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 FolkAlley.com 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.

Breanne McCrystal

WKSU announces a year-long examination of entrepreneurship in Northeast Ohio. With a grant from the Burton D. Morgan Foundation, the WKSU newsroom has hired two Kent State University interns to work with reporter and local host of NPR's All Things Considered Jeff St. Clair on stories that focus on business creation in the region. Kellie Nock and Lucas Misera will work with St. Clair on a variety of news coverage on the topic of entrepreneurship. 

Beginning on Monday, April 2, WKSU adds the new radio edition of the popular podcast The Daily to its weekday schedule. The New York Times and American Public Media collaborated earlier this year to extend the audio news report’s following of 4.5 million monthly unique listeners to the radio audience. The radio edition of the popular podcast, hosted by celebrated journalist Michael Barbaro, will air on WKSU on Mondays through Fridays at 6:30PM, following Marketplace.

Awards for work created in 2017:

Ohio Associated Press—Ohio APME Awards

WKSU staff was honored with 11 awards from Ohio Associated Press Media Editors (OAPME) in a Columbus ceremony on March 24. Top honors went to WKSU for General Excellence-Radio, the fourth consecutive year the newsroom earned the acknowledgement. The OAPME Awards reflect stand-out work created in 2017.

If you are a Sustaining Member of WKSU or a WKSU Leadership Circle Member ($1,000 per year), you are eligible for a Pledge Free Stream that takes out on-air pledge breaks during fund drives.

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