Ann VerWiebe

Communication Specialist

Ann followed a circuitous path to the WKSU Marketing and Public Relations Department that involved a decade working in professional costume shops and a master’s degree in Arts Administration from The University of Akron. Her duties at WKSU since joining the staff in 1998 include writing and editing E-Notes (the station's national award-winning email newsletter), various print newsletters and articles, and numerous press releases.  She also coordinates WKSU's social media efforts, creates online content and writes newsletters and press releases for FolkAlley.com and the Kent State Folk Festival. Ann also enjoys working with the newsroom on awards submissions and earning prizes for the deserving WKSU staff.

Among these awards are several prizes Ann picked up for press release and email newsletter writing from Ohio Professional Writers, Inc. and that organization's parent, the National Federation of Press Women. You might recognize from her booth duty at events such as EarthFest, the Cleveland International Film Festival and WKSU nights with many local arts organizations, or from the sales table at the Kent State Folk Festival. Ann lives out the single woman cliché by driving a sensible Honda Fit and insisting on putting her cats' names on her holiday cards. Along with being an active Unitarian-Universalist, her interests include sewing, reading, gardening and shopping.

WKSU was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with nine Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony on June 1 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland.  The station won five first-place and the best-in-show award for Best Newscast, which WKSU staff has received in four of the past five years. Award entries were judged by a panel of journalism professionals from press clubs and news publications across the country.

WKSU winners of 2018 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland are:

Beginning in late May, WKSU News presents Navigating the Path to Mental Health, a six-part series examining access and availability issues surrounding mental health care in Northeast Ohio. The project includes reports airing during WKSU’s broadcast of NPR’s Morning Edition each Tuesday from May 29 through July 3 and a community forum at the Akron-Summit County Public Library on June 27 at 7 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra invites WKSU members to purchase half-priced tickets for four specially selected concerts during the 50th Anniversary Blossom Music Festival in summer 2018. Members can download a form through the WKSU Member Portal that can be presented with a photo ID at the Severance Hall or Blossom box offices to buy up to eight half-priced tickets for the following performances (this cannot be combined with other offers):

As Kent State University celebrates the end of another academic year, WKSU welcomes a new Walton D. Clarke Fellow to the newsroom. Lydia Taylor is a recent graduate of Kent State University and earned a degree in multimedia journalism. She is attending Kent State’s Journalism Graduate Program in the fall and will report and produce Morning Edition as part of her fellowship. She will also be working at Kent State Magazine over the summer.

Reporter and columnist Tanzina Vega has been named as host of The Takeaway, heard Mondays through Fridays on WKSU at 9 a.m. She begins on May 7. Vega joins The Takeaway from CNN, where she covered race and inequality.

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