M.L. Schultze

Digital editor, reporter/producer

M.L. Schultze came to WKSU as news director in July 2007 after 25 years at The Repository in Canton, where she was managing editor for nearly a decade. She’s now the digital editor and an award-winning reporter and analyst who has appeared on NPR, Here and Now, the TakeAway, and C-SPAN as well as being a regular panelist on Ideas, WVIZ public television's reporter roundtable.

Schultze was part of a local/national reporting team with NPR covering the 2016 elections and was named the best radio reporter in Ohio this year by the Society of Professional Journalists. Her work includes ongoing reporting on community-police relations; immigration; fracking and extensive state, local and national political coverage. She’s also past president of Ohio Associated Press Media Editors and the Akron Press Club, and remains on the board of both.

A native of Philadelphia, Pa., Schultze graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in magazine journalism and political science. She lives in Canton with her husband, Rick Senften, the retired special projects editor at The Rep and now a specialist working with kids involved in the juvenile courts. Their daughter, Gwen, lives and works in the Washington, D.C.-area with her husband and two sons. Son Christopher is a glassblower and welder living and working in Stark County.


The difference between an animal assistant and a pet is an increasing concern for landlords in Ohio and the rest of the country. It was a big part of the discussion of fair-housing law at a conference of hundreds of landlords in Akron this past weekend.

Akron City Council is expected to approve a contract tonight for treatment of people with drug addictions.  The new package addresses concerns raised in an audit last year.

The contract with Oriana House covers people sentenced to substance abuse treatment through Akron Municipal Court. The new agreement is for $5 million for the next 20 months. That’s about half a million dollars less than the city had been paying.

Pompeo CIA confirmation hearing

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote Monday on President Trump’s nomination for secretary of state.  Mike Pompeo has the support of one of Ohio’s senators, but not yet the other.

Sen. Rob Portman sits on the Foreign Relations Committee and told Fox News Pompeo deserves the job.

“The president had the right to have his people in place, and particularly in regard to secretary of state. The question is whether you’re qualified, and Mike Pompeo is eminently qualified.”

M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Correction: The name of the nonprofit is Strong Towns. It was originally incorrect in the headline.

A year-long partnership between Akron and a nonprofit called Strong Towns began to take shape today. The head of the group that focuses on small, incremental investments to spur big changes toured three of the city’s neighborhoods and spoke with the people trying to recover and build on those neighborhood’s strengths. 

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Dru Joyce Shooting Stars Classic

Akron is cutting some of its financial support for a basketball tournament that had been one of the largest draws of young talent in the country. 

The city has put up as much as $50,000 for the tournament, which drew 500 teams for the three-day competition. But the head of Akron’s parks and recreation department, John Valle, says that’s when Akron’s favorite son – and one of the biggest names in the NBA –

was associated with it.