Columbus Dispatch Statehouse reporter Jim Siegel passes away

Jim Siegel, a Statehouse reporter with the Columbus Dispatch, appears on 10TV in 2015. (WBNS-TV)

The Columbus Dispatch said its Statehouse reporter, Jim Siegel, passed away Tuesday at the age of 46.

Siegel was a great father and husband and had the utmost respect from people in the journalism field.

The Columbus Dispatch said Siegel started at the newspaper in 2005 and has covered the Ohio government since.

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He also worked at the Columbus bureau of the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Mansfield News Journal, according to the Dispatch.

Siegel was also respected by those he covered.

In a statement to the newspaper, Governor Mike DeWine said, "Fran and I are so sorry to learn of the death of Jim Siegel. Jim was one of the most respected members of the Statehouse news corps. Jim had a gift for explaining the complexities of state government and the legislative process to all his readers."

“Jim was a newsman’s newsman — a professional who treated everyone with kindness and respect, even when pressing lawmakers on difficult questions. And state officials treated him with respect because they knew that he was doing his job and that he would always be fair," said Dispatch Editor Alan D. Miller.

Siegel is survived by his wife, sons, parents, sisters, and other family members.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.