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Tristan Navera

(February 8, 2012) — Tristan Navera is a 2011 graduate of Ohio University. His eclectic college experience included two years in Army ROTC and concentrations in military science, political communications, biology and a degree in Journalism. He spent two years working for WOUB, the university’s public radio station as well as three years at The Post, the independent student newspaper where he served as assistant campus editor.

His other work experiences have spanned the field of journalism including an internship at Dayton’s WHIO-TV channel 7 news station, a features intern at The Athens Messenger, and a business news intern at The Dayton Daily News in addition to his fellowship at the Dispatch. Tristan is currently a Dayton-based freelance writer contributing to such publications as The Independent Restaurateur magazine and Dayton Business 2 Business.


‘Heartbeat bill’ would have big influence across state

(December 17, 2011) — Under existing Ohio law, Allison Bowers and Carrie Holt had a choice.


Protesters fire up Issue 2 rally

(November 2, 2011) — HANOVERTON, Ohio Wide gaps in funding and polling might suggest otherwise, but there is still a fight to be had over Issue 2.


Occupy Columbus lunch to put focus on SB 5

(November 1, 2011) — With a week to go until Election Day, Occupy Columbus is hoping to stir up discussion about the implications of Senate Bill 5.


Oval becomes forum for students’ gripes

(October 25, 2011) — Droves of Ohio State University students braved cloudy skies today to vent their frustrations and spread the message of the Occupy Wall Street movement.


Group challenges personhood issue

(October 21, 2011) — A newly formed group filed a legal challenge yesterday to a proposed amendment that would ban abortion from conception.


Supreme Court puts on a legal show in Hillsboro

(October 20, 2011) — HILLSBORO, Ohio As justices from the Ohio Supreme Court listened to arguments yesterday in Hillsboro, the already-cramped room was packed tighter than a pack of cigarettes.


Protesters can’t occupy park

(October 18, 2011) — Organizers of the Occupy Columbus movement, denied their request to set up camp Downtown, have found themselves without a permanent base.


Anti-abortion group begins push for constitutional amendment

(October 14, 2011) — An Ohio anti-abortion-rights group has gained enough signatures to begin its push for a constitutional amendment, to the chagrin of many opponents.


Protesters urge passage of jobs bill

(October 12, 2011) — A second day of Downtown protests brought more than 100 people to the Statehouse yesterday calling for jobs and “economic accountability.”


Ohio’s training-test rule trips up volunteer firefighters

(October 11, 2011) — A state law that was meant to keep firefighters up-to-date on training is costing some departments their volunteers.


Photos from Occupy Columbus demonstration

(October 10, 2011) — These photos were taken on October 10, 2011 by Tristan Navera (Columbus Dispatch)


Occupy Columbus rally aims to show unity with protesters on Wall Street

(October 10, 2011) — When 71-year-old Sara Dawson told her children she’d be coming to the Occupy Columbus rally today, they asked if they should have bail money ready.


Man was dedicated to Upper Arlington

(September 30, 2011) — Services will be held next week for Clark P. Pritchett Jr., a former Upper Arlington mayor and community leader, who has died of cancer.


Former Upper Arlington mayor dies

(September 29, 2011) — Services will be held next week for Clark P. Pritchett Jr., former Upper Arlington mayor and community leader, who has died of cancer.


City wants to hook up 1,000 jobless

(September 27, 2011) — Officials in Columbus hope to find jobs for 1,000 people in less than two months.


Job fairs seek to fill 1,000 positions

(September 26, 2011) — A new jobs initiative has a bold goal: to find jobs for at least 1,000 unemployed people in central Ohio by the end of the year.


Jury rejects self-defense in shooting

(September 24, 2011) — For the second time, Barnell Edward Ellis stood before a jury this week to say he killed Armond Paul Dunlap Jr. in self-defense.


‘Pill mill’ operator sentenced to more than 10 years in prison

(September 22, 2011) — The second of three women accused of running a “pill mill” in Columbus will see prison time. Charlene Breedlove-Jones, 53, was sentenced to 10 years, 10 months, in prison and must pay $4,011 in restitution.


OSU plan for geothermal wells between a rock and hard place

(September 21, 2011) — An Ohio State University plan to drill 450 geothermal wells to help heat and cool several buildings has run aground as soil conditions proved more difficult than expected.


$23,000 far from enough for Mount Sterling police

(September 13, 2011) — MOUNT STERLING, Ohio Residents have donated almost $23,000 to keep the local police force on the streets, but this town’s troubles are far from over.


Bedbug complaints jump in central Ohio

(September 10, 2011) — Bedbugs have been creeping from American households into hotels and now businesses, too.