Amanda Levine

News Intern

Amanda Levine is currently a senior journalism major with a minor in sports administration. Prior to being an intern at WKSU, Amanda has experience as both a reporter and an editor. She was a sports reporter for the Kent Stater and eventually, an Assigning Editor. She also has experience covering campus activism and the 2019 government shutdown.

Amanda also was an intern for Amazin’ Prospects. There she covered the Brooklyn Cyclones, one of the Mets minor league teams. As a huge Mets and baseball fan, she loves learning about the intersection between sports and politics.

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A photo of Cleveland Clinic in Strongsville.
GOOGLE EARTH

People with food allergies have a new option for treatment in Northeast Ohio. The Cleveland Clinic opened its Food Allergy Center in Strongsville this week.

The facility offers personalized care to pediatric and adult patients.

Center director Sandra Hong, MD said patients with food allergies experience unique challenges beyond diet.

A photo of Summit Lake Apartments
AKRON METROPOLITAN HOUSING AUTHORITY

The Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority (AMHA) is trying out a new program that aims to help people who live in public housing overcome obstacles for employment.

As part of the program, case managers will be available to meet with people living at AMHA's Summit Lake Apartments.

AMHA executive director Brian Gage says finding a job is not always the hard part.

a photo of carnation city mall in Alliance
NICHOLAS ECKHART / CREATIVE COMMONS

Northeast Ohio has had its struggles with malls, like Akron's Chapel Hill which is facing foreclosure. But in Alliance, there is new hope for the Carnation City Mall.

The shopping center currently has just a few stores and food vendors left including a J.C. Penney and Dunham’s Sports.

GM Lordstown plant
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Sen. Rob Portman says he supports a loan program that would help Lordstown Motors Corp. in its effort to build electric pickup trucks at the old General Motors Co. plant.

The Energy Department loan is known as the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program. Lordstown Motors was seeking $200 million. But, President Donald Trump cut the loan program from his proposed 2021 budget.

Portman says that is not the final word.

Downtown Akron
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

When it comes to quality of life, one of the most basic things is having a place to call home. A new media partnership in Akron wants to tell the stories of Akron residents  and the challenges they face when it comes to housing. Home in Akron is a collaboration involving The Devil Strip, WEWS-TV, the Beacon Journal, the Center for Investigative Reporting and WKSU.

drawing of Donald Trump
NPR

The Senate impeachment vote is widely expected to result in President Trump’s acquittal on both articles. 

One of Ohio’s senators says that doesn’t mean senators think he’s not guilty.  

Democrat Sherrod Brown says behind closed doors many of his Republican Senate colleagues acknowledge to him that Trump did something wrong.

“Privately they tell me they know this president broke the law. Privately they tell me he lies, he cheated and got caught and covered this up," Brown said. "They are not willing to take that next step to vote against the president in public."  

a photo of vaping products
JO INGLES / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

The local chapter of the American Heart Association says one in four high school students report using an e-cigarette in the past month. The organization hosted a community conversation about the issue Thursday with school administrators and students.  

Addison Johnson, a senior at Akron’s STEM high school, told the Heart Association vaping devices are small and easy to use undetected at school. He also said there’s a misperception among students who use them.

Drumm's 'Tree of Life' stands tall in front of the newly-opened I Promise School in Akron.
MARK AREHART / WKSU

The I Promise School will be adding a new facility for students and families. HomeTown Hall will be used as a gathering space for members of the school's community. The school will host a monthly dinner for students and families in the hall.

The J.M. Smucker Company donated $1 million dollars to the LeBron James Family Foundation to help pay for the new facility, which will be located adjacent to the I Promise School. Construction could begin later thsi year. 

During his first news conference, the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns acknowledged the turmoil that’s come with turnover in the position, and he promised fans that he will work to deliver a winner.  

Kevin Stefanski described the players as a "resilient" group after having multiple changes in the coaching staff over the past two years.