Tana Weingartner

Reporter / Digital News Editor

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Most recently, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists. She served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.

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Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Betty Ann Smiddy of the Hamilton Avenue Road to Freedom Committee tells the story best:

"On a rainy night of April 3, 1853, 28 courageous African-Americans escaped their bondage in Boone County, Kentucky. Led by abolitionist John Fairfield, they crossed the Ohio River near Lawrenceburg, Indiana and followed him to the mouth of the Mill Creek, where they temporarily hid.

Mark Heyne / WVXU News

If you're heading into Downtown this weekend, plan accordingly.

Northbound I-71 is slated to be closed between Reading Rd/Gilbert Ave and Dana this weekend. The closure begins at 10 p.m. Friday, April 17. The highway will reopen around 6 a.m. Monday, April 20.

Provided / Campbell County Public Library

Campbell County is joining in the Little Library craze.

Forty shelters for free books will soon begin popping up around the county thanks to a program from the public library. Community members could buy the boxes for ten dollars and then were asked to decorate them. They're often placed in neighborhoods or outside someone's home.

Council member Ryan Salzman helped get Bellevue involved. He thinks it's the simplicity that draws people to the Little Libraries.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Clermont County's only remaining covered bridge is once again open to traffic. The Stonelick-Williams Corner Covered Bridge reopened Wednesday with a ribbon cutting.

The bridge was built in 1878. Restoration work began in 2013 but was delayed when the entire structure collapsed into the creek below in February, 2014.

Janet Oligee has lived in the area all her life and describes the reopening in one word: "marvelous."

Cincinnati Zoo / Provided

The Cincinnati Zoo has a new gorilla. The sixteen-year-old Western lowland silverback comes from the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas.

Harambe brings the total number of gorillas at the zoo to ten. Harambe weighs in at 419 pounds and is being placed in a social group with two 19-year-old females. They will not be bred together.

The Zoo says Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered in the wild, with less than 175-thousand individuals.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Hundreds attended a public memorial service for inspirational college basketball player Lauren Hill Monday night. Hill died Friday after battling a rare, inoperable form of brain cancer. 

The service began with Hill’s college and high school teammates laying jerseys across her coffin.

The theme: Never Give Up.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Lauren Hill, the Mount St. Joseph basketball player, was determined to turn the fact that she was dying from an inoperable brain cancer into something positive that might help save others.

She succeeded.

Update: A public memorial service will be held Monday, April 13 at Xavier University’s Cintas Center at 7 p.m. A private funeral service will be held Wednesday.

The university also says a “Run for 22” event the Mount’s resident assistants had planned for Sunday has been postponed.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Visitors at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center rang bells Thursday afternoon marking the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Staff and historical reenactors participated as well.

On or about April 9, 1865, Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Court House.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and National Drug Control Policy Director Michael Botticelli say tackling the Commonwealth's drug problems will take a bipartisan effort.

The pair attended a Northern Kentucky Chamber luncheon Thursday talking about the region's heroin epidemic.

Botticelli, whose position is often referred to as 'drug czar,' says everyone should be concerned.

Cheryl Besl / Provided

Zotefoams Inc. is expanding its operations in Walton, KY.

The cross-linked block foams manufacturer plans to invest nearly $22 million to expand its North American headquarters and create 25 jobs.

In a statement, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear says, “We’re extremely pleased that a company of Zotefoams’ worldwide influence would choose to expand operations in the Commonwealth, which is another testament to Kentucky being the ideal place for companies to do business.”

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