Business Journal Launches ‘Byline Breakdown’ Podcast

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Business Journal has introduced a new weekly podcast titled “Byline Breakdown,” scheduled to be released every Thursday starting today.

The podcast is designed to delve deeper into the stories that are affecting the Mahoning and Shenango valleys. Each episode will spotlight a conversation between host Mike Moliterno, chief operating officer of The Business Journal, and a veteran reporter from the publication.

Listeners can anticipate in-depth discussions surrounding the formation of the story, the challenges faced during reporting, and the key takeaways and lessons learned from it.

“I believe that the stories we cover, and the process of how we cover them, offer valuable insights,” Moliterno says. “The Byline Breakdown provides a platform where we can share behind-the-scenes looks at the journalism that shapes our community.”

The inaugural episode kicks off with a two-part conversation with Dan O’Brien, managing editor of The Business Journal, centered on the latest developments at Lordstown Motors. Moliterno and O’Brien discuss the sequence of events leading up to the potential sale of its assets to LAS Capital and the company’s founder and former CEO, Steve Burns.

O’Brien has been following the Lordstown Motors story from its inception and covers the electric vehicle industry.

O’Brien, with his extensive reporting on the matter, shares his insights. “It’s a complex scenario: Burns’ exit last year, the subsequent bankruptcy, and now this asset sale – it paints a vivid picture of the volatility in the EV space,” he observes.

Apart from gaining insights into the journalistic process, the podcast aims to build a deeper connection between readers of The Business Journal and the reporters who serve them.

The venture is also in line with the commitment of the publication to transparent and in-depth journalism.

“We want to share with our audience not only the story itself but also the dedication and effort it takes to bring it to them,” Moliterno says.

Listeners can catch “Byline Breakdown” on popular podcast platforms and also on

Pictured at top: Mike Moliterno, chief operating officer of The Business Journal, and Dan O’Brien, managing editor of The Business Journal.

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