Andrew Meyer

News Director

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 Fresh Air, and The World.  He also serves as a back-up local host for Morning Edition, Here and Now and All Things Considered.

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. Prior to joining the staff 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 time at WKSU, the station's newsroom has been honored with dozens of awards from Ohio Associated Press Media Editors, Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards, the Ohio chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI)RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards. Andrew himself has been recognized with a number of awards, including, nationally, from 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.  He is currently a member of the board of the Akron Press Club.

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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M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU

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. 

One event scheduled this morning was for women who identify as moderate Republicans. Aside from staple women’s issues such as birth control and abortion, the women also discussed national issues like terrorism and infrastructure. They also discussed their party’s nominee Donald Trump.

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RNC

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 expect from this year’s convention. 

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FLICKR

  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.  Employers could continue to maintain drug-free

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

  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 the city.  This isn’t the first time the

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PORT OF CLEVELAND

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

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