Shinia Williams

News Intern

Cleveland resident Shinia Williams began her career in journalism at Kent State University in 2017. Shinia is passionate about shedding light on stories of hardship and powerful leaders from her hometown. For the past two years she has been producing full multimedia packages, which cover community-oriented project and individuals that strive to make a difference.

Shinia is also a host for one of the newest shows on TV2 News called The College Voice. As a host Shinia usually opens the show introducing either a worldly or entertainment news topic, which she and cast members further discuss together. Shinia has also written segment pieces for the show before, delivering five minutes of her “Hot topics” and “Seasonal fashion trends.”

Shinia is versatile and able to cover anything from hard hitting news, to entertainment news. After she graduates from Kent with her B.A. in journalism, she looks forward to pursuing her career as a local news reporter.

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a photo of signage at Spire Institute in Geneva

An Olympic grade training facility in Northeast Ohio has been sold. A Baltimore based investment firm has acquired Spire, in Geneva. The purchase price was not disclosed.

The 177-acre complex hosts a variety of high profile indoor and outdoor sporting events. Spire has had some financial setbacks, which caused the company to seek a buyer in March.

Spire’s Chief Operating Officer Jeff Orloff says the investment firm Axxella will take them to the next level.

Former General Motors Lordstown plant

The company that bought Lordstown’s former General Motors plant is expected to be ready to start producing an electric pickup truck there within the next year.

Steve Burns, the CEO of Lordstown Motors Corp., says that production will start with about 400 workers. He hopes to eventually offer as many jobs as GM did at the height of production for the Chevy Cruze when around 4,500 people worked the plant’s three shifts.

A photo of Akron Stem Esports team

It’s not often that you hear of a high school making space for student competitive gaming. Akron’s STEM High School is modifying the school library to make space in January for a new gaming center for their esports team. The district has approved spending $39,000 on the project.

The esports team has about 40 students who compete at JV and Varsity levels in online gaming matches against other high schools. Team coach Jeff Caranna  says the program gives students a feeling of comradery.

photo of panhandling

A Civil Rights group is pleased with a new panhandling law passed this week by Summit County Council. The American Civil Liberties Union had been fighting the county’s previous law that banned panhandling in townships.

ACLU attorney Joseph Mead says the law violated First Amendment free speech rights.

A photo of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank logo.
Greater Cleveland Food Bank

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has been chosen for a pilot program that seeks to help those in need in a new way.

A photo of professor Dr.Deric Kenne (left) and Dr.Ruoming Jin (right).

Could data have helped prevent the opioid crisis in Ohio? A Kent State University researcher says yes. Public Health Professor Deric Kenne is partnering with a Kent computer scientist to develop The Northeast Ohio Tri-County Prevention Infrastructure.

A photo of a family with their new home

A local organization is working to increase homeownership in Akron's North Hill neighborhood. Legacies of Success is a religious nonprofit that works with individual donors, grants, and community partners to buy and renovate properties. 

They sell them to families at a price below market value. Future homeowners are provided with rent-to-buy options, financial counseling, and household training.

The program has been serving the community since 2011 and has already helped nine families. Executive Director Brendan Haggerty explains the need in North Hill.   

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Senator Sherrod Brown is pushing for the reauthorization of a national program aimed at reducing infant mortality rates. The Healthy Start Program provides free and low cost medical care for mothers and their children.

Brown says the program also works to reduce racial disparities when it comes to infant mortality rates. African-American babies are three times more likely to die than white infants in Ohio.


 A new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation says 2 million Ohioans are at risk of losing their health insurance if the Trump administration’s lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act succeeds. People with pre-existing conditions are particularly vulnerable.

But Senator Sherrod Brown says that’s not all.  



Riders of Akron Metro RTA Buses no longer have to worry about bringing along cash to pay for their ticket. The agency has launched an app that allows riders to pay their fare directly from their smartphones.

Metro RTA Spokesperson Halee Gerenday says the EZfare app will enhance the customer experience.


A photo of a Monarch Butterfly

Local agencies are encouraging people to help grow the food source for a beloved butterfly. The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative have teamed up to collect Milkweed Seed pods, the food source of Monarch butterflies.

SWCD Program Manager Amy Roskilly says that the Common Milkweed is not as common as it used to be.


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Small businesses in Ohio are struggling to find workers according to the National Federation of Independent Business. They surveyed small businesses and found that nationally a quarter of them are having trouble finding skilled workers who can pass drug tests.

In Ohio, three quarters of the business owners who responded said they were having trouble finding workers. NFIB Director Roger Geiger says Ohio is facing a crisis.


Congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH 13) is trying something different in his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's released a recording of his policies in a streaming album. Called "A New and Better Agenda" the 10-tracks cover gun control, education, healthcare, college affordability and more. The album can be streamed on Spotify.

a photo of a couple at their Halloween wedding

Halloween is not typically the first holiday you think of when it comes to love. However, Akron Municipal Court will once again be offering couples the opportunity to tie the knot on the spookiest of days. The court is offering to officiate weddings at the Akron Civic Theatre on October 31st.

This is the fourth year the court has offered the special Halloween ceremonies. Judge Ron Cable will preside.

photo of Lordstown GM

Some of the workers laid off when General Motors idled its plant in Lordstown in March joined United Auto Workers on strike against GM. The automaker has offered a number of Lordstown workers transfers to other facilities.  

Other workers have been waiting for the possibility of new life for the Lordstown facility. Bill Adams is vice president of UAW Local 1112 which represents workers at Lordstown.


Ring Video Doorbell in box
Carter Adams / WKSU

A Northeast Ohio police department is part of a nationwide partnership with Amazon that uses a doorbell security system for surveillance.

Rocky River is the first police department in the region to use Amazon’s Ring video doorbell system, which allows residents to send videos of suspicious activity through an app called Neighbors.

Amazon hopes the app will create a safer environment, but critics are concerned about the risks of becoming a surveillance society.

a photo of Aultman Hospital

A Stark County addiction treatment provider is opening a detox center this fall inside Canton's Aultman Hospital. CommQuest is relocating the service it’s been operating in Massillon.

CommQuest President and CEO Keith Hochadel says moving to Aultman will provide access for more people in need. And being in a hospital setting means they can help patients who often seek treatment in the emergency room.