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

Akron City Council Meeting
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron City Council plans to vote Monday on a request by Mayor Dan Horrigan to seek refinancing of about $235-million in city debt. 

Looking north toward the University of Akron
Akron Global Business Accelerator

Akron is looking to get a Bounce. That’s actually the name of a project announced last month by Mayor Dan Horrigan.  It’s aimed at energizing business development in the Akron area.  The idea is to create an innovation hub in the city.  The mayor and the head of a D.C.-based venture fund advising the city spoke of the start-up effort.

recharge and download array for camcorders
Tim Rudell / WKSU

Akron is in the final phase of its million-dollar plan to fully equip its Police Department with body cams.  At a news conference today, Acting Police Chief Kenneth Ball and Mayor Dan Horrigan said the last of the specialty camcorders are on their way from the manufacturer. 

The announcement came as the November election is nearing with the city seeking .25 percent increase in the income tax to pay for, among other things, improved police services.  Horrigan was asked about the timing. 

Energy Transfer Partners

Activity in Ohio’s Utica Shale play has been slowly increasing in 2017 as long-term infrastructure projects, like pipelines and processing plants, have come on line.

Facilities to process production from Utica shale wells, and pipes to move it to customers, have been under construction for years. 

Shawn Bennett of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association says those are now mostly in place or will be soon. And he says that has a two-fold value.

Tim Rudell / WKSU

The new stadium at the Hall of Fame Village already looms over I-77 on Canton’s northwest side, but another phase of construction for the NFL’s newest venue is getting under way.

Crews worked around-the-clock to get the main stands, luxury suites and press box ready for last month’s Hall of Fame festivities and game. But some internal infrastructure and things like the east end zone seating still have to be finished.

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