ODNR Names Andy Chow as new Chief of Communications

Mar 5, 2024 | Ottawa Outdoors | 0 comments

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has announced Andy Chow as the department’s new chief of communications.

“Andy has been a great asset to the department since joining in 2023, and we’re thrilled to bring him into this new leadership role,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “From the start, it’s been clear Andy has a passion for the great outdoors and ODNR’s mission for conservation, outdoor recreation and the stewardship of Ohio’s natural resources.”

Chow has spent the last year as ODNR’s media and outreach specialist, working with news outlets and the public to broaden the department’s message. He joined ODNR after a career as a statehouse reporter for Ohio’s NPR stations.

A lifelong Ohioan and Eagle Scout, Chow grew up camping, hiking and paddling all around the state.

“I’m proud to be among ODNR’s passionate staff that works every day to carry out the department’s legacy of stewardship,” Chow said. “I’m honored to be telling ODNR’s stories, especially in a year full of milestones and once-in-a-lifetime events.”

In 2024, ODNR is celebrating its 75th anniversary with special events throughout the year. The department is also preparing to serve communities and host people from around the world for the total solar eclipse in April. Later this year, ODNR plans to open Ohio’s new state park—Great Council State Park in Xenia.

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