Mitch Felan

Mitch Felan is a news intern for WKSU. He is a multimedia journalist with experience in print, television, radio and visual journalism. Felan is a junior at Kent State University, working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Multimedia Journalism. During the school year, Felan works for Kent State Student Media in TV2, The Kent Stater, and KentWired. He will be serving as the Digital Director for Kent State University's Student Media Newsroom in the Fall.  

The Ohio ACLU is warning that a plan to install a series of license plate scanners to catch criminals in Northeast Ohio could violate privacy rights.

University Hospitals in Cleveland is hoping to help residents in the Fairfax neighborhood with a new kind of prescription:  healthy food. The system will open a food pharmacy there next year.

Residents of Fairfax, which county officials declared a food desert, disproportionally suffer from health issues like hypertension, strokes and obesity.

Ohio has begun a lottery to give residents a chance to buy a bottle of a rare Kentucky bourbon.

From now until Nov. 17, state residents 21 and older can enter for an opportunity to buy a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle. Tickets are available at any of the 465 contract state liquor stores around Ohio. Customers must then register those tickets online.

Lindsey LeBerth is a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Commerce.

The Ohio EPA says a fire at the illegal Arco dumpsite in East Cleveland over the weekend does not pose any immediate threat to residents in the surrounding area. The agency started monitoring air quality Saturday and reports improvement throughout the weekend.  

Heidi Griesmer is a spokeswoman for the EPA.


U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown is criticizing a Senate vote last night that will make it harder for consumers to sue financial companies. The rollback affects institutions like credit-card companies and banks, and lifts regulations by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on “forced arbitration” clauses that are able to stop class-action lawsuits.

Washington Post

During a live-streamed conversation at The Washington Post, Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman discussed the possibility of President Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

Bids were due Thursday from cities hoping to land Amazon’s second headquarters. Alongside Ohio’s large cities – including Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus- the small city of Niles is hoping it may have a chance.

Bids are due tomorrow from cities hoping to get the nod to land Amazon’s second headquarters. Niles is among those hoping it has a chance.

The Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber is submitting Enterprise Park on its application. The undeveloped property is more than 100 acres and is located near Eastwood Mall.

During a live-streamed conversation, Ohio's U.S. Sen. Rob Portman discussed the possibility President Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

Jade Davis, with the port, says the memorandum could lead to great economic opportunities for Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Cleveland’s Port Authority has taken the first step to boost trade with Cuba. The authority signed a non-binding memorandum with Cuban officials during a visit to the island earlier this month.