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. 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 living and working in Stark County.

Ohio’s overdose deaths increased by a third last year to 4,050. According to the numbers released today by the Ohio Department of Health, more than half of those deaths involved synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

Fentanyl and related drugs were a tiny percentage of the epidemic as late as 2013, but escalated dramatically in the last three years. And the even more powerful carfentanil – a large-animal tranquilizer – emerged in a big way in the second half of last year, killing 340 people in all of 2016.

Former Akron Police Chief James Nice
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

Summit County is turning its investigation of former Akron Police Chief James Nice over to Cuyahoga County.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh has asked Cuyahoga County to provide a special prosecutor to oversee the potential criminal case against Nice.  In a statement, she says her office has “a realistic concern that there may be a conflict in handling a criminal case or investigation.

Ban the box

Two new studies reveal some unintended consequences for the effort to eliminate questions about criminal records from initial job applications. The ban-the-box problems are not caused by the former-felons it was supposed to help, but by the employers who are supposed to be more likely to hire them. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze spoke with an employment law advocate about the turn-about.

Hardy, Horrigan and Ball
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The forced resignation of Akron Police Chief James Nice was fast, unexpected and -- many said -- sad. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the combination of factors that led to the chief’s departure – and what happens next.

Mayor (left), PD Chief (center), FD Chief (right)
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron’s  Police Chief James Nice resigned unexpectedly this afternoon at the request of Mayor Dan Horrigan.

The Horrigan administration is offering no comment about the resignation of Nice until a press conference tomorrow afternoon.  Nice, who is an Akron native and former FBI agent,  had been chief since 2011.