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Much has changed in the 50 years since the shootings including the university's own acknowledgment and acceptance of what happened on that day. At the same time, some questions and mysteries still remain.To mark the 50th anniversary, we consider the lasting impact of the shootings.

WKSU and WCPN Co-Host Special Broadcast to Remember May 4 at 50

photo of national guardsmen on May 4, 1970
Line of National Guard personnel, walking forward, wearing gas masks, with weapons

Fifty years ago, on May 4th, 1970, unarmed students on the campus of Kent State University were fired upon by Ohio National Guard troops as the students protested US involvement in the Vietnam War. When the shooting ended, four lay dead and nine more were wounded. WKSU joined with WCPN for a special simulcast of The Sound of Ideas on May 4, 2020 at 9 a.m. to remember the tragedy. The show was co-hosted by WCPN's Mike McIntyre and WKSU News Director Andrew Meyer. They were talked with the president of Kent State University and a former president instrumental in moving the campus toward facing the reality of what happened there. They also checked in with two survivors of the shootings and got prespectives from public radio reporters who have covered the story for years.


-Todd Diacon, President, Kent State University 

-Carol Cartwright, Former President, Kent State University

-Alan Canfora, Survivor

-Dean Kahler, Survivor

-Mark Urycki, Former Reporter, WCPN and WKSU

-Jeff St. Clair, Reporter, WKSU 

Andrew joined WKSU News in 2014. He oversees the daily operations of the WKSU news department and its reporters and hosts, coordinates daily coverage, and serves as editor. His commitment is to help foster reporting that marks the best of what public radio has to offer: a mix of first-rate journalism with great storytelling. His responsibilities also include long-term strategic planning for news coverage in Northeast Ohio that serves WKSU’s audience via on-air, online, by social media and through emerging technologies. Andrew also serves as a back-up local host for Morning Edition, Here and Now and All Things Considered.