Collaboration includes radio reports and documentary film
The WKSU newsroom looks back at two significant historical events, presented in collaboration with Western Reserve PBS. As the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War approaches, Western Reserve PBS (WNEO/WEAO) joins with a national PBS effort to examine ramifications that are still being felt today of that deadly conflict. A focal point of the public television station’s coverage is a broadcast on April 28 of the Oscar-nominated documentary The Last Days of Vietnam, directed by Rory Kennedy and part of PBS’ American Experience program.
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.