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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.

The recent closure of Good Samaritan Hospital in west Dayton has sparked protest against Premier Health by some community residents. A coalition of westside clergy groups has also filed a federal civil-rights complaint alleging the closure is discriminatory.

And now, a new proposal at the statehouse aims to revoke Premier’s non-profit status. WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Cox Media reporter Cory Frolik about the proposed legislation.


Year-end is a time when many people focus on charitable giving for a host of reasons, and there’s one organization that’s been helping people make giving decisions for almost a hundred years, the non-profit Dayton Foundation.

It’s that time of year when Turkeys take center stage in the homes, and on the tables, of Americans across the country. On the second weekend of November in Ohio, it’s not just the Turkeys that are on display.

A new national report details some of the challenges faced by young people transitioning out of foster care. The report finds many foster children lag behind their peers when it comes to graduating high school or finding jobs. Ohio advocates say policy changes are needed to help level the playing field.

Brandi Slaughter, CEO of Voices for Ohio’s Children, says there have always been challenges for young people living in foster care.

On November 15 at John Legend Theater in Springfield, the documentary film Guatemala: On the Edge of Discovery will be shown at a free and open to the public event.

The film is the first full length documentary by Springfield native Brent Winebrenner. Following his graduation from North High in 1976, Winebrenner went on to college and then became a CPA. But, a lifelong love of traveling and photography eventually pulled him toward a more artful career path.

Last week, the Dayton VA Medical Center celebrated the opening of Fisher House, a new facility offering free lodging for family members, veteran caregivers and active-duty servicemembers while they’re visiting the VA.

Fisher House Manager Betsy Striebel says the facility aims to serve as a comfortable “home away from home” for patients under the VA’s care.

Republican Mike DeWine will be the new governor for Ohio. In one of the last state races called on Tuesday, DeWine picked up 51 percent of the vote. Democratic Candidate Richard Cordray received 46 percent of the vote.

Other statewide offices have also gone to the GOP. 

Frank LaRose will replace Jon Husted as Secretary of State. Former Ohio Auditor Dave Yost steps into the role of Ohio Attorney General after defeating attorney Steve Dettelbach.  State Representatives Keith Faber and Robert Sprague will take the offices of Ohio Auditor and Treasurer respectively. 

Voters have rejected Ohio Ballot Issue One.

The state constitutional amendment would have changed the way some low-level drug-related crimes are handled, changing drug-possession felonies to misdemeanors.

Supporters say it would have also reduced prison overcrowding for certain low-level drug offenders and help reduce prison spending.

Opponents argued Issue 1 would create a burden on the court system and make it more difficult to prosecute some drug cases. 

Voters will decide several contested Ohio House races on Montgomery County’s ballot next Tuesday. The race for District 40 pits a well-known crime fighter in Dayton against an up-and-coming community advocate.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer is running on the Republican ticket against Democratic candidate Ryan Rebecca Taylor to replace outgoing incumbent Republican State Representative Mike Henne from Clayton.

Henne is barred from seeking reelection because of term limits. 

The City of Dayton is asking voters to consider a ballot initiative next Tuesday. The measure would decriminalize certain misdemeanor offenses for marijuana and hashish. City officials are calling Issue 8 an “advisory election.” If voters approve the measure, it simply means that the city would be free to consider amending Dayton law. 

Republicans and Democrats will face off Tuesday in two separate races for seats in Montgomery County.

Miami Valley business owner and Republican candidate for Montgomery County Commissioner Doug Barry says he hopes he’ll be able to break a Democratic stronghold that’s controlled the commission for more than a dozen years.

Barry has served as a Miami Township Trustee since 2014. He’s operated the Barry staffing agency since 1998. He’s also been involved in numerous business and civic groups throughout his career.

Midterm and off-year elections are notorious for low voter participation. But the November 6 election could tell a different story. Some polls indicate a high level of interest among voters who identify with both parties. This year, Republican and Democratic voters will decide several close Ohio races for U.S. House and Senate seats.

As of October, more than 900,000 early absentee ballots were requested across the state of Ohio. Another 34,000 voters have already cast ballots in person at their local boards of elections.

In just a few weeks Ohio voters will head to the polls for the midterm elections. They’ll decide a host of races for governor, the United States senate, the state attorney general's, and secretary of state's offices.

The registration deadline to vote in the midterms has already passed. Early voting is underway across Ohio.

But there are still plenty of steps registered voters can take to make sure they're ready for Election Day.

It’s been around a decade since the housing meltdown and Great Recession that shook communities around the country.

At Springfield's Neighborhood Housing Partnership, services were virtually redefined by the mortgage crisis. Now, with less federal foreclosure-prevention funding available, some advocates say they’re worried the housing market's recovery could be at risk.

About a decade ago, a housing crisis swept the country. The crash devastated many communities and changed the lives of millions of Americans who experienced foreclosure or simply walked away from homes owing more than they were worth. 

Here’s what we heard from resident's of Miami Township in Montgomery County at the time - neighbors living near vacant and abandoned houses:

"It’s very disrupting. It’s an eyesore."

"It smells like there might be a dead animal in the backyard. Honestly, there’s like a whole bunch of flies and it’s pretty nasty."