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 National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is marking its tenth anniversary this month, it opened August 3, 2004. To commemorate its first decade, the Freedom Center is holding a series of special exhibitions and events this week, including the International Freedom Conductor Award Gala, where Nelson Mandela and Poland’'s former president Lech Walesa will be honored. The late Mr.

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  Charter Schools in Ohio have recently been at the center of intense controversy, and many schools are now under investigation by several agencies, including the FBI. Local charter school VLT Academy closed its doors last week due to lack of funds, leaving hundreds of parents to find another school for their children to attend this year. We look at the story behind the closing of VLT Academy with WCPO I-Team investigative reporter Brendan Keefe.

The Official Logo for the 86th Midsummer Classic is a nostalgic design with a pill box hat and handlebar mustache.  It also includes crossed bats representing a traditional baseball design and uses both red and black. 

Reds President and CEO Bob Castellini said in a release “Today’s logo unveiling is the first of many exciting things that will happen throughout Reds Country, as we prepare for the honor of hosting Major League

  Several states, including Ohio, have recently passed or are considering legislation to prevent employers from asking if a job seeker has been convicted of a felony on an initial application form. Proponents of such legislation say the question discriminates against the more than 92 million people in the United States who have an arrest record.

    A federal appeals court in Cincinnati will hear arguments Wednesday on five same-sex marriage cases that could possibly provide the foundation for a landmark opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court. The cases Wednesday involved Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. Same-sex marriage has been legalized in nineteen states and the District of Columbia. WVXU'’s Ann Thompson joins us for the latest on the story.

  Skin cancer accounts for half of all cancers in the United States. Melanoma, the most serious type, will account for more than 76,000 cases of skin cancer this year. Joining us to look at skin cancer causes, treatments and research are dermatologist and assistant professor Dr. Adam Ingraffea, and professor and researcher Dr.

A new baby gorilla was born Monday morning at the Cincinnati Zoo.  “Asha”, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s eleven-year-old Western Lowland gorilla gave birth to her first baby weighing about five pounds.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has declared a state of emergency for Lucas, Wood and Fulton Counties after city of Toledo officials found evidence of an algae contaminant in the public water system and advised residents not to drink the water.

Here's information from the Governor's office:

State and local officials are working together to arrange for drinking water to be shipped into the affected areas. These are the recommendations that have been issued:

Cincinnati based  E.W. Scripps Company has agreed to merge its broadcast operations with Journal Communications and spin off and then merge their newspapers.  A release says it will create two focused and separately traded public companies that offer long-term opportunities to create value for shareholders.

The merged broadcast and digital media company, based in Cincinnati, will retain The E.W. Scripps Company name, and the Scripps family shareholders will continue to have voting control. 

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The Cincinnati Art Museum has a new Director.  Cameron Kitchin will start October 1. 

In a release, the Art Museum reports its board of directors unanimously chose Kitchin for the position.  He comes from the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee where he served as director. 

  An estimated 1.7 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries each year in the United States, and more than 50,000 of those individuals die from their injuries. New research is being conducted to reduce the number of deaths and permanent disabilities caused by head trauma. Joining us to discuss one current clinical trial are University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Associate Professor of Surgery and trauma surgeon with UC Health, Dr.

  The debate over charter schools in Ohio has heated up, and several schools and the organizations that run them are currently under investigation. Proponents of charter schools point to them as an option for parents seeking schools that best suit their children. Critics say the schools siphon funding from local public school districts and that many produce poorer academic results than traditional public schools.

  Temperatures in the 90's one week, then it gets unseasonably cool, then we go days without a drop of rain followed by heavy downpours, and then there are the molds, insects, deer, moles and other critters to contend with. Many people consider gardening and yard work relaxing and enjoyable, but maintaining gardens and landscapes around here takes time, effort and experience.

 

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Funeral services will be held Thursday evening for long time WGUC morning host Paul Laumann. 

Laumann hosted the Kitchen Koncert  on 90.9 for 14 years.  He retired in 1986 and was replaced by John Birge.  Enquirer Radio and TV reporter John Kieswetter reports Laumann previously hosted the Kitchen Koncert on Taft Broadcasting's WKRC-FM (101.9) when the station was doing classical music in the 1960's. 

ArtWorks

  Founded in 1996, ArtWorks is an award-winning non-profit organization that employs and trains local youth and talent to create art and community impact. The most visible ArtWorks projects are the many murals that brighten-up our region. Since the mural program was launched in partnership with the City of Cincinnati in 2007, ArtWorks has hired area youth to paint 68 murals.

  A recent horrific attack on a young girl by pit bulls has increased calls for banning or severely regulating the dogs. At the same time, many municipalities here and across the country are eliminating breed-specific regulations.

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Thousands watched the Fort Thomas Fourth of July Parade.  It's held every year on North and South Fort Thomas Avenue. 

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The Cincinnati Zoo's endangered Indian rhino has died.   "Nikki" passed away in her indoor home, around 7 a.m. Thursday,  at the Zoo’s Rhino Reserve, a release said. 

The female Indian rhino was born at the Toronto Zoo in 1991.  She was known worldwide for the world’s first successful artificial insemination (AI) procedure in this endangered rhino species.

  As a young girl, Andrea Raynor wanted to be a doctor. Instead, she ended up, almost by accident, at Harvard Divinity School. She went on to become a United Methodist minister and hospice chaplain. She served as chaplain to the morgue at Ground Zero in the aftermath of 9/11.

  Western Female Seminary, which opened its doors in 1855, later became Western College for Women. The first college in the country to have an artist-in-residence, Western attracted national attention when it hosted civil rights training for Freedom Summer 1964. In 1974, the college became part of Miami University in Oxford.

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Update:  All tickets have been taken.  They were gone in about 12 minutes.  Organizers say extra tickets may be released later this summer.  The CSO is also warning people about purchasing tickets from third-party sources:

  Finally, warm weather is here, and for many that means it’s time to fire up the grill. You may choose to stick with the traditional hamburgers and hot dogs, or maybe you’re ready to get a bit more inventive and adventurous with what, and how, you cook outdoors this summer.

 

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