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 Big Story

Nov 9, 2012

Now that the election is over, Maryanne Zeleznik speaks with WVXU's political reporter Howard Wilkinson about how the races were won and what to expect for the mid-term elections in 2014.


This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the final days of campaigning in Ohio for Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.

Many area election officials are predicting a bigger voter turnout for this presidential election than four years ago. Hamilton County Board of Elections Director Amy Searcy says she expects between 70 and 73 percent of registered voters will cast ballots.

Deputy Director of the Butler County Board of Elections, Jocyelyn Bucaro says it will likely be about the same as 2008 at close to 70 percent.

The rise in obesity and sedentary lifestyles has resulted in an increase of diabetes in the United States, where as many as 25 million people now have the disease. And many say that number expected to double by 2025.

Join us Thursday morning November 8 at 9:20 as we look at  the causes and treatments of diabetes. Impact Cincinnati, on 91-7, WVXU. If you have questions for our panel, you can email them to impact@wvxu.org.

Our guests on Impact Cincinnati this week are Endocrinologist and Associate Professor at The University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Marzieh Salehi, American Diabetes Association Associate Direct

or of Mission Delivery for Cincinnati, Erin Crosby, and Director of the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center and Professor at UC College of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Randy Seeley,

Guest Links:

University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

American Diabetes Association

Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center


The Big Story

Nov 2, 2012

WCPN reporter David C. Barnett talks about "Diversity Goals" in government contracts and how some companies in Ohio feel that they're not being met.

After months of campaigning, with dozens of rallies, millions of dollars, and what seems like countless political ads, all targeted at Ohio voters, the focus on the state by both presidential campaigns is still intense.

Join us Thursday morning November 1 at 9:20 as we take a look at the candidates’ chances to win Ohio, and the presidency. Impact Cincinnati, on 91-7, WVXU. If you have questions for our panel, you can email them to impact@wvxu.org.

91.7 WVXU News Director Maryanne Zeleznik speaks with Campbell County Extension Agent David Koester about Fall preparation for your lawn and garden.

This week WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the tight Presidential Race in Ohio, the Vice President and President coming to Dayton and tonight's debate.

Along with winning the White House this November, both major political parties are also hoping to gain a majority in the US Senate. One key senatorial race is right here in Ohio, with incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat, running against Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel, a Republican.

Join us Thursday morning at 9:20 October 25 to hear what both candidates had to say in interviews with WVXU Political Reporter Howard Wilkinson.

Michael Keating

Kentucky's Lieutenant governor will be in Northern Kentucky on the Purple People Bridge this morning to present a check to help developers proceed with a 100-million dollar entertainment complex.

A release from Representative Dennis Keene says the 650-thousand dollars from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will fund an engineering study that will determine if the historic pedestrian bridge can support the project. The Newport Southbank Bridge company is currently in talks with three developers interested in the project.

The Big Story

Oct 19, 2012

Join WVXU News Director for a look at one of the week's top stories.

The Roebling Suspension Bridge has a temporary 3- ton limit after a recent inspection showed some deterioration on the span. Chief District Engineer, Rob Hans says additional analysis and repair is needed before the limit can be lifted.

A report from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet says passenger vehicles and pedestrians won't be affected, but commuter trolleys will not be allowed on the bridge. The Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky has implemented the Southbank Shuttle detour and TANK vehicles are no longer using the Suspension Bridge. 

With less than one month until the general election, the candidates, along with their campaigns and supporters, are pulling out all the stops to sway voters their way, especially in Ohio, a key, if not essential, prize in winning the presidency.

Join us Thursday morning at 9:20 October 18, as we gauge the current status of the presidential campaigns. You can send your questions to impact@wvxu.org. We’re also on Twitter. Impact Cincinnati, on 91.7, WVXU.

WVXU News Director Maryanne Zeleznik has an interview with President of Vision 2015, Bill Scheyer, and executive director of Agenda 360, Mary Stagaman, who share the latest Regional Indicators report.  It will show how the Greater Cincinnati region compares with 12 other similar cities.  The report comes out biennially, this is the second of these reports.

Cincinnati continues to rank 10th overall among a list of 12 similar regions when it comes to 15 indicators including jobs, cost of living, and population.   The findings come in the latest Regional Indicators report from Vision 2015 and Agenda 360.

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