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.

HuffPost, in partnership with WKSU, presents a conversation with community leaders and experts about future plans for the decommissioned Inner-Belt Highway. The event at the Akron Art Museum will begin at 6 p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.) and is free and open to the public. Reserve your free ticket now through Evenbrite by clicking HERE.  

 

Journalist Mark Arehart has joined the award-winning WKSU News staff. His focus will be primarily arts and culture, along with team reporting on larger news projects. Arehart comes to Northeast Ohio from Dover, Delaware, where he was arts reporter and local host for NPR’s Morning Edition for Delaware Public Media. He previously worked at KNKX (formerly KPLU) in Seattle as a reporter/producer, Kansas Public Radio as a Weekend Edition host and KYUK in Alaska where he was a reporter and host.

WKSU members can receive a 10% discount on Akron Symphony Orchestra tickets by using the code "WKSU" at time of purchase. This offer can't be combined with discounts and can't be used on previously purchased tickets.

See the complete 2017-2018 ASO concert schedule at AkronSymphony.org.

Beginning Monday, July 31, WKSU adds new programs to its weekday and weekend schedules. The station maintains the Saturday Storytelling block and the Sunday Food block while expanding the range of public radio listening options for Northeast Ohio.

WKSU Program Director Ele Ellis says, “Our schedule reflects our community of listeners – people who really like to end each day knowing more than when they started. Adjusting the programming is part of the natural evolution of WKSU.”

WKSU reporters have won nine awards in the Ohio’s Best Journalism Contest, sponsored by the Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapters. The competition recognized station staff for work created in 2016. Highlights of WKSU honors include Best Radio News Operation in Ohio and Best Radio Reporter in Ohio for M.L. Schultze, who submitted a selection of her Election 2016 coverage.

Each category winner was judged on multiple examples of work. Awards were presented on Saturday, Aug. 26 at a ceremony at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.

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