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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Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game is coming back to Cleveland.  The Indians announced today that they’ll host the 2019 All-Star Game.  During  a previously scheduled appearance at Cleveland’s City Club today, manager Terry Francona called it a great opportunity, not just for the team.

WKSU's Opioid FAQ

Jan 16, 2017

What is an opioid?

An opioid is one of a family of compounds that mimics the action of opium by acting on pain receptors and the brain and central nervous system, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.   They can be naturally derived (opium comes from poppies) or they can be synthetic (for example, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Percocet or carfentanil). 

How do they work?

You’d have to be living under a rock in Northeast Ohio to miss the fact that the dreaded curse ended this year.  The 52-year-pro-sports championship drought came to an end when the Cavs came from being down 3-games-to-1 in the NBA Finals to win Game 7 on the road.

It just wasn’t the year.  The Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series early this morning in a game that went into extra innings and was delayed by rain. The final score, 8-to-7. Our sports commentator Terry Pluto agrees it was a tough loss at the end of a really great season for the Tribe. 

“It’s like it was our year, but it wasn’t our year,” says Pluto. He says it was shocking that the Indians got to the World Series and Game 7 against a superior team like the Cubs. Few teams, he notes, get to the World Series, let alone lead it 3-1.

It's the final debate between the two major-party presidential candidates.  Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face off at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Wednesday, October 19th,  beginning at 9pm.   The debate will be moderated by Chris Wallace from Fox News Channel.

It’s going to be a busy day Friday in Cleveland, and getting around the city could be a little tricky.

The day kicks off with a campaign visit by President Obama, stumping for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and ends with Game 1 of the American League Championship Series between the Indians and the Toronto Blue Jays.

It's the next meet-up between the two major-party presidential candidates.  Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump face off at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, October 9th,  beginning at 9pm.   It's a different format than their first debate.  This will be in the style of a town hall meeting with questions coming both from the moderator and the audience.

How can  you be certain that the responses from Clinton and Trump are truthful?   NPR will have a team of journalists fact-checking the debate in real time.

It's the only meeting between the two major-party vice-presidential candidates.  Democrat Tim Kaine and Republican Mike Pence face off at Longwood University in Virginia, Tuesday, October 4th, beginning at 9pm.   How can  you be certain what they're saying is accurate?   NPR will have a team of journalists that's fact-checking the debate in real time.

Portions of the debate with added analysis  are highlighted below, followed by context and fact-checking from NPR reporters and editors.

The head of the Trump campaign in Mahoning County has stepped down after she made comments blaming racism in the US on President Barack Obama.  Former campaign chair Kathy Miller, a real estate broker from Boardman, has apologized for that and other comments made this week to the British newspaper the Guardian that Democrats have called racist and bigoted.  Youngstown radio host , Tracey Winbush, who is African-American, has been named the new GOP campaign chair in the predominantl

Nina Turner is not bolting the Democratic Party.  Turner, a former Cleveland councilwoman and state senator announced last night she’s rejected an offer to be the Green Party ticket’s vice presidential candidate.  She told in a telephone interview last night that she’s going to keep fighting for the party even though she’s disappointed.  Turner supported Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries, leaving her post as one of the top officials in

  The start of the new work week brings a whole host of changes for Akron drivers.  The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the Ohio Department of Transportation is prepared to set up new lane and ramp closures which could be in place for months… mostly on I-76.  The busiest spot is expected to be where I-76, I-77 and Route 8 all come together wither ODOT

The 2016 Republican National Convention is now officially underway in Cleveland, with activities scheduled in the Q all afternoon and evening long. But these conventions are much more than just about what goes on in the convention hall, and there’s plenty going on this first day. 

After two years of planning and preparation, it’s showtime.  The 2016 Republican National Convention kicks off today in Cleveland.  WKSU’s Andrew Meyer caught up with David Cohen, a political science professor at the University of Akron and a fellow at the Bliss Institute of Applied Politics for a primer on what to exp

  Governor Kasich has signed legislation legalizing medical marijuana in Ohio, however it won’t be available anytime soon.  The law takes effect in 90 days.  But the medical marijuana program isn’t expected to be fully operational for about two years.  The measure lays out a number of steps that must happen first, including the writing of rules for retailers and cultivators.  The legislation allows patients to use marijuana in vapor form for certain chronic health conditions, while barring patients from smoking marijuana or growing it at home.  Employe

  Akron is a step closer to owning a dead mall.  The Beacon Journal reports there were no takers at yesterday’s sheriff’s sale for the vacant Rolling Acres Mall.  The paper reports there will be one more attempt to sell the mall, in about two weeks.  If there are no takers, the Summit County Fiscal Officer will begin procedures for seizing the property… which would then be turned over to th