Kabir Bhatia

Reporter

Kabir Bhatia joined WKSU as a Reporter/Producer and weekend host in 2010.  He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Kent State University.  While a Kent student, Bhatia served as a WKSU student assistant, working in the newsroom and for production.

Among his awards, he was named Best of Show – Best Reporter in Ohio for 2013 by the Ohio chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Ways to Connect

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It's a joint that's spun into one of the region’s most popular fast-food chains. But at some point during its 85-year history, something about Swensons changed.  Many people probably never noticed, but one man did, and he reached out to us. In this installment of “OH Really?,” we try to solve the case of the missing apostrophe.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

People in Summit County got to see sustainability in action as part of the 16th annual Greater Akron Energy tour over the weekend which featured homes, a school, and the Akron Zoo.

The tour started and ended at the Zoo’s "Big Hanna" composter. In between, participants stopped at the Akron Metro transit station, Old Trail School and the solar-powered Hudson home of State Rep. Casey Weinstein (D-Hudson).

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Close to two million Ohioans are affected by food insecurity. A group gathered at Walsh University over the weekend to talk about ways to help them. Jennifer Vokoun is director of Walsh’s Food Design Institute, which was formed in 2017 after the first two conferences.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

A travelling memorial to Ohioans killed in the War On Terror will be in North Olmsted after stopping in Richfield over the weekend.

Summit County Councilman David Hamilton
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

Summit County Council is slated to hear a plan Monday evening to create a stormwater management study committee. The seven-person group would include County Executive Ilene Shapiro and County Engineer Alan Brubaker.

At-Large Councilman Clair Dickinson says their goal would be to determine how to implement a county-wide stormwater management system.

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The Cleveland Public Library is mounting an effort to capture images of current-day life in the city as part of its 150th anniversary celebration.

The library is home to more than a million images, spanning everything from prominent chess players of the 1850s to the Flats in the 1980s.

kayakers in the Cuyahoga River
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Heavy rain this spring pushed local waterways to higher-than normal levels, and listener Patrick Pierquet from Wooster asks “OH Really?” how that could affect wildlife.

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Gov. Mike DeWine has declared a state of emergency in 63 counties Ohio counties due to heavy rains that damaged roadways in June.

The move allows the Department of Transportation to get federal funding for road repairs. ODOT spokesman Matt Bruning says they’ll be identifying the affected roads over the next two weeks. But they will consider more than just the level of damage.

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The Cleveland Public Library is celebrating its 150th birthday tomorrow with a daylong street fair. The event at the main branch in downtown Cleveland will include a parade, a Ferris wheel, and performance artists.

But CEO Felton Thomas said it’s not just a commemoration, but a way to show that the library has evolved with technology to meet the needs of the public.

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TIM RUDELL / WKSU

The 34th Annual Canton Balloon Classic will kick off a week of Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement events

More than 50 balloons will fill the skies above Canton, according to organizer Andrea Hartman.

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Extreme weather in Northeast Ohio this year is having an impact on vendors at some Northeast Ohio farmers markets.

Several vendors were absent from the Hudson Farmer's Market on Saturday due to excessive heat. And several of the ones who were there with produce say they have fewer goods to sell due to this spring’s heavy rains.

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Medina County’s only Child Advocacy Center has opened a new facility, and it’s meant to keep children safer and give them better access to services.

The nonprofit’s new facility is almost twice as big as the previous one. It’s one of about 30 in the state to use the child advocacy model, which brings together teams of professionals with legal, medical and social services backgrounds.

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Five-hundred kids have new bicycles today thanks to a “Christmas in July” event in Akron.

On Schiller Avenue in North Hill early Sunday morning one youngster could be heard shouting, “Who wouldn’t want free bikes? It’s summertime!” as six medium-sized trucks pulled up. The trucks were packed with small bikes and 10-speeds donated by Dayton-based Huffy and other community partners. The nonprofit Elves & More organized the effort and distributed the bikes.

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Four independent booksellers in Northeast Ohio joined others around the country to try to help the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border. The Bookstores Against Borders event over the weekend raised money for RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit providing legal aid and other resources to refugees detained  at the border.

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When Apollo 11 launched 50 years ago, it was propelled by a liquid hydrogen-fueled launch vehicle called Centaur – which wouldn’t have existed without decades of work by scientists at what’s today called NASA Glenn Research Center. One of those scientists was Joe Nieberding, who recently spoke with Kabir Bhatia about Cleveland’s role in the space race.

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An Akron band who were seasoned professionals -- while still in their teens -- has reunited to make a new album, and to tour, for the first time in over a decade.

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Akron's first Bridgestone Senior Players Championship golf tournament wrapped up Sunday. But its economic impact remains to be seen.

The seniors event replaces the Bridgestone Invitational, which was moved to Memphis and renamed last year after Bridgestone declined to renew its sponsorship.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Officials with Summit MetroParks are moving into the final phase of a $7 million project which will restore nearly five miles of waterways.

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KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Over the past 50 years, freight traffic on the lower Cuyahoga River has increasingly competed with smaller watercraft as the river has rebounded to become a recreation channel. Watershed is a series looking at our waterways and what the future holds for them. This installment looks at one river, competing interests.

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ANNA HUNTSMAN / WKSU

A new service launched by the Ohio Department of Health this month offers free, confidential help for people under 18 who are trying to stop using e-cigarettes and tobacco – a growing issue that the Surgeon General is calling an epidemic.

The “My Life, My Quit” initiative is an outgrowth of the Ohio Tobacco Quit phone line for adults. But the new program for teens offers help over the phone, by text or online.

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Officials with the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission estimate the financial impact of Tuesday's All-Star Game will be about $65 million -- and that’s before factoring-in ticket sales.

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One year ago, Akron's Summit Lake was declared clean enough for recreation, and officials say the lake has made progress over the past 12 months.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s new interactive exhibit, The Garage, opens Monday – allowing visitors to play real musical instruments.

There are bass guitars, drums, guitars and keyboards in the space, where people can play individually, watch a tutorial, or jam with other visitors. Inductee Darryl DMC McDaniels (2009) cut the ribbon on The Garage, and says it’s a fitting homage to the place where rock’s spirit lives.

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The Akron Zoo’s Pride of Africa exhibit opened over the weekend, allowing visitors to see what life with the lions is like.

The $7 million exhibit will include five lions as well as a species new to the Akron Zoo, Speke’s gazelles. The zoo partnered on the exhibit’s design with the Kenya-based South Rift Association of Landowners, which aims to avoid human-animal conflict. The group’s co-founder, John Kamanga, says the goal is to immerse visitors in the Maasai culture.

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The announcement that the 150-year-old Youngstown Vindicator will cease publication at the end of August came as a shock to at least one top Mahoning Valley business leader. But he says there are still possibilities for saving print journalism in the city.

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