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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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

  The U.S. Senate is weighing in on the dumping of dredge sediment in Lake Erie. reports the Senate passed a bill yesterday that would bar the U.S.

Authorities in Cleveland are looking at clearing out the county jail ahead of the Republican Convention should the space be needed for arrested protestors.  WKYC is reporting the plan could involve moving prisoners from the jail to other facilities further away.  The police chief in Bedford Heights confirmed that he’s had talks about his jail, whic

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are waiting to see who they’ll face in the eastern conference final, but believe it or not, t’s more than just fans in Cleveland or even in northeast ohio who are eager to see the team get back on the court.  Our sports commentator Terry Pluto says the Cavs are bigger the northeast ohio, much bigger.

Morning headlines from WKSU News

Akron City Council has voted to overturn the city’s controversial panhandling law.  Council repealed the 2006 law which required all panhandlers in Akron to get a license to do so, and put restrictions on where they could ask for money.  Last week, the ACLU of Ohio announced it was suing the city over the measure.  City Council president Marilyn Keith says the council is “committed to addressing poverty and homelessness and finding the best solutions for those in need.”