Mark Arehart

Arts Reporter/Host

Mark Arehart joined the award-winning WKSU news team as its arts/culture reporter in 2017. Before coming to Northeast Ohio, Arehart hosted Morning Edition and covered the arts scene for Delaware Public Media. He previously worked for KNKX in Seattle, Kansas Public Radio, and KYUK in Bethel, Alaska.  

His reporting has taken him everywhere from remote islands in the Bering Sea to the tops of skyscrapers overlooking Puget Sound. Arehart has been featured on NPR and the Alaska Public Radio Network. 

Equal parts Nebraskan/Kansan and a University of Kansas graduate, he's a diehard college basketball fan. He loves reading crime fiction and fantasy, as well as enjoying movies with subtitles, explosions, or both. 

He lives in Akron's Highland Square neighborhood and as a former morning drive-time host, you'll likely find him out walking his dog, Otis, well before sunrise.

Feel free to tweet at him, find him on Instagram, or send him an email. 

Family photo of Tamir Rice
Family of Tamir Rice

Here are your morning headlines for Wednesday, July 25:

  • Officer in Tamir Rice shooting gets his suspension cut in half;
  • Cleveland RTA head steps down;
  • Akron Public Schools to open career academy this fall;
  • Health officials continue to investigate Parma Legionairres' outbreak;
  • Ohio reports first case of West Nile virus this year;
  • Rookie quaterback Baker Mayfield signs contract with Cleveland Browns;

Officer in Tamir Rice shooting gets his suspension cut in half

Steel Vengeance is the world's tallest hybrid roller coaster.
Courtesy of Cedar Point

In Sandusky, Cedar Point has started construction on a new indoor sports complex. Officials hope it will draw in large youth sports tournaments.

Courtesy AEG Presents

The historic Agora theater in Cleveland opened the doors after renovations that cost more than $3 million. The owners said they’ve completely restored the venue, which is a big part of Cleveland’s rock heritage.

pocket park on North High Street in Akron
Mark Arehart / WKSU

A new temporary pop-up park in Akron is now open for visitors. It's part of an effort to get more people to the north side of Akron’s downtown. 

photo of Rolling Acres Mall
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, July 17:

  • Akron issues warrants for three shooting suspects;
  • Rolling Acres Mall property sells for $600,000;
  • Ben Carson to visit Family Promise of Greater Cleveland;
  • Former Cuyahoga County Auditor seeks reduced sentence;
  • Belmont County Republican Party Chairman resigns;
  • Gov. John Kasich to dedicate wildlife area to Olympian Jesse Owens;

Akron issues warrants for three shooting suspects

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