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 living and working in Stark County.

P.G. Sittenfeld

Democrats in the state’s fourth largest county are breaking with their state party and backing the underdog candidate for U.S. Senate. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more.

This morning Akron’s new Mayor Dan Horrigan, Summit County Executive Russ Pry, state Sen. Tom Sawyer and others on the A-list of Summit County Democrats are expected to announce their support in the March primary for P.G. Sittenfeld for U.S. Senate.

Dominique Lennon

One of the men charged in a series of shootings in Cleveland last year whose victims included five children is set for trial this week.  

The then 19-year-old Dominique Lennon is accused of opening fire on a crowd on the east side of Cleveland last August. Police say his intended targets were members of the Buckeye Boys street gang, but he also hit and wounded a 13-year-old boy who had been walking nearby.  Lennon was arrested a month later and faces charges of felonious assault.

Task force

A new task force took its first look today at what it would take to convert Akron’s streets into greener versions that better integrate pedestrians, cyclists and buses as well as cars.

   The group of planners, politicians and community representatives including a environmentally friendly Realtor and the YMCA, is digging into a draft of a city law that would build a concept called “Livable, Complete and Green Streets” into construction and reconstruction projects throughout the city.

Rendering of Ritzman's entry
Ritzman Pharmacies

  The U.S. market for prescription drugs is about $260 billion a year. Three-quarters of the prescriptions are for chronic conditions – and that’s likely to expand as baby boomers get older. This week in our series, The Business of Health, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, the question is not if the business of pharmacy will grow, but in which direction. And Northeast Ohio is trying out some new versions of old models.

Passing out ballots

This is the place where they choose the people who wear the crazy hats on the convention floor, get wildly passionate about an event others dismiss as political theater – and who – paraphrasing vaudevillian W.C. Fields --  would rather be in Philadelphia ...  even in July.