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

Marilyn Keith
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

With the New Year, newly elected, and selected, political leaders are taking over key jobs in in many northeast Ohio Cities.  In Akron, Marilyn Keith will now head up City Council.  She spoke at length with WKSU’s Tim Rudell, about what she sees coming.

Marilyn Keith retired from teaching four years ago to become Akron’s 8th Ward City Council representative. She says she didn’t imagine, or have any interest in, becoming council president. But a flurry of events, including 

Rev. Christie Anerson
Unitarian Universalist Church of Kent / UUC website

A group promoting civility in public discourse, and opposing what it calls the “language of hate,” will be marching following the Martin Luther King, Jr. prayer breakfast in Kent today.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

The Kent Interfaith Alliance for Reconciliation & Justice came together this summer as a unified voice against racism and cultural conflict.  And, the group is planning to raise that voice again following the Portage County NAACP’s annual prayer breakfast in honor of Dr. King being held at the United Church of East Main Street. 

The ‘Akron Pros’ were the NFL’s first Champions -- and their coach, Fritz Pollard was the first African American head coach in the NFL.

That was in 1920. In 2016, his legacy could influence the Browns as they look for new leadership for their football program.

The ‘Fritz Pollard Alliance -- led by former NFL players — is the group that got the NFL to require all teams to interview minority candidates for senior job vacancies.  They pushed for what is now called the ‘Rooney Rule’ — after the Pittsburgh Steelers owner who headed the NFL committee that drafted it.

Marilyn Keith
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The American Civil Liberties Union wants Akron to repeal an ordinance that restricts panhandling in the city. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports.

In a letter to the city, the Ohio chapter of the ACLU calls Akron’s regulation of public begging a free-speech violation.

   

Council President Marilyn Keith says issues raised by the ACLU must be discussed, but, that city and local agencies offer sufficient resources to keep anyone from going without. She says discouraging panhandling better ensures that people will seek help. 

City Hall, downtown Canton
Tim Rudell / WKSU

The city of Canton is borrowing $2 million from itself to meet start-of-the-year operating expenses.  WKSU’s Tim Rudell explains.

Canton’s financial challenges for 2016 include a projected $4.2 million  deficit. But, there is also a more immediate problem. Covering some expenses late in 2015 left the city’s General Fund too thin at the start of 2016.

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