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StateImpact Ohio Bids Fond Farewell to Reporter Ida Lieszkovszky

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Friday, July 19, 2013 at 9:00 AM

StateImpact Ohio reporter Ida Lieszkovszky has moved on to become a producer for WCPN's daily call-in talk show The Sound of Ideas.

Over the past two years, Ida has produced dozens of in-depth pieces exploring the impact of state education policy.

She traveled to rural schools to find out why they can't get levies passed, braved the Statehouse to report on what exactly lawmakers were doing to the state's school funding formula and brought her recording kit to a sheep shearing lesson to report on agricultural education.

She reported on the use of seclusion rooms in Ohio schools, Ohio's new teacher evaluation system and why kids still get the summer off.

And Ida, as the the more fashionable half of StateImpact Ohio, did it all with five extra pairs of heels in her car's trunk -- just in case the circumstances required a change.

As Ida's colleague, I can testify firsthand to her great reserves of patience, kindness and smarts.

Ida's work with StateImpact has been recognized by the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association, the Cleveland Press Club and others. And, perhaps more importantly, the high quality of her work has been recognized by readers and listeners throughout the state.

Good luck, Ida.

And one last time: It's pronounced "Ee-duh Lee-uh-skov-ski." Yes, it does look like it should be pronounced like Eye-duh. No, it's not. Yes, there are a lot of letters in the last name. No, it's actually Hungarian.

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