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.

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Akron has been rated the best city in the nation when it comes to return-on-investment on spending for police. 

The calculations of the personal finance site WalletHub compare tax dollars spent per capita for police protection to crime rates, with adjustments made for poverty and unemployment rates and household income.

Planned Parenthood is suing Ohio, claiming it reinterpreted a fetal tissue disposal rule without notifying anyone and specifically to target Planned Parenthood.

The organization says in a federal lawsuit filed today that the Ohio Department of Health denied it equal protection and due process, according to Associated Press.

A Summit County councilwoman has been indicted on federal charges including bribery and impeding an IRS investigation. 

According to the U.S. attorney’s office, Tamela Lee took cash, loans, campaign contributions, home improvements and other goods from area businessmen who operated area convenience stores.  The charges against the 57-year-old Lee, who’s been on council since 2013, include mail fraud, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.  Authorities say she intervened in criminal and liquor control cases in exchange for the bribes, which she solicited. 

McKinley's front-porch campaign

Karl Rove – the Fox News analyst and architect of George W. Bush’s political victories -- was standing literally in the shadow of the McKinley Monument last weekend. He was in Canton to press the point of his new book: that the modern GOP has a lot to learn from one of Ohio’s often overlooked presidents. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on why Rove sees William McKinley as a better model for these political times than Donald Trump.

Kasich at the Council on Foreign Relations

John Kasich says he has no interest in being vice president. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the Ohio governor’s counter to speculation that -- if his GOP presidential bid fails – he’ll still appear on the November ballot.

After his speech to the Council on Foreign Relations Wednesday, Kasich was asked what he’d do  if Donald Trump asked him to be his running mate.