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 fills in to host Cincinnati Edition when Mark Heyne is off. 

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.  In 2016 The Salesian Guild honored her as Distinguished Communicator of the year. 

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The recent crisis in Flint, Michigan brought attention to how many water pipes in America are made of lead, — but lead exists elsewhere and exposure to it can cause serious health problems. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the most common source of lead poisoning is from lead-based paint and contaminated dust in old buildings.

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Many people considered the Rabbit Hash General Store as the heart of Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, the tiny Ohio River town visited by thousands of people each year. A working store since 1831, the Rabbit Hash General Store was destroyed by fire last February.

Howard Wilkinson talks with WVXU's Maryanne Zeleznik about Tuesday's primary election in Ohio.  From the presidential races to Ohio's 8th Congressional District and Hamilton County Recorder. 

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People in Greater Cincinnati waiting for a heart transplant will no longer have to travel hundreds of miles.  After a nearly ten year hiatus, UC Health is again offering the surgery.  David Waits of Hillsboro received a new heart February 2nd.

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Update 2:40 p.m.

Hamilton County Commission President Chris Monzel says “The city’s repeated and flagrant disregard of its obligations stated very clearly under the 2014 Federal Court Order made today’s court action necessary. “We respectfully ask the court to enforce its previous order and allow Hamilton County to bring accountability and transparency which are so badly needed in MSD operations.”

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New Security measures are in place at U.S. Bank Arena.  Starting with the Blake Shelton Concert Thursday, ticket holders will have to walk through metal detectors and large bags and purses will be limited to 12 by 12 by six inches.

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Update Monday 2:36 p.m.

The family of Sam DuBose will receive nearly $5.3 million in cash and services from the University of Cincinnati.  DuBose was shot and killed by a UC police officer last July. 

The settlement comes after two days of mediation between attorneys for the family and for the university.

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Settling an estate, sorting through a person’'s possessions and weighing their sentimental value with their monetary value, can be a challenge. That’'s why many people seek the advice of a professional appraiser, someone who can provide an objective, impartial, and unbiased opinion about the value of real property.

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'Tis the season and, as usual, the broadcast and cable networks have a busy schedule of Christmas movies and holiday specials to get you in the spirit. And once again this year, television and entertainment reporter John Kiesewetter has put together his list of holiday programs so you can find your favorites.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 WCPO.com. 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.

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Restoration and renovation of Union Terminal won't begin until next year, but now we know who will be doing the work.

We are accustomed to odd weather in the Tri-state, but this summer has been particularly unusual: heavy rains and unseasonably low temperatures followed by days of intense, dry heat, followed by more rain and cooler days. One morning it’'s August, the next October, then we'’re back to August again. It’'s posed a real challenge to farmers and anyone trying to keep their lawns and gardens healthy.

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This November, Ohioans will vote on Ballot Issue 3 which, if passed, will legalize marijuana in the state. The path to legalization in Ohio has been winding and considerably difficult to follow, with even pro-legalization groups coming out against the specific proposal on the ballot, which limits marijuana cultivation to just ten farms, the number of sometimes surprising supporters of legalization, and many unanswered questions over the impact legalized pot will have on Ohio and surrounding states.

Earlier this summer, the University of Cincinnati’'s Production Master Class traveled to the wilderness of Alaska to document Expedition Alaska 2015, a 350-mile, seven day non-stop adventure race.

Cincinnati is home to unique food and restaurants that stand the test of time. Through the years we have had a wide choice of dining options, from the Maisonette to The Wheel cafeteria, and many current restaurants boast a long and rich history, among them Arnold's, Izzy's, Scotti's, and Mecklenburg Gardens. And there is our chili.

Ensemble Theater Cincinnati is celebrating its 30th season with a mix of classics, new plays, and a musical, tales from a fighter pilot turned drone operator to the magical world of Cinderella.

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber recently held a series of listening sessions for members to meet with the Chamber’'s Government Affairs team and share their views on legislation and regional initiatives that affect business growth.

As of 7:45 p.m. Tuesday evening, Duke Energy has about 500 crews working to restore power.  Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen says most of those affected by Tuesday afternoon's storm are in the Eastern Clermont County area. Although there are widespread outages throughout the region from storms on Monday and Tuesday.

You can listen to an interview with Sally Thelen below.

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Tens of thousands of visitors will be in Cincinnati for All-Star Game activities starting Friday.  Along with having fun, they'll be creating trash, but plans are in the works to recycle as much as possible.

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Update: The one-hour performance by Cal Scruby has been canceled. Other planned performances will go ahead as scheduled. 

The concert series where violence broke out on Fountain Square last weekend is being canceled.

This weekend's Paddlefest has been canceled because of high waters and Hurricane Bill.  Organizers say in a release, it will be held August 2nd instead because of safety concerns. 

The Roots on the River Music & Outdoor Festival at Coney Island today is still ON from 4-midnight with great music, SUP lessons, outdoor adventure vendors of all kinds, gear swap, kayak fishing contest, silent auction, etc.  

 

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