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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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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The interim President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare will now officially fill the role.  Garren Colvin has been named to the position. 

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Covington is planning a big party on the Riverfront July 9-14 as part of its bicentennial and the All-Star Game.

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A former 19th century Over-the-Rhine church is getting a new life as an entertainment center. The former St. John's Evangelical Protestant Church at Twelfth and Elm will become the Transept. 

"The Transept will be a private event space and public bar," said co-owner Josh Heuser. "The bar will be in the southwest corner.  The bar will be open seven days a week with four private event spaces." 

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The Wilmington police department says Karson is alive and well.  The K-9 unit was found at 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Starbuck and Sabina Rds in the northeastern part of Clinton County. Police had been searching for Karson for 61 days.  The dog's handler was on vacation December 23, 2014 when Karson escaped from a boarding shelter in Wilmington. 

Even after Karson was missing for a month police were still holding out hope as reported by WVXU in this story.

As of May 7, Branson AirExpress will operate flights from the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky International Airport to Branson, New Orleans and Cancun. 

You can read the release here: 

CINCINNATI, OHIO (January 28, 2015) – Branson AirExpress operated by Orange Air announces discount flights to Branson (BKG), New Orleans (MSY), and Cancun, Mexico (CUN) starting May 7th.  Flights will be in a 150 seat MD-83 Jet aircraft. One-way tickets include all taxes and fees can be purchased for:

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The Ohio Department of Transportation has released this video of Monday night's collapse of the old exit ramp to Hopple Street from I-75. 

The ramp reopened Tuesday night.  Crews spent all Tuesday cleaning up after several hundred tons of concrete fell onto the interstate.

One construction worker was killed and a truck driver was injured.

The collapse can be seen in the upper left hand corner of the video screen in the first few seconds.

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The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) reports I-75 has reopened following Monday night's collapse.

The eastbound 74 ramp to southbound 75 is also open. 

Crews spent all Tuesday cleaning up after several hundred tons of concrete fell onto the interstate. One construction worker was killed and a truck driver was injured.

Inspectors were to have inspected the southbound lanes to ensure they were still safe for drivers.

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The Cincinnati Zoo has announced the three lion cubs born in November are all female.  A release says the cubs got their first check up today.  The zoo now wants to name the cubs and is asking for suggestions via Facebook and Twitter, using  #CZBGLionCubs.

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With the election just about a week away.  WVXU politics reporter talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about a flap over a sign at the polls in Ohio and the U.S. Senate race in Kentucky. 

  The elevator video of NFL player Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé and the outcry it generated has once again brought the all-too-common problem of domestic violence into the spotlight. One in four women in the United States will be victims of domestic violence in their lifetime. Physical and sexual attacks are often involved, but intimidation, emotional abuse and controlling behavior are all forms of domestic violence.

Ohio's Governor's race is about a month away.  WVXU Political reporter Howard Wilkinson talks with Maryanne Zeleznik about the race.

  While all eyes in the fashion industry were recently focused on New York, London and Milan as each city held its Fashion Week, you don’'t have to look farther than Greater Cincinnati to see a vibrant and growing fashion industry. Over the last decade, local designers and clothing stylists have been finding success selling their lines both here and nationally.

  The FotoFocus Biennial is a month-long celebration of photography and lens-based art in Cincinnati, as local artists join with artists from across the country to engage and enrich the community through photography and film.

 

Girls Guide to End Bullying

NOTE: This show originally aired October 1, 2013.

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Cincinnati Children's Hospital is putting visitor restrictions in place because of the high number of patients in the hospital with respiratory illnesses. 

A release says all visitors should be healthy – free from fever, cough, colds, or stomach virus symptoms. Children under 14 may only visit siblings and only parents or guardians should visit in critical care areas.  The restrictions are the same as those put in place every winter during flu season.

  We'’re now into that time of year when gardeners start to ask some hard questions: to prune or not to prune? What fall crops can I plant and harvest before the first freeze? How many gazing globes, concrete geese and solar-powered butterfly lights in the yard are too many?

NOTE: This show originally aired May 6, 2014

Cincinnati State's professors have a new contract.  The three year deal between the Board of Trustees and the college's chapter of the American Association of University Professors will take effect immediately. 

A release says salaries will increase 1.25 percent in the first year 1.5 percent in the second year and 2 percent in the third year.  The Board of Trustees approved the agreement yesterday.  It was approved by a unanimous vote of AAUP members August 22. 

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