Mark Arehart

Arts Reporter/Host

Mark Arehart joined the award-winning WKSU news team as its arts/culture reporter in 2017. Before coming to Northeast Ohio, Arehart hosted Morning Edition and covered the arts scene for Delaware Public Media. He previously worked for KNKX in Seattle, Kansas Public Radio, and KYUK in Bethel, Alaska.  

His reporting has taken him everywhere from remote islands in the Bering Sea to the tops of skyscrapers overlooking Puget Sound. Arehart has been featured on NPR and the Alaska Public Radio Network. 

Equal parts Nebraskan/Kansan and a University of Kansas graduate, he's a diehard college basketball fan. He loves reading crime fiction and fantasy, as well as enjoying movies with subtitles, explosions, or both. 

He lives in Akron's Highland Square neighborhood and as a former morning drive-time host, you'll likely find him out walking his dog, Otis, well before sunrise.

Feel free to tweet at him, find him on Instagram, or send him an email. 

Steel Vengeance is the world's tallest hybrid roller coaster.
Courtesy of Cedar Point

Roller coasters have long been separated into two types: wooden and steel. Wooden coasters often have rougher rides and aren’t typically racecar-fast. Steel coasters offer the twists, flips and sheer speed many thrill seekers live for. On this week’s State of the Arts we head to Cedar Point in Sandusky to ride Steel Vengeance, a new coaster that offers the best of both worlds.

A photo of the exterior of Pilgrim Congregational Church in Cleveland.
GOOGLE EARTH

A Cleveland Church that declared itself a “sanctuary church” last December has announced it is housing a man facing deportation.

The Rev. Kelly Burd of Pilgrim Congregational Church says Eulogio Hernandez Box is at risk of immediate deportation to his native Guatemala after a traffic stop last year.

“His appeals (to remain in the country) ran out in 2017. And he received a notice to turn himself in for deportation here in the Cleveland area," Burd said.

The number of multiple offers on homes for sales jumped nearly 92 percent.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

Akron’s housing market is heating up. According to a new report, the Rubber City had the biggest spike in the percentage of homes selling above asking price in the nation. This means more home buyers are likely squaring off in bidding wars.

Ramps are in the onion family and grow throughout the Eastern United States and Eastern Canada
Jeremy Umansky / Larder Master & Wild Food Forager

People will be gathering in Peninsula Saturday to celebrate a pungent, edible plant called the ramp. They’ve been described as a cross between onion and garlic. They’re only in season for a few weeks each spring. 

A photo montage by Akron photographer Shane Wynn caputures 24 years of photography in the city.
Mark Arehart / WKSU

The City of Akron has two dozen neighborhoods. Each is captured in a new photography exhibit called "24."

On this week’s State of the Arts, we talk with the people behind the camera about what it means to see Akron through a lens.

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