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Todd Jones

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Author

Todd Jones

Todd Jones has been a senior writer for Ohio State Alumni Magazine and University Marketing and Communications since 2017. He also served as host of the Ohio State podcast “One Degree Greater,” featuring Buckeyes in their first years after graduation.

Todd spent three decades as a newspaper reporter, including 20 years at The Columbus Dispatch, and has received more than 50 national, state and local journalism awards. He reported on stories from Australia, Greece, Scotland, Japan and nearly every major U.S. city while covering events such as Hurricane Katrina, the Olympics and two Ohio State football national championships. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

You can usually find Todd with his face in a nonfiction book, listening to all types of music, enjoying time with his wife, Deb Bertsch, or having yet another fashion faux pas corrected by his two young-adult daughters.

Selected storytelling
Our Alumni
This family will tell you: One blind date started it all

Or maybe it was the scholarships. Either way, the result is 10 Buckeyes, 13 degrees and a special love for Ohio State.

Research & Innovation
This project will track bees using their DNA  

Funded by the Defense Department, the professor-alumnus collaboration is intended to help protect crucial pollinators. 

Research & Innovation
Why Pelotonia makes this cancer researcher cry

Abby Zalenski’s grandpa lived thanks to a charity ride-funded treatment, and that put her on a path to help others. 

Our Students
60 years apart, scientists share zeal for discovery

Kristin Chesnutt is the first recipient of the Nancy Byrd Johnson and Howard M. Johnson endowment, and a kindred spirit.

Research & Innovation
He sees the potential for data to do good 

Researcher Ayaz Hyder turns insights from the pandemic into tools that can help us better navigate future public health crises. 

Campus & Community
President Kristina M. Johnson answers your questions

She talks about helping students, teaching financial literacy, fall highlights and the toughest times of her life.

Our Alumni
With his whole heart

Howard M. Johnson found love, a passion for science and a bright future — all on a campus hundreds of miles from home. With generosity, he and his late wife are lighting the way for others.

Campus & Community
This storyteller’s No. 1 priority is listening

Leticia Wiggins ’11, ’13 MA, ’16 PhD dedicates herself to authentically reflecting the Ohioans who enrich our community. 

Our Alumni
The man behind CAPA’s curtain shares a day

At Columbus’ premier performing arts group, CEO Chad Whittington ’99 expertly juggles priorities so the shows can go on.

Campus & Community
Kids programming parents can feel good about

Original shows, national series and local events provided by WOSU make for rich resources for families and teachers.