Phil de Oliveira


Phil is a master’s student in Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC). Prior to pursuing journalism, he earned a bachelor’s degree in music composition and piano. He also spent some time traveling Northern Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Phil currently lives in Cleveland Heights.

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photo of Tom Zawistowski

A group of conservative and liberal activists are challenging an Ohio law that they say puts unfair restrictions on free speech.

WKSU’s Phil de Oliveira reports the group is suing the state over ambiguities in the law.

The plaintiffs are the liberal blog Plunderbund, freelance political reporter John Spinelli, and the Portage County Tea Party.

The Music Settlement in Cleveland has been a pioneer in the development of music therapy. Despite being around for 50 years, misconceptions remain about the work they do.

A handful of residents at a retirement home gather in a large, multi-purpose room. At the far end, there’s an upright piano with chairs arranged in a semi-circle.

The gospel choir at Eliza Bryant Village is about to rehearse for its next concert.

Combining therapy and music

historic postcard of Brady Lake

The residents of Brady Lake narrowly voted this week to dissolve the tiny Portage County village.

This was the second vote in four years to disband the roughly 500-resident village. A 2014 state audit found the village was consistently mismanaging funds.

Brady Lake’s state funding, which paid for everything from EMS services to road maintenance, had been steadily declining. Mayor Hal Lehman says Brady Lake’s fate is part of a trend.

cover of NEA arts report

For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis are releasing arts industry data for individual states. The numbers show government-funded arts programs accounted for more than four percent of the U.S. economy.

The new report looks at 35 industries that make up the arts and cultural sector of the U.S. economy.

Leedco wind farm

Lakewood City Council is supporting the proposed Icebreaker wind farm in Lake Erie, which would be about 7  miles offshore from Lakewood.

Council passed a resolution that cites Ohio’s over-dependence on fossil fuels and a potential economic boost for the city.