Auditor Yost Appoints Former Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison as Communications Director

Monday, March 21, 2016

Columbus – Auditor of State Dave Yost announced today that former Columbus Dispatch Editor Ben Marrison will be joining the Auditor of State’s office as Communications Director for the Public Affairs Department.

“Ben’s extensive media experience and management expertise will be a great addition to our office,” Auditor Yost said. “He is a trusted name in Columbus and all over the state of Ohio, and we are fortunate to have him join our team.”

“The state auditor’s office embodies those things that I always tried to do as a journalist: be transparent, provide public access and hold people accountable. I have a great deal of respect for the way Dave Yost has conducted himself as state auditor and as Delaware County prosecutor. His decisions are rooted in doing the right things by taxpayers without regard to politics,” Marrison said.  “The position of director of communications provides me the opportunity to continue my public service, to help citizens understand how their money is being spent, and to better understand government operations -- something I’ve been fascinated with since my earliest days as a reporter.”

Marrison joins the Auditor of State’s office after leading the Columbus Dispatch newsroom for 16 years.  Prior to his time with the Dispatch, Marrison was the Columbus bureau chief for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and reported on government for both the Plain Dealer and The Toledo Blade early in his career.  Marrison has a journalism degree from Bowling Green State University.



The Auditor of State’s office, one of five independently elected statewide offices in Ohio, is responsible for auditing more than 5,800 state and local government agencies.  Under the direction of Auditor Dave Yost, the office also provides financial services to local governments, investigates and prevents fraud in public agencies and promotes transparency in government.

Carrie Bartunek
Director of Communications