbus Zoo loses accreditation appeal with Association of Zoos & Aquariums

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums denied the Columbus Zoo’s accreditation Monday after hearing the zoo’s appeal. → Read More

Compost Clubhouse organization inspires Columbus-area kids to reconsider food waste

Between school programs and residential compost pickups, Compost Clubhouse is now serving 26 Columbus-area neighborhoods. → Read More

Columbus Transgender Day of Remembrance honors lives taken in deadliest year on record

The observances in Columbus and around the world honored the memory of people killed in acts of anti-transgender violence this year. → Read More

Ohio State reduces some 2022 football season ticket prices as new model begins

The cost of the lowest-priced 2022 football season ticket has dropped by more than 20 percent, Ohio State announced Thursday. → Read More

Parents file lawsuit in federal court challenging Chillicothe schools mask requirement

The suit, filed Monday, argued the district's mask requirement violates students' constitutional rights. → Read More

Columbus Zoo loses accreditation after leadership issues, animal programs concerns

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium plans to appeal the Association of Zoos and Aquariums decision to deny its accreditation. → Read More

New Columbus Zoo leader Tom Schmid seeks to regain community's trust

When Tom Schmid was called about the Columbus Zoo director job, he said he realized it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. → Read More

Columbus Zoo expected to vote on new director

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's board is expected to vote on a new zoo director to replace Tom Stalf, who resigned amid allegations of misspending. → Read More

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium lost at least $631,000 because of misspending by former officials

Five months after former President and CEO Tom Stalf and chief financial officer Greg Bell resigned, new forensic audit reports reveal more details. → Read More