Former Editor and Associate Publisher, Columbus Dispatch
Michael F. Curtin is retired from The Columbus Dispatch, after a 38-year career as a reporter, editor and associate publisher. He also served as president, chief operating officer and vice chairman of The Dispatch Printing Company. During much of his newspaper career, Curtin specialized in the coverage of state and local government, public policy and electoral politics. He is co-author of The Ohio Politics Almanac, now in its 3rd edition, published by Kent State University Press.
Following his retirement from The Dispatch, Curtin served two terms (2013-2016) in the Ohio House of Representatives, elected from the 17th District, serving the West and South sides of Columbus. Curtin served as a member of the Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission, which made recommendations for updating the state’s foundation document. Besides serving on the board of the Ohio Expo Center, Curtin currently serves on the boards of the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority, the Mount Carmel Foundation, the Columbus International Visitors Center and the Washington Gladden Social Justice Park.
A native of Columbus, Curtin is a 1973 graduate of The Ohio State University School of Journalism. He is a licensed umpire for the Ohio High School Athletic Association, and for more than two decades has umpired high-school baseball and fastpitch softball throughout Central Ohio. He and his wife Sharon have two adult children and four grandchildren.