Tim Rudell

Senior Reporter

Tim Rudell has worked in broadcasting and news since his student days at Kent State in the late 1960s and early 1970s (when he earned extra money as a stringer for UPI). He began full time in radio news in 1972 in his home town of Canton, OH.  

In 1976 he moved to television and for the next dozen years did double duty as an anchorman and the news director for TV stations including the NBC affiliates in Youngstown, OH, Grand Rapids, MI, and Buffalo, NY. He then became Vice President of Consulting, and later Executive Vice President for one of the TV industry's leading research and consulting firms, Reymer & Gersin, Associates, with direct consulting assignments including newsrooms  in New York, Los Angles, Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and Kansas City,.

In the 1990s, he was Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief for TVDirect, a joint venture of The Associated Press and Conus Communications that provided live and custom reporting from the nation's capital. Later he was promoted to Senior Vice President and division General Manager of Conus Washington, and eventually to Executive Vice President of Conus.  He then move over to the AP to become a member of the senior management of Associated Press Television News, responsible for advancing APTN's downstream businesses in North America. 

From 2004 through the end of 2008 he was Managing General Partner and CEO of a Washington area consulting group including Media Services Co. of America, and Independent Business Advisors of Virginia.  

In 2009 Tim and wife Fran decided  to return to their roots in northeast Ohio: "to go home, and do some things we wanted to do." He joined WKSU and became a reporter again, resuming the role that originally drew him to news.  

Ways to Connect

photo of the entrance to the Justice Center in Clevelend
TIM EVANSON / FLICKR/CREATIVE COMMONS

About a year and half ago the presiding judge of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court called for a study and recommendations on how to reform the county’s bail system.  Now that report has been delivered.

Spirit rock painted to remember the fallen in Florida
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The students in one Northeast Ohio school district went their own way during the National School Walkout.  In Lordstown they had “A Day of Advocacy.”

When a delegation of Lordstown students asked Superintendent Terry Armstrong if they could plan for themselves what to do during the walkout, he said yes.

Picture of the inn
Schoenbrunn Inn

If you’re standing in front of City Hall in New Philadelphia and look west, you’ll see a 160-foot wind turbine standing about a mile down High Avenue at the Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center. It was completed in December, and it’s why City Council is now considering a zoning ordinance for wind turbines. 

The state regulates wind turbines in Ohio.

photo of Akron Police Vehicle
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

ShotSpotter is a high-tech police surveillance system for detecting gunfire in neighborhoods. It’s used by 84 U.S. cities, including Canton and Youngstown, and now, Akron is considering it. 

Shopping Cart
National Cart Company website and cataloge

Abandoned shopping carts are becoming so much of a nuisance in some parts of Canton that City Council has passed a law to try to address the problem.

The carts are showing up in empty lots, the yards of boarded up houses, and sometimes in the street. 

Canton City Councilman John Mariol says they end up in neighborhoods "by and large from people who do not have transportation but need to get their groceries home. When you start seeing shopping carts in` neighborhoods that an indication that poverty is a problem.” 

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