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 Akron Beacon Journal’s new president and publisher spoke at the Akron Roundtable Thursday about the newspaper’s future under its new owner, Gatehouse Media.

After 22 years of New Year’s Eve celebrations, First Night Akron is ending. The Downtown Akron Partnership, which organizes the event, said declining attendance and changing trends over the years led to the decision.

Sharon Gillberg is the partnership’s Communications Director.

Biomedical engineering students from the University of Akron have developed a specially-made fishing pole to help a local boy with cerebral palsy enjoy fishing. Students used 3-D printing and special mounts to create a pole that could be used with the six-year-old’s wheelchair.

Dr. Brian Davis, the chair of the university’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, said projects like these are good practice for students.

The Wick Poetry Center at Kent State University is getting $50,000 to help make poetry more interactive.

The center is using a grant from the Knight Foundation Art and Technology Prototype Fund to create what it calls the Traveling Stanzas Listening Wall.

The Akron Community Revitalization Fund is helping the Middlebury Commons project with construction of retail space with a $1.6 million loan.

Chris Burnham, president of the Development Finance Authority of Summit County, says it is an important investment.

Stark County’s primary provider of crisis services is getting some help to stay in operation.

Coleman Professional Services is taking over management of the Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center.

The recent change in how Ohio pays for behavioral health services for low-income patients has caused challenges for healthcare agencies like C-I-R-C.

A new report finds that millions of people in Ohio continue to be exposed to excessive amounts of air pollution. The study was put together by the advocacy group Environment Ohio.

Ohio Governor John Kasich
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Gov. John Kasich is joining the chorus of voices opposing a Trump administration immigration policy separating immigrant families at the United States border. Speaking on MSNBC on Monday, Kasich blasted the practice.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is joining the chorus of voices opposing a Trump immigration policy separating immigrant families at the United States border. Speaking on MSNBC Monday, Kasich blasted the practice.

“Think about this. Think about the fact that in our country, children, young children are being separated from their mothers and fathers. Could you imagine the terrifying effect on these kids?” he said.

A historic Stark County house that was once on the Underground Railroad is up for sale. The property was built in the mid-1800’s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Gloria Schreiber with the Marlboro Township Historical Society says her group hopes to buy the house and use it for educational purposes.