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.

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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Added to WKSU's newsletter family is the all-news WKSU Insight, the best each week from WKSU News and our public radio partners. Read Insight each Thursday. 

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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.

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