Maryanne Zeleznik

News Director and Morning Edition Host

In 2005, Maryanne Zeleznik came to 91.7 WVXU from WNKU where she served as News and Public Affairs Director for 20 years. At WVXU she is responsible for all news and public affairs programming, covers daily news, produces local features, regularly contributes news stories to National Public Radio, and hosts Morning Edition Monday through Friday, and Cincinnati Edition on Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 pm.

Zeleznik has won numerous regional and national journalism awards including the Leo C. Lee Award for significant contributions to public radio news from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, as well as awards from Ohio Associated Press, Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and the Cincinnati Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

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Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around working with nature, instead of against it, to foster sustainable systems and lifestyles.

Thanksgiving starts off the holiday season, as well as the food season. And whether you'’re a novice or long-time cook, you insist on sticking to your family’'s traditional holiday meal or you like to spice things up with new or unusual dishes, everyone can use a little help preparing that perfect holiday dinner.

The Cincinnati Observatory Center was the first public observatory in the Western Hemisphere, and is known as “The Birthplace of American Astronomy.” Today Greater Cincinnati is home to three observatories.

Provided, Design Impact

Design can be used for many things, but how about solving social problems? That’'s exactly what nonprofit social innovation firm Design Impact strives to do. Those at the firm -– designers, community development leaders, social entrepreneurs and educators alike - collaborate with other nonprofits to design creative systems and services that evaluate deeper problems such as youth homelessness.

Where you live can have a dramatic impact on how far your money will go and what type of lifestyle you lead. According to one online cost-of-living calculator, someone earning an annual salary of $50,000 in Cincinnati would need to make $80,000 to maintain the same standard of living in Boston. But just $47,000 in Cookeville, Tennessee.


The Cincinnati Film Society has a special outlet for examining LGBT issues: the OutReels Film Festival. This is the fourth year for the annual event which attracts directors, producers, actors and attendees from across the country to Cincinnati for film screenings and lectures. The film of note this year, “Upstairs Inferno: The Documentary,” profiles the largest gay mass murder in U.S. history. It was written and directed by filmmaker Robert Camina.

Provided, , the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

The call for athletic programs to stop using representations of American Indians as team names and mascots began in the 1960s, and just last week, President Obama once again publicly urged professional and school programs to change names that are considered offensive. But many feel the use of American Indian symbols in sports is more than offensive.


A new segment of the Williamsburg to Batavia Hike/Bike Trail is now open, making the trail six miles long. 

A news release says when it’s completed it will be 15 miles.  It runs from Williamsburg to the East Fork State Park Campground and now to Zagar Road in Batavia Township.


The Ohio Transformation Fund is a newly-launched funding collaborative initiated to address criminal justice reform and reduce the number and racial disparity of youth and adults incarcerated in Ohio. The Fund was created to leverage a significant investment in the state by the Ford Foundation

Provided, Kevin Necessary

Political and editorial cartoons have long been a staple of American life, think Benjamin Franklin's "Join or Die" illustration of a severed snake representing the colonies. And, more recently, many Cincinnatians remember the great work of editorial cartoonist Jim Borgman in The Cincinnati Enquirer. Today illustrator Kevin Necessary is continuing the tradition of thoughtful and thought-provoking editorial cartooning online, at He joins us to discuss his work, what inspires him to draw, and some of the local and national reactions his editorial cartoons have generated.