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.

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.


Akron’s mayor-elect introduced most of his cabinet this morning. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports it includes those with decades of experience and some who are new to Akron city government – though just about everybody is in a new role.


Among the nine appointments announced by Dan Horrigan is Charles Brown, Akron’s assistant police chief who will become public safety director.

Brown has headed all three divisions of Akron’s police department including community policing – something he says local and national events have made more crucial.

P.G. Sittenfeld at the Akron Press Club
M.L. Schultze / WKSU

One of the Democrats running for Ohio’s U.S. Senate seat devoted his entire speech in Akron today to guns, insisting the public is ready for what he calls common-sense  reform even if Congress is not. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports P.G. Sittenfeld also used his address to the Akron Press Club to draw sharp contrasts between himself and both his Democratic and Republican opponents.


  Ohio’s Republican Sen. Rob Portman insists he supports strengthened background checks for gun purchases, though not necessarily a new law to do so. But Portman also says no one knows enough yet about the massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., to determine if such checks would have made a difference.

Akron's fire department settlement will cost the city millions

Akron has agreed to pay nearly two dozen firefighters a million dollars in back pay and interest. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the settlement of a decade-long lawsuit.

The 23 firefighters sued the city in 2004 saying the civil service test used for promotions was discriminatory. 

 They won in federal court five years later. The city appealed and lost at that level, too. And all the while the promotions in the fire department went into a deep stall.