Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards

WKSU was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with 10 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony on June 7 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland.  The station won six first-place and the best-in-show award for Best Newscast, which WKSU staff has received in five of the past six years. Award entries were judged by a panel of journalism professionals from press clubs and news publications across the country.

WKSU winners of 2019 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland are:

WKSU was honored by the Press Club of Cleveland with nine Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards at a ceremony on June 1 at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland.  The station won five first-place and the best-in-show award for Best Newscast, which WKSU staff has received in four of the past five years. Award entries were judged by a panel of journalism professionals from press clubs and news publications across the country.

WKSU winners of 2018 Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Press Club of Cleveland are:

The WKSU Morning Edition newscasts from May 22 and Nov. 8, 2017, are excellent representation of the fine work produced by WKSU News on a daily basis. Host and producer Amanda Rabinowitz deftly moves between topics, giving the same attention to stories on sports, politics, business and of community interest.

With a new mayor in place, an activist city planner and foundation funding from, among others, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Akron is looking for new ways to revitalize and change its city core. Throughout 2017, WKSU reporters followed this story as it applied to retail, transportation, business, city living and community, providing area listeners information and inspiration as Akron seeks ways to embrace positive change.

Day after day, week after week, the headlines in Northeast Ohio contain news of lives lost to opioids – both prescribed medication and illegal drugs that include heroin. It’s a public health crisis that knows no bounds. Those affected aren’t defined by geography, race, gender, level of education or income. And, it’s an issue that has found an unfortunate stronghold in Ohio – which has found itself at or near the top of national lists of opioid overdoses and deaths.

WKSU's entry for best newscast, from morning host Amanda Rabinowitz.  This newscast is from March 14, 2016 and represents a very interesting snapshot in time, at the height of the primary season, on the eve of the Ohio Primary and Ohio Governor John Kasich's best chance to win a primary and stop the momentum of eventual Republican nominee Donald Trump. 

Amanda Rabinowitz has been WKSU's local host for Morning Edition since 2007, providing listeners with a trusted, informed and friendly connection with the new that affects them from around the world to around the corner.

In 2014, less than four years after Continental and United announced they were merging, United shut down its hub at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. The number of nonstop flights offered by United is now a quarter of what it once was. This loss of direct access to many destinations around the country was just the latest blow to air travel in the region. In the last decade, Pittsburgh also lost its hub status, and Cincinnati has seen the number of direct flights reduced drastically.

Covering the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland was about more than simply focusing on what was going on at night inside the “Q,” the arena where the convention was taking place. The Convention was a major "get" for Cleveland, a chance to show off the city (and how much it's changed from a symbol of Rustbelt America), to the country and the world.

During 2016, M.L. Schultze was WKSU's lead reporter for coverage of the presidential campaign. The big challenge for journalists in this presidential year was making sure that the reporting was not top-down but ground-up. In other words, Schultze wanted to ensure that our political reporting was focused on the concerns of the voters, not the agendas of the politicians.