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.

Ways to Connect

Tuesday night, the four democratic candidates for Summit County sheriff met for the one and only debate of their campaign.  The event, sponsored by the Akron Press Club took place at the Akron Summit County Public library and was moderated by WKSU’s M.L. Schultze.

“Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit,” is the story of what it’s like to work at a Cleveland steel mill, but it also delves into a number of personal issues. Author Eliese Collette Goldbach also deals with Rust Belt identity, draws on her struggle with mental health, her relationship with family, and her evolution of thought on politics and faith.

A lot of people are looking to understand the forces that may be at work in this year’s presidential election. Author David Giffels believes Ohio holds the key to that. For his next book, he’s been travelling the state on his own listening tour.

This month, To Understand Ohio, we spent some time talking with Giffels about Congressman Tim Ryan’s short-lived bid for the White House, what that says about the Mahoning Valley and how that relates to the rest of the country.

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Feb. 21:

We heard it from you time and again.

"Why can't I find one place where I can get what I need to know about recycling in my city, my village, my township?"

We looked. We couldn't find one either.

As part of our series, Reduce Reuse Refocus, we decided to build one for you.

It's hard not to do a series about recycling without thinking of Oscar the Grouch. After all, he lives in a garbage can, but he was born in a time before there was really greater consideration given to what we threw away and the impact it had on the planet. Over time our thoughts about garbage, what we throw away and what we can recycle have evolved.

When it comes to quality of life, one of the most basic things is having a place to call home. A new media partnership in Akron wants to tell the stories of Akron residents  and the challenges they face when it comes to housing. Home in Akron is a collaboration involving The Devil Strip, WEWS-TV, the Beacon Journal, the Center for Investigative Reporting and WKSU.

Where do all our recyclables go after sorting?

How clean should they be before they go into the bin?

Is recycling profitable at all?

Does my recycling really get recycled?

That’s just a small sampling of the questions we got from our listeners when we asked you for ideas for our next series. An overwhelming majority of you told us that you wanted to know more about recycling. Time and again, those questions pointed to a state of confusion.

Is it supposed to be this confusing?

Here are your morning headlines for Friday, Jan. 31:

  • Flu causes NE Ohio schools to close;
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame focuses on health;
  • WHO declares coronavirus a global emergency;
  • Akron Children's to open Wooster location;
  • Youngstown City Schools plans meetings to assess needs;
  • Youngstown State increases fundraising goal to $125M;
  • Cleveland podcast company first to be represented at New Media conference;

Flu causes NE Ohio schools to close

There may be no better place to understand the results of the last presidential election than the Mahoning Valley. For his upcoming book, Barnstorming Ohio, David Giffels has been travelling around Ohio, learning what’s on people's minds to get a better understanding of where we’re heading this election year. 

Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, in Clear Lake, Iowa.
John Locher / Associated Press

Ohio’s primary is set for March 17 this year. In addition to the race for the White House, Democrats and Republicans will be choosing their respective party’s candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives.

Here are your morning headlines for Monday, Jan. 20:

  • Study: Students lack help when posting about depression;
  • MLK Day events;
  • Scholarship fund honors late Port Clinton teen;
  • Police drops arrest warrant for Browns' Odell Beckham Jr.;
  • Kentucky man sentenced to prison for punching Cincinnati protestor;
  • Kings Island announces new rollercoaster;

Study: Students lack help when posting about depression

Here are your morning headlines for Thursday, Jan. 16:

Here are your morning headlines for December 31, 2019:

Cuyahoga County hires manager to oversee opioid settelement funds;

Yost moves for dismissal of Sandusky County prosecutor;

Akron-based trucking company files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy;

Youngstown school board member-elect changes mind;

OH judges might be allowed to list party affiliation on ballots;

Delays in ECOT case;

Police to New Year's revellers-don't fire guns into the air;

Browns moving forward on head coach search;


There is an idea, that there are five Ohios. They are not only segmented by region, but so much more. Industrial and agricultural. Urban, suburban and rural. Upper and lower income. Black and white. Looking at them together, they might just provide a better understanding for our country as a whole.