Andrew Meyer

News Director, WKSU

Andrew joined WKSU News in 2014.  He oversees the daily operations of the WKSU news department and its reporters and hosts, coordinates daily coverage, and serves as editor.  His commitment is to help foster reporting that marks the best of what public radio has to offer:  a mix of first-rate journalism with great storytelling. His responsibilities also include long-term strategic planning for news coverage in Northeast Ohio that serves WKSU’s audience via on-air, online, by social media and through emerging technologies.  You can also hear Andrew on-air daily as the local host for Here and Now, Fresh Air, and The World.

Before joining the staff of WKSU, Andrew was previously assistant news director at WBGO-FM in Newark, NJ. Along with his management duties there, he also anchored afternoon drive time news, reported on local and regional stories and hosted a monthly call-in program with then-Newark Mayor Cory Booker, among others. Before he became a full-time staff member at WBGO in 1998, he worked as a freelance reporter/producer in the New York metropolitan area. He was also a stringer for a number of networks including NPR, ABC Radio and AP Radio.

During his career, Andrew has been recognized with a number of awards, including, nationally, from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) and, in the New Jersey/New York area, from the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters Association, the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and others. He served twice as president of the New Jersey Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

Andrew was born in Louisville, KY, and holds the commission of Colonel in the Honorable Order of  Kentucky Colonels. He and his family now live in Hudson.

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Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump (right).
Associated Press

A new poll that shows President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in Ohio. It also reveals that Biden’s “strong” supporters here outnumber Trump’s, a snapshot of the state less than 100 days from an election that will determine whether Ohio continues its unmatched swing-state streak.

A new poll that shows President Donald Trump trailing former Vice President Joe Biden in Ohio also reveals that Mr. Biden’s “strong” supporters here outnumber Mr. Trump’s, a snapshot of the state less than 100 days from an election that will determine whether Ohio continues its unmatched swing-state streak.

Face masks will be required in public throughout Summit County beginning Friday at 6:00 p.m. The county was moved up to level red Thursday afternoon on Ohio’s coronavirus risk level map.

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 3, 2020:

After almost 24 years on the air at WKSU and more than four decades in radio, Mark Pennell is retiring.

On the day of his last shift here, we wanted to take a moment  to look back at that time in radio and some of the history he’s witnessed during that time.

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, June 12:

  • Dr. Amy Acton resigns as Ohio Department of Health Director 
  • Ohio House proposes creation of violent police database
  • ACLU calls for resignation of State Senator Huffman following racial comments
  • Summit County Fair still on despite coronavirus
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame set to reopen June 15th
  • Jack Hanna to retire from Columbus Zoo after 42 years

Dr. Amy Acton resigns as Ohio Department of Health Director 

Students visit the site of the May 4, 1970, shootings during the annual commemoration in 1974.
Larry Roberts / Kent State University Library

Monday marks the 50th anniversary of the day National Guardsmen opened fire on Kent State University students protesting the Vietnam War. Four students were killed, and another nine were wounded.

All throughout society, the coronavirus pandemic has meant upheaval, and that is certainly true in higher education. Universities and colleges have had to make drastic changes in how they operate: suspending in-person classes, sending all students home and shifting to virtual learning. How long will this last, how big of an impact will this have on schools and will they be able to survive this crisis?
 
We spoke with Kent State University President Todd Diacon about the path forward for the university.

Ohio’s rescheduled primary is set to wrap up April 28. It was originally supposed to happen March 17, but the coronavirus pandemic led to the last-minute cancellation of in-person voting. The question that still has many people confused is: If you hadn’t already participated through early voting, how do you follow through now?

 

It’s not a requirement yet, but Ohio officials are urging all Ohioans to start wearing protective masks when they have to go out in public. During the daily Ohio coronavirus briefing Saturday, the head of the Ohio Department of Health, Dr.

These are stressful times for all of us, and it’s not just our physical health that we need to be concerned about. Everything that we’re dealing with related to coronavirus and COVID-19 can take a real toll on our mental and emotional health.


 


Some parks in Northeast Ohio have had to close some of their facilities as part of the overall efforts to control the spread of coronavirus, but the parks themselves are open for business.
 
Stark Parks spokesman Jared Shive said the system's 15 parks, four lakes and 120 miles of hiking, biking and horseback trails are all still available. 
 
 
“We have closed our visitors’ center and our wildlife conservation center and our administrative offices, so our public buildings are closed

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional orders issused by the state. These orders are listed in chonological order from earliest to most recent. This story was originally published on March 24, 2020. We will continue to update it as new orders are issued.

In response to the spread of COVID-19, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton have signed numerous public health and executive orders since March 14 to attempt to stop the spread and keep Ohioans safe.

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Niles) held a press conference Thursday at the Covelli Center in Youngstown.  He was joined by:

Many schools in Ohio from kindergarten to college have switched to online learning. Offices are shutting down and, where possible, companies are shifting to telecommuting. Sporting events and concerts have been cancelled, movie theaters and gyms are closed for now. And the Ohio Primary was postponed until June 2nd. 

Driving it all is concern over the spread of the coronavirus and the disease the current strain is causing COVID-19. 

This is the new normal.

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