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.  

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams spoke to the Akron Roundtable today about community trust, police responsibility and the status of reforms in his department.

The audience asked Williams whether Cleveland police would be prepared for an event like the violent unrest at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last week.


A new survey finds that four Ohio metropolitan areas have some of the biggest shares of seriously underwater homes in the country, and Cleveland tops the list.

The study by California-based ATTOM Data Solutions, defines a seriously underwater home as one with mortgage loans worth 25 percent or more than its value. The company’s senior vice president, Daren Blomquist, says Cleveland’s top ranking is not all bad news.


Donald Trump speaking on campaign trail.
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Policy Matters Ohio says President Trump has a long way to go before delivering on his promise to restore blue-collar jobs in the state.

Kent State University is expanding its Center for Applied Conflict Management and refining its mission.

The center, which used to be under the university’s political science department, will now be called the School of Peace and Conflict Studies and will have its own full-time faculty.

The school’s director, Patrick Coy, says the change will give Kent State a bigger profile for its work in conflict management and social change.


Policy Matters Ohio says President Trump has a long way to go before delivering on his promise to restore blue-collar jobs in the state.

Cleveland is taking issue with a study from a group affiliated with the United Nations that says Northeast Ohio's largest city is one of the least sustainable big cities in the country.

The study by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranked the city 99th out of the 100 most-populated cities. The report takes into account poverty, unemployment and high CO2 emissions.

A national nurses union is developing protocols for treating opioid patients after three Massillon, Ohio, nurses they represent were treated for fentanyl exposure.

A national nurses union is developing protocols for treating opioid patients after three Massillon nurses they represent were treated for fentanyl exposure.

The nurses from Affinity Medical Center were treated with Narcan after cleaning a patient’s room last week.

Michelle Mahon is with National Nurses United.


Green is taking the first step to rebuild its historic schoolhouse that was destroyed by arson last year.

The city council approved Akron-based architects Braun and Steidel to make a new design for the old schoolhouse, which was located in Boettler Park. The brick shell of the building will be the base of the new construction.

A local brewing company has created a commemorative beer to christen the tunnel boring machine being used on Akron's billion dollar sewer project.

The Thirsty Dog beer is called “Rosie Digs Akron", named after the machine.

Co-owner John Najeway says his company was chosen due to its prominence in the city.


Akron is giving residents a chance to own a piece of city history with the sale of bricks from the iconic B.F. Goodrich smokestacks. 350 bricks are available from a project earlier this year when the city lowered one of the smokestacks due to safety concerns.

City spokesperson Ellen Lander-Nischt says many residents asked the city if they could buy them.


Youngstown City Schools are looking to hire six high school math teachers for the coming school year, and they’re willing to negotiate when it comes to salary.

Schools CEO Krish Mohip says the district’s math teacher shortage is a common problem around the country.

Canton water officials are assuring residents that water coming out of their tap is safe to drink, despite any discoloration.

The city reduced the amount of water it was pumping from its Sugarcreek wellfield following a spill of drilling mud in April from nearby construction on the Rover Pipeline. The wellfield, is a main source of drinking water for the city.

Cleveland State University has created a specialized research center to search for solutions to the opioid crisis.

The Center for Behavioral Health Sciences focuses on addiction science, policy research, education and links to mental illness. The center will work with local partners, like Saint Vincent Charity Medical Center.

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A study by a group advocating for broadband internet access has found that many Ohio adults lack the digital skills necessary to be competitive in the job market.

A study by a group advocating for broadband internet access has found that many Ohio adults lack the digital skills necessary to be competitive in the job market.

The study by Connect Ohio reports 2.5 million Ohioans do not have broadband access at home. It also finds nearly a quarter of Ohioans have problems searching for jobs online.

Executive director Stu Johnson says the issues also effect what he calls “non-adopters” or people who may have access but have barriers to using it effectively.


More than 40 buildings in Youngstown’s business district will pay extra for heating and cooling due to an emergency surcharge approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Stark County will be able to treat nearly a thousand more patients for opioid addiction after receiving a federal grant.

The $615,000will be used to expand access to opioid-recovery drugs such as suboxone and methdone  in Canton, Massillon and Alliance. The money will also allow the county to work with local hospitals to establish peer recovery programs.

John Aller is the executive director of Stark County Mental Health and Addiction Recovery board.


A conservation group is protecting the home of trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes and a rare species of fish.

The Nature Conservancy has purchased around 270 acres of Geauga County land in an area that includes wetlands and Snow Lake, which are remnants of the Ice Age. The new property is  next to Lucia Nash Preserve, which is also protected by the conservancy.

The NBA says if the renovation of Quicken Loans Arena does not start in seven weeks, Cleveland will not be considered for the 2020 or 2021 All-Star Game.

The Summit County Sheriff's Office is now offering a location for online shoppers to meet and finalize their transactions. The spot, called an “Internet Safety Zone," is monitored by a 24-hour video surveillance camera.

Inspector Bill Holland says the zone was created in response to several cases around the nation where buyers were attacked or robbed.


Akron will bring back six school zone-speed cameras after an Ohio Supreme Court decision this morning. The case challenged a state law that requires police officers must be present -- and other conditions met --when the cameras are used.

The ruling, which affected about 20 Ohio cities, found those restrictions unconstitutional.

But Akron spokeswoman Ellen Lander-Nischt says she expects the legislative attacks on speed cameras will continue.


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The Ohio EPA is distributing nearly $1 million to 35 counties to battle mosquitoes and the diseases they carry. 

The Ohio EPA is distributing a million dollars to 35 counties to battle mosquitos and the diseases they carry. 

A group advocating for gun control is planning to protest Wednesday at the Summit County Fair to try to stop the fairgrounds from being used throughout the year for private gun shows.

Summit County Progressive Democrats have been protesting at the fairgrounds for years, saying such shows around the nation facilitate sales of weapons to customers without background checks.

Cleveland City Councilman Jeff Johnson is proposing a new law to track and reduce lead hazards in the city. The ordinance would affect rental properties, schools and other public buildings, and private homes built before 1978.

The proposal also includes grants through city and non-profit organizations to pay for inspectors to check the buildings. The grants would pay part of the inspection cost for landlords and all of it for private homeowners.

A new state study reports that Ohio college students are doing more to educate themselves in sexual violence prevention.

The Ohio Department of Higher Education used data from a series of questions about university responses and education about sexual misconduct. From 2016 to 2017, students receiving prevention training at public universities grew from 29 percent to 56 percent. The number of students getting that training at private colleges also nearly doubled.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources is testing soil to determine if the problems that forced the evacuation of five families in Wadsworth are due to an abandoned mine collapse.

Three condos and one single-family home were affected.

The City of Akron is selling more than an acre of land to a food processor to expand its warehouse, a move it says will keep 82 jobs in the city.

Country Pure Foods will use the land to build a 24,000 square foot cold storage warehouse. Pure Foods is paying $35,000 for the land, which is on West Waterloo Road next to its existing warehouse space.

City spokeswoman Ellen Lander-Nischt says the company contacted the city for help.


Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are using a grant from the Department of Energy to test the durability of a newer solar panel design.

The design, PERC, is able to put out more energy than standard crystalline silicon modules, lowering the cost for solar projects. Now, the university wants to know how long this design can last in real world conditions.

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