WKSU has received 13 Ohio SPJ Awards from Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The competition recognized station staff for work. Standout awards for WKSU included Best Reporter in Ohio for Reporter/Producer Kabir Bhatia. Awards were presented on Oct. 25 during a ceremony in Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare’s Westfield Insurance Studio.
WKSU has named veteran journalist Andrew Meyer as the station’s next news director. His roles include managing WKSU reporters and working with senior staff to set coverage priorities and build relationships within the Northeast Ohio community. The WKSU news staff currently comprises seven full-time reporter/producers stationed in the station’s main broadcast facility in Kent, Ohio, and satellite studios in Cleveland, the Cultural Center in Canton and downtown Akron.
WKSU, a public radio station and service of Kent State University, was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with 12 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony held June 6 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland. The station won three first-place and two best-in-show awards, including Best Website in Ohio – a category that drew from the best of radio, TV, newspaper and magazine websites – and Best Newscast. Award entries were judged by a panel of journalism professionals from press clubs and news publications across the country.
In a ceremony held May 18 in Columbus, Ohio, WKSU was honored with seven awards from the Ohio Associated Press Media Editors Association, including a second-place award for Best News Operation. The event celebrated the best journalism in Ohio. It is the second year that contests for print and broadcast reporting were combined.
WKSU’s Amanda Rabinowitz Recognized With a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Sports Reporting
WKSU Assistant News Director Amanda Rabinowitz was presented a prestigious National Murrow Award from Radio-Television-Digital News Association (RTDNA) at an Oct. 14 ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. The award was presented by ESPN investigative reporter T.J. Quinn during the live-streamed formal event.
WKSU (89.7 FM) is reinforcing the strength of its award-winning newsroom by expanding news and information programming in its daily schedule beginning Aug. 5. The station will feed listeners’ curiosity with a mix of trusted news magazines and new programs, including several which previously have only been heard in Northeast Ohio on WKSU’s HD-4 channel.
After a national search, Daniel E. Skinner has been named general manager of WKSU, Kent State University’s award-winning NPR-affiliated radio station. Skinner will begin his new role on January 2, 2013.