Jennifer Smola Shaffer, The Columbus Dispatch

Jennifer Smola Shaffer

The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus, OH, United States

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Recent articles by Jennifer:

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

Conservation Game documentary ties Columbus Zoo, Hanna to unchecked big cat trade

The Conservation Game documentary claims zoo officials, including Jack Hanna, misrepresented where the animals shown on TV came from. → Read More

Doo Dah parade makes irreverent return in Columbus after COVID

After last year’s hiatus from the usual Doo Dah antics, fans of the no-rules event, now in its 38th year, were delighted to be back. → Read More

Columbus police investigating after body discovered in North Linden alley

The body of a male victim who had been shot was discovered in an alley behind Azelda Street early Sunday. → Read More

Columbus Zoo drops some animal vendors after Jack Hanna's inclusion in documentary

A new documentary, as well as ongoing internal reviews, led the Columbus Zoo to cut ties with some animal vendors that don't follow certain standards. → Read More

'This office will get to the bottom of it.' Columbus Zoo investigations: Here's where things stand

Here's where the various reviews involving the Columbus Zoo stand after a Dispatch report uncovered improper use of resources by zoo executives. → Read More

A 'public nonprofit': How much are taxpayers allowed to know about Columbus Zoo operations?

A key issue for the Ohio Ethics Commission is the nonprofit zoo's participation in the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS). → Read More

Columbus Zoo board seeks integrity

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium board members hope their next CEO and president will bring high integrity, experience running a complex organization and a commit → Read More

Columbus Zoo board seeks integrity, experience, diversity in leader after resignations

Amid investigations and the resignations of top executives, Columbus Zoo board members said they want integrity, experience and diversity in new CEO. → Read More

Ohio Auditor reviewing Columbus Zoo for the first time amid resignations, investigations

Ohio Auditor Keith Faber will audit the Columbus Zoo, adding to a growing list of reviews and investigations into the taxpayer-supported nonprofit. → Read More

Columbus Zoo board discusses transparency, changes amid investigations

Former Columbus Zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf and Chief Financial Officer Greg Bell resigned in March amid allegations of misspending zoo funds. → Read More

Columbus Zoo won't share investigation details; Commissioners call for transparency

Columbus officials said they won't share details of the investigation into executives' use of zoo resources. → Read More

Columbus Zoo hires outside firm to investigate executives' use of zoo resources

The external investigation comes after The Dispatch reported on the personal use of zoo resources by family members of executives at the taxpayer-supported nonprofit organization. → Read More

A look at Ohio State University athletic doctor Richard Strauss’ career, abuse and death

For more than two years, Ohio State University, its staff and alumni have been dealing with the revelations about years of sexual abuse of athletes. → Read More

Columbus Zoo executives may face investigation from Ohio Ethics Commission

The Ohio Ethics Commission will consider Friday whether to launch an investigation into two Columbus Zoo and Aquarium executives. → Read More

Columbus Zoo board reviewing officials' personal use of zoo assets

Top Columbus Zoo and Aquarium executives have allowed relatives to live in houses owned or controlled by the zoo, a Dispatch investigation found. → Read More

Ohio University again plans for virtual spring commencement as COVID pandemic continues

The news makes OU one of the first Ohio public universities to announce intentions for spring commencement ceremonies. → Read More