Valerie Royzman

News Intern

Valerie Royzman joined WKSU in August 2019 as a news intern. She is a senior journalism major at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Valerie has spent the last few years in Northeast Ohio, but Toledo is home.

In the spring of 2019, Valerie served as editor of The Kent Stater, the university’s student-run newspaper, and Before that, she held different positions on staff, including features editor, copy desk chief and administration reporter, to get a feel for her true calling. Her favorite stories to write are features—stories that make readers feel deeply. Valerie also wrote for The Burr Magazine on campus.

In the summer of 2019, Valerie worked alongside the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Cincinnati Enquirer/ to cover the opioid epidemic. She covered breaking news on drug busts and overdose spikes, daily news and wrote a profile on Scarlet Hudson, a character first introduced to readers in The Enquirer’s “Seven Days of Heroin.”

Valerie has contributed to Ohio News Connection, a network of independent outlets pioneered by Public News Service. She also enjoys writing essays and poetry. Valerie worked at the Wick Poetry Center on Kent State’s campus, where she taught poetry workshops to immigrants and refugees in Akron’s North Hill neighborhood.

In her free time, Valerie likes to relax with a good book, visit art museums and coffee shops and spend time with family, especially her Boston Terrier, Hazel.


The Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board hopes to move its administrative operations from its Tallmadge location to a site it runs in Cuyahoga Falls by the end of 2021.

Billie Jo David, a spokesperson for the board, says Cuyahoga Falls City Council will vote on a lease agreement Sept. 23.

She says if they get the go-ahead, the new offices, currently a workshop space, will need some renovations.

a photo of Kenmore Boulevard businesses

Community pride got a boost along Kenmore Boulevard this week with the Akron business district’s placement on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tina Boyes, executive director of the Kenmore Neighborhood Alliance, says the designation is rejuvenating pride among residents.

Boyes says the organization has been working toward the designation since 2018.

Photo of Sherrod Brown at the Press Club

We’re still waiting to hear which Ohio city will host the Democratic presidential candidates for a debate October 15th.

Just ten of the 20 remaining candidates qualified for the debate that will be held next Thursday, Sept. 12 in Houston. Ohio congressman Tim Ryan (D-OH 13th) is not among them. But he remains in the race at this point.

Whoever ends up as the nominee, Senator Sherrod Brown is confident he or she will unseat President Donald Trump.

photo of Sen. Sherrod Brown

Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is criticizing the Trump administration for EPA rule waivers that he says are hurting Ohio farmers. The rules had required large oil companies to produce a certain amount of biofuel like ethanol.

By waiving the requirements of the Renewable Fuel Standard, Brown says it takes a market away from Ohio farmers who sell corn to be turned into ethanol.

Illustration of wind speed probabilities forecast for Hurricane Dorian.

As Hurricane Dorian heads toward the U.S., the American Red Cross is deploying local volunteers from Northeast Ohio to help in areas that could be affected.

The storm pummeled the Bahamas, causing widespread devastation and killing at least five people. Forecasters anticipate the hurricane will move toward the Florida coast late tonight.

Jim McIntyre, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Northeast Ohio, says it’s typical when disasters strike for local chapters across the country to band together and send volunteers.

A photo of Joe Miller speaking

A state representative is joining the call for the state-appointed CEO of Lorain City Schools to be more transparent.

In a letter to David Hardy, Amherst Democrat Joe Miller requested financial documents, contracts and administrator evaluations.

Hardy was appointed to the post under the provisions of House Bill 70. Passed in 2015 it allowed for the state to take control of three failing school districts; Lorain, East Cleveland and Youngstown.

Miller says the bill doesn’t give districts the help they need.

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The president of the Lorain school board said there’s no risk that employees will not be paid. Mark Ballard responded to comments from the district's CEO David Hardy. Hardy wrote staff saying a restraining order from the school board would prevent him from hiring a new treasurer to handle payroll. Ballard called Hardy an "unqualified dictator."

“First of all, we know state law is never going to allow teachers who are doing their job to not get paid, or public employees not to get paid. So that was a false narrative that he put out.”