Randy Ludlow

Randy has been a journalist since 1972, when he began reporting for The Indianapolis News in his hometown at the age of 16. After attending Indiana University, he was an award-winning reporter and city editor at The Shelbyville (Ind.) News. He spent 19 years as an editor and reporter at The Cincinnati Post, including a decade as its Statehouse bureau chief and weekly columnist in Columbus. He joined The Columbus Dispatch in 2002 as a senior reporter and specializes in breaking news and investigative reporting.

For his crusade for government openness, and fight for public records that led to stories that prompted the removal or resignation of three state cabinet directors, Randy was honored with the national 2010 First Amendment Award bestowed by the Associated Press Managing Editors association.

Randy has won several dozen other journalism awards, including Indiana's and Ohio's top investigative reporting prizes, and has been recognized by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists as the best reporter in the state.

The Central Ohio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored Randy with its 2010 First Amendment Award for his pursuit of public records in reporting and his blog, Your Right to Know. The Ohio SPJ likewise presented Randy with its "Best Defense of the First Amendment" award in 2011.

Randy currently serves as a trustee of the Ohio Coalition for Open Government, a nonprofit affiliated with the Ohio Newspaper Association that works to secure government transparency. He also has served as president of the Indiana Collegiate Press Association, Queen City chapter (Cincinnati) of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Ohio Legislative Correspondents Association.