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

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.


Stark County Democrats are not going through with threatened litigation over who will complete  the term of Stark County Commissioner Tom Bernabei, who's resigning a year early to become mayor of Canton.

Tim Rudell / WKSU

The Cuyahoga County grand jury announced Monday is is not indicting the Cleveland police officers involved in the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in November 2014. But, WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports that the incident will be the subject of a new, non-criminal investigation.

YSU Export Internship Class of 2015

To help Ohio businesses expand their horizons, the state and two major universities have come together to offer special “export” internships.

Tom Bernabei in the WKSU Canton bureau

Four Democrats and two Republicans have filed to seek their parties’ respective nominations to run for the seat on the Stark County Commission being vacated by Canton Mayor-elect Tom Bernabei. 

The Democrats are Katherine Blaylock, head of a small nonprofit, former Stark Commissioner Peter Ferguson, Canton Councilman Kevin Fisher and  state Rep. Stephen Slesnick -- all of Canton.  

The Republicans are Dr. David Mungo of Alliance and Canton Township Trustee Bill Smith.