Anna Huntsman

Anna Huntsman is a senior broadcast journalism student at Kent State with experience reporting for radio, television and digital platforms. She reports for the Ohio News Connection, Ohio's branch of the Public News Service, and helps run the weekend assignment desk at WKYC. Anna served as the General Manager of TV2, Kent State's student-led television station, during the 2017-18 school year. A Canton native, she is excited to join the WKSU team and tell stories in the Northeast Ohio community. 


The first phase of construction on Howe  Avenue in Cuyahoga Falls starts Monday and businesses are preparing for a financial impact.

The project will replace the road near a popular business district that includes stores in Chapel Hill Plaza.

Only the eastbound lane will be closed, which means drivers can take an alternate route or use the frontage streets behind the businesses.

Motorists may have to change their commutes to downtown Akron as the Ohio Department of Transportation completes a construction project in a busy area.

Starting Monday, the I-76 westbound to South Broadway ramp will be closed for two weeks as ODOT ties in a new ramp.

The Cuyahoga Valley National Park is thanking the public for helping to successfully identify suspects who vandalized property in the park.

The Akron Civic Theatre is celebrating its 90th anniversary this weekend.

The theater will hold a free event Saturday that includes food and entertainment.

There will be stilt-walkers, a magician and a showing of the movie "Singin’ in the Rain."

Associate Director of Programming Valerie Renner said the theater’s actual anniversary is on the 21st, but they wanted to celebrate a little early.

A refugee resettlement organization that came to Akron in 2015 has announced it is closing at the end of April. 

World Relief Akron director Kara Ulmer said the number of incoming refugees this year is 46, down from 200 last year, which led to a significant decrease in funding.

The Akron office was not able to raise enough money to remain open.

Ulmer said the decrease in refugees will have a lasting impact.

The Summit County Prosecutor’s Office is participating in a national campaign to change the way people treat sexual assault victims.

The program is called “Start By Believing.”

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh said the local campaign aims to discourage victim blaming, as well as educate the community on how to properly respond to and support victims.

The Cleveland Browns officially introduced one of the team’s newest and most widely talked about players.

In a press conference Monday, Odell Beckham Jr., nicknamed OBJ, said he is excited to have been traded to the Browns from the New York Giants.

He said he is eager to play alongside his good friend and college teammate, Jarvis Landry. The two wide receivers played together at Louisiana State University.

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Both Ohio senators say they want the Mueller report to be made available to the public.

LeBron James’ family foundation and I Promise School in Akron are benefitting from his recent NBA scoring record.

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An Ohio LGBTQ advocacy group has launched a new service to help residents with legal questions and problems.

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A $126 million plan to put six wind turbines in Lake Erie is one step closer to winning final approval. 

A new report from an organization focused on promoting Northeast Ohio’s biomedical industry finds that the region is ranked third in the Midwest for investments. 

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Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is pushing for a bill that would give states incentives to help students graduate from college debt-free.

Akron Mayor Dan Horrigan wants to flesh out a plan for a community development corporation, or CDC, for downtown.

Horrigan wants to treat community development downtown as its own separate entity, rather than making it a part of other city initiatives.

The CDC would be focused on bringing vitality to the central business district.

The last car rolled off the assembly line at the General Motors Lordstown plant Wednesday and nearly all employees worked their last shift Friday.

Lordstown GM team member John DeGarmo has worked at four GM plants over the last thirteen years. He said working for the company is in his blood.

“But I look around and, you know, I’m in the Lordstown facility right now because it’s my last day of work, and, you know, it’s turning into a ghost town," he said. "And then nobody’s holding these companies accountable.”

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