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Lithuanian Journalist Comes to KSU to Share Journalistic Principles

A picture of Ruslanas Irzikevicius.
A picture of Ruslanas Iržikevičius (left) with Elevations Host, Dean Amy Reynolds.

Ruslanas Iržikevičius is the Distinguished Humphrey Fellowship Program, in the Kent State School of Media and Journalism. He is a renowned journalist, the founder of the Lithuanian Tribune, and BaltoScandia Media. While here at Kent, Dean Amy Reynolds spoke with him about what he hopes to accomplish here in the United States, and about the value of independent journalism.


After a degree in broadcasting and theater from BGSU, Joe’s professional radio world commenced in Archbold, Ohio, in 1979, where he was the overnight deejay. In 1980 he transitioned to one of Ohio’s original radio stations, WSPD in Toledo. There he became a bone fide, mulit-award winning production director, and began paying serious attention to voice. In 1984 he came back to his hometown of Cleveland and became a full-time freelance voice artist, doing work heard all over the country. It was during this time that he was hired as an actor once a month on the WKSU production, “Standing Rock Access,” which ran from 1984-85. The freelance voice work has continued for over 30 years now. In addition to the voice work, in 1986 Joe joined, as production director, the highly successful team at Lite Rock 106.5 WLTF-FM/WRMR-AM in Cleveland, which through ownership change became WLTF-FM/WWWE-AM in 1990.