Jerry Kenney

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.

Former Dayton City Commissioner Joey Williams was sentenced in U. S. District Court on Wednesday to 12 months in prison.

Williams plead guilty in September 2019 to bribery related to government services. He will also have to pay $28,000 in restitution as part of his sentence.

The bribery charge stems from a 2015 deal in which Williams accepted more than $35,000 in cash benefits and a free home patio construction project.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed a bill into law on Monday that will make it easier for military spouses to work in the state.

Senate Bill 7 mandates that state agencies issue licenses or certificates if military members or their spouses are already licensed to work in another state.

Officials have now opened several investigations into the death of 10-year-old Takoda Collins. One of the three people arrested in the case was the boy's father, Al-Mutahan McLean, on charges of child abuse, endangerment, torture, and the rape of a person under 13 years old. Two women were also charged in the case.

Montgomery County officials Tuesday unveiled their strategic priorities for the next five years. Key among them is a plan to make the county’s infrastructure more sustainable.

County Commissioner Judy Dodge says even before last year’s water main break and days-long water outage, the county struggled to maintain its aging infrastructure.

Dodge says it’s critical that county residents are able to depend on utilities such as drinking water every day.

The latest documentary from Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film American Factory follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.

The National Weather Service has confirmed two tornadoes touched down in Miami County Saturday night.

Forecasters say the first twister, rated an EF-Zero with winds up to 80 miles per hour, hit Troy just after 10 p.m., leaving damage concentrated mostly near Troy High School and downtown. 

National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Hogue says winter tornadoes are rare, but he says this weekend’s weather conditions were just right to produce the storm with damaging winds. 

Public health agencies across the Miami Valley are reporting a spike in flu cases and hospitalizations as a flu outbreak affects a wide area, including Clark, Greene and Montgomery Counties. 

Numbers show hundreds of people in the Miami Valley have sought treatment for the flu since early December. Health officials report seeing  more than 3,000 hospitalizations and outpatient flu cases.

But those numbers are likely an undercount, says Greene County Public Health nurse Amy Schmitt. Many people don’t see a doctor for their symptoms, she says.

Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America, on Monday, announced that it will add 100 new jobs in Moraine.  Company officials say the jobs are part of a major expansion that includes acquiring more of the former GM Assembly plant.

Monday’s announcement at Fuyao was made by officials, including Fuyao Chairman Cho Tak Wong, and China’s Consul General Huang Ping. Ohio Governor Mike Dewine, Lt. Governor John Husted and representatives from JobsOhio were also on hand.

Many in Dayton’s LGBT community, and others who knew him, are mourning the death of Dickie Wilson – a prolific advocate and activist for equal rights issues like domestic partner benefits, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, and marriage equality. In February of 2019, we spoke to Wilson about issues and challenges faced by older LGBTQ people. In that conversation he told us about his coming out a time when it was an uncommon, and often dangerous thing to do. He also talked about his advocacy for the community that found.

An annual Dayton program offering tax-filing help to moderate and low-income Miami Valley residents opened Friday and is expected to remain open throughout this year's tax season, operating more than a dozen free tax-prep sites staffed by IRS-trained volunteers.

The Dayton Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Coalition is comprised of more than 20 local agencies and businesses, including the city of Dayton and Montgomery County.

Last year the coalition assisted more than 8,000 residents with their taxes.

It’s estimated that around 30,000 people in the Miami Valley are living with some form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Caring for those individuals can be an isolating experience, according to The Alzheimer’s Association Miami Valley Chapter. So, they’re reminding those caretakers that support is literally just a phone call away.

This week, the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA) implemented new visitor restrictions to local, short-term acute care hospitals. The association says the move is an effort to minimize the spread of respiratory infections.

The GDAHA reports an increase of the seasonal flu virus in the last few weeks that has resulted in 30 hospitalizations in the region since December 1, and outpatient cases have increased 75 percent.

It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing people across the Miami Valley. Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities. But one recent event aimed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.

It’s been almost seven months since an outbreak of tornadoes caused tens of millions of dollars in damage, displacing hundreds of people across the Miami Valley. 

Since then, an army of government agencies, volunteers and advocates have been working to help restore hard-hit communities and assist survivors.

One December event organized by two partnering churches was designed to provide a boost to storm-affected families ahead of the holidays.

In his annual report delivered to more than 70 local government officials on Friday, Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith called 2019 a “mixed bag” of financial news. Keith struck an optimistic tone despite the negative impact of the May tornadoes on some county property values.

The auditor told the gathering this year’s tax revenue losses of $1.7 million in tornado affected neighborhoods were offset somewhat by improved property values and increased real estate development overall.