Steven Marks, President, Hannah News Service Inc.

Steven Marks

A graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature. Since 1985, he has held many posts in and around state legislatures. Since 2002, he has served as President of Hannah News Service, Inc., the premier legislative news, information and research service in Ohio and Illinois. He is managing member and co-founder of Silent Partner Software, Ltd., a legislative management software development firm. He is also the founder and co-owner of Hannah News Service-Midwest, LLC, a sister company with operations in Indiana & Kentucky.

Active in both the Delaware and Columbus communities, Steve is a member of the Columbus Metropolitan Club, where he currently serves on the Board of Trustees, the Program Committee and the Resource Development Committee. He was a member of the Leadership Columbus Signature Program Class of 2016 and has also served as Chair of the Board and Finance Committee of the Delaware Morrow County Mental Health and Recovery Services Board. In 2010, he was elected national treasurer and to the Board of Trustees of NOLA, the national organization for legislative tracking companies and Steve is also a member of and frequent contributor to the Ohio Society of Association Executives.

He has been happily married to Vanessa since 1990. They have four successful children: Megan, Preston, Haley & Jack and three not so successful dogs. He resides in Central Ohio.

Judith Bird, Hannah News

Judith Tieman Bird

Judith brought more than 30 years’ experience tracking Capitol Square activities to The Hannah Report when she joined the reporting staff in 2002. She has focused on human services, state budgeting and nonprofit issues. Judith became publisher of The Hannah Report in 2007. She also writes and edits the Capitol Monitor which covers human service and nonprofit issues exclusively since it was launched in 2002.

Judith earned a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in English from Capital University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. For over 30 years, she wrote Ohio United Way’s Legislative Bulletin which tracked human service legislation for service providers and volunteers around the state.

She is married and has two sons and a foster daughter.

Jack Lynch, Hannah News

Jack Lynch

Jack began working at Hannah News Service in January of 2017, using his writing and retail experience to inform a client-centric approach to his position as Director of Sales.

After performing in the Ohio State University Marching Band for three years a member of the baritone section, Jack graduated from OSU with a Bachelor’s degree in English, minoring in behavioral neuroscience. He’s since been an advocate for Columbus’ thriving arts scene, writing for independent publications such as (614) Magazine with a focus on music.

A life-long resident of Columbus, Jack lives in Olde Towne East with his pet goldfish, Gil.

Noah Blundo, Hannah News Service

Noah Blundo

Noah Blundo is executive editor of Hannah News. He joined the staff as a reporter in 2008. Noah covers education, health- and health care-related legislation and public pension funds. He also is involved in compiling and updating the legislative hearing schedule, editing Capitol Review and writing the “Week in Review” section of The Hannah Report.

Noah previously worked as a reporter, copy editor and page designer at The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia. His other experiences include work at The Post, Ohio University’s independent student newspaper, and internships for The Columbus Dispatch and The Vindicator in Youngstown. He graduated in 2006 with a journalism degree from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University.

He lives in Clintonville with his wife, Elizabeth.

Paul Teasley, Hannah News

Paul Teasley

Paul has been editor of The Hannah Report since 2005, focusing on energy and utilities, workforce and economic development, criminal justice and the courts.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude in English from the University of Houston Honors College and a master’s degree in English from Miami University (Ohio). His professional journey encompassed adult education, certified quality control, social service management, big-city news, and the law. Paul is former news bureau chief of Westwood One – Columbus and former audit reporting manager for Bracewell & Giuliani.

Paul lives in Clintonville with his wife, Terri, and has a grown daughter, Chloe. He enjoys cycling, Texas blues, and all kinds of people, and is a member of Xenos Christian Fellowship in Columbus.

Shane Stegmiller, Hannah News

Shane Stegmiller

Shane Stegmiller has been a reporter with Hannah News Service since 2003. He covers elections and higher education and gambling issues, among other areas.

He previously worked for Capitolwire, a legislative news service formerly owned by the Associated Press, and for the Marion Star, where he covered the court system. He is responsible for Ohio News Wire, a service of Hannah News.

A native of Columbus, he is married and has a daughter, Lily, and a son, Alex.

Danny Eldredge, Hannah News

Danny Eldredge

Danny Eldredge started working as a full-time reporter with Hannah News Service in September 2013, after working part time with the company since April 2012. He covers transportation, natural resources, agriculture, marijuana and the environment.

In 2010, Danny earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and politics and government from Ohio Wesleyan University, where he worked as editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Transcript.

He lives in Delaware with his partner Rachel and their son Isaac.

Spenser Hickey, Hannah News

Spenser Hickey

Spenser Hickey is an editorial assistant and reporter, with a focus on the Ohio Senate and legislative committees. He joined Hannah News Service in November 2016 after working at The Marion Star covering local politics, courts and crime.

He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2015 with a degree in journalism and wrote for the student newspaper The Transcript. Currently, he lives in Delaware after growing up in the Dayton area.

While in college, he completed a summer internship with the Dayton Daily News and also covered Delaware city government and area athletics. A long-time (though long-suffering) Cincinnati sports fan, he’s now happily rooting for the Blue Jackets as well.

Ben Postlethwait, Hannah News

Ben Postlethwait

Ben began working at Hannah News Service in February of 2017 as an editorial assistant and reporter with a focus on the House of Representatives and its legislative committees.

In 2016, Ben graduated with a degree in Journalism from the Honors Tutorial College at Ohio University. While in college, he worked for several media outlets, including four years as a radio and digital audio producer at WOUB Public Media. His work earned him internships at WBUR in Boston, Massachusetts and at the Ohio Statehouse, where he honed his skills reporting on the state government for WCPO.com

He currently lives outside Dayton, where he enjoys exploring the Miami Valley and central Ohio with his partner April.

Ashley Bird, Hannah News

Ashley Bird

Ashley Bird has been a part-time reporter for The Hannah Report since 2004, focusing on environmental, energy and technology issues. He also regularly covers the House Health and Aging Committee as well as other hearings of the Ohio Legislature as needed. His duties have also included covering the annual Legislative Summits of the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Prior to joining Hannah News, Ashley was employed as an engineer and manager with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for over 22 years. His previous experience also includes work as a consulting engineer in water resources and the power industry, and research related to offshore oil structures.

Ashley is a Vietnam War veteran, where he served in the U.S. Navy Seabees as a senior petty officer. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Malaysia, working as an engineer on fishing port development and irrigation projects. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in civil engineering from Northwestern University. He is married and has two sons and a foster daughter.