M.L. Schultze

M.L. Schultze came to WKSU as news director in July 2007 after 25 years at The Repository in Canton, where she was managing editor for nearly a decade. She’s now the digital editor and an award-winning reporter and analyst who has appeared on NPR, Here and Now and the TakeAway, as well as being a regular panelist on Ideas, the WVIZ public television's reporter roundtable.

Schultze's work includes ongoing reporting on community-police relations; immigration; fracking and extensive state, local and national political coverage. She’s also past president of Ohio Associated Press Media Editors and the Akron Press Club, and remains on the board of both.

A native of the Philadelphia, Pa., area, Schultze graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in magazine journalism and political science. She lives in Canton with her husband, Rick Senften, the retired special projects editor at The Rep and now a specialist working with kids involved in the juvenile courts. Their daughter, Gwen, lives and works in the Washington, D.C.-area with her husband and two sons. Their son, Christopher, lives in Hawaii.

The decades-long battle of a Youngstown businessman to remain in the U.S. is coming to a close, and leaves a trail of unanswered questions about his deportation case. And, as WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports, it has a lot of people in Youngstown feeling like Amer Adi Othman’s loss is their loss.

Former federal consumer watchdog Richard Cordray plans to name former Northeast Ohio Congresswoman Betty Sutton as his running mate in the Ohio governor's race tomorrow.  Sutton has been running for governor herself for months.

A Democrat close to Cordray's campaign for governor confirmed the selection but requested anonymity because the information hadn't been made public.

The newest tool in the fight against fentanyl is a household cleaner. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports.

Akron, Ohio, picked a heck of a year to try to put joy back into voting. After all, two-thirds of likely voters in a recent Ohio poll picked "disgust" to describe their attitude towards politics.

Still, with the help of goats, virtual wrestling, and a pickup truck called Percival, a group of joyful voters thinks it can counter that.

The latest Quinnipiac poll shows the Libertarian candidate could swing Ohio’s presidential election Donald Trump’s way. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s ML. Schultze has more from the first measure of Ohio voters as the presidential race enters its final leg.

Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton tomorrow night, the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. But there are plenty of signs – literally – that his supporters aren’t there yet. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Philadelphia.

The signs carried by protesters from Philadelphia City Hall to Independence Mall took issue with fracking, war, the privatization of prisons – and Hillary Clinton.

 Two women who have been icons of Ohio Republican politics are in Cleveland this week, one helping to run the show and the other as a delegate at her fifth Republican National Convention.  WKSU’s M.L Schultze spoke with them separately about their goals for the party now that a convention each described as “like no other” is wrapping up.

John Kasich’s 2016 campaign for president formally ended last night in Cleveland, as Donald Trump formally became the Republican nominee. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the last vote.

Ohio Republican Party Chair Matt Borges led the cheer: “OH-IO. Ohio, the mother of presidents proudly casts its 66 ballots for Gov. John Kasich."

A few hours after Ohio Republicans honored Gov. John Kasich in a packed reception at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they cast their 66 votes for him at the Republican National Convention.

And it meant nothing.


  A number of delegates and other participants in the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week continue to struggle with the concept of Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that’s especially strong among the Ohio contingent – though some are in the process of making their peace with the presumptive nominee.

The needle has moved very little in swing-state Ohio, where Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton remain in a dead heat. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from the latest Quinnipiac Poll.


GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump made his first trip back to Ohio since the primary. He went to Belmont County, where his campaign against a global economy played well back in March and continued to play well last night.

Trump had plenty of lines that drew cheers – building a wall, dishonest reporters, water-boarding suspected terrorists. But his chief target was  trade deals – a red flag for a region whose steel and coal industries are struggling.

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It's a high-stakes presidential election year and that means lawsuits in the key swing state of Ohio over who gets to vote and when. For member station WKSU, M.L. Schultze has more.