Ann VerWiebe

Communication Specialist

Ann followed a circuitous path to the WKSU Marketing and Public Relations Department that involved a decade working in professional costume shops and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. Her duties at WKSU since joining the staff in 1998 include writing and editing E-Notes (the station's national award-winning email newsletter), various print newsletters and articles, and numerous press releases.  She also coordinates WKSU's social media efforts, creates online content and writes newsletters and press releases for and the Kent State Folk Festival. Ann also enjoys working with the newsroom on awards submissions and earning prizes for the deserving WKSU staff.

Among these awards are several prizes Ann picked up for press release and email newsletter writing from Ohio Professional Writers, Inc. and that organization's parent, the National Federation of Press Women. You might recognize from her booth duty at events such as EarthFest, the Cleveland International Film Festival and WKSU nights with many local arts organizations, or from the sales table at the Kent State Folk Festival. Ann lives out the single woman cliché by driving a sensible Honda Fit and insisting on putting her cats' names on her holiday cards. Along with being an active Unitarian-Universalist, her interests include sewing, reading, gardening and shopping.

The Cleveland Orchestra invites WKSU members to purchase half-priced tickets for four specially selected concerts during the 2017 Blossom Music Festival. Members will be sent an official form from WKSU by email or postal mail that can be presented with a photo ID at the Severance Hall or Blossom box offices to buy up to eight half-priced tickets for the following performances (this cannot be combined with other offers):

Amanda's Top Ten

Apr 20, 2017

April 2017 marks Amanda Rabinowitz's 10th anniversary in the WKSU newsroom. Throughout her amazing award-winning career, Amanda has covered hundreds of stories. These are her choice for the 10 that really stood out. 

1.    Playing through pain sometimes means a deadly addiction for athletes (April 24, 2012)
In 2008, University of Akron football player Tyler Campbell was leading the team in tackles. A year later, he had surgery on a mangled shoulder. He got hooked on prescription painkillers. Within two years, he was dead.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the 2016 NBA Champs after beating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Game 7. The finals series was more emotional than most national championships, representing the return of native son James and the breaking of one of the longest “curses” in professional sports – 52 years since a championship for any of Cleveland’s top pro teams. The championship series was a fierce battle - the Cavs are the only NBA team to ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals - and the last game was a nail-biter to the end.

Every Wednesday morning, WKSU host Amanda Rabinowitz and Cleveland Plain Dealer sports writer Terry Pluto get together to talk sports. Their focus is on Northeast Ohio, from the pro to the college level. More than simply a host asking a sports columnist about a particular topic, Rabinowitz has a deep knowledge and love of sports, herself, which leads to a real give-and-take with Pluto. The two have worked together since 2009, and that rapport really shows in their weekly conversations.

During 2016, M.L. Schultze was WKSU’s lead reporter for coverage of the presidential campaign. The big challenge for journalists in this presidential year was making sure that the reporting was not top-down but ground-up.