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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A medication derived from marijuana could help patients with a rare form of epilepsy. Epidiolex, a pure cannabidiol (CBD) with no THC content, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in June.

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Local gardeners may still be busy picking the peppers, tomatoes and zucchini started back in June, but now is the time to plant crops that will be ready to harvest throughout the fall and next spring.

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There's no doubt college is getting more expensive. It's up 260 percent from 35 years ago, according to the College Board.

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Cincinnati has long been known for its marketing and branding talent, and last year a new conference and festival launched to show off that talent.

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African-Americans have the highest mortality rate for all cancers combined. The disease is the second-leading cause of death among Native Americans over 45. Asian-Americans have the highest rates of liver and stomach cancers. While Hispanics and Latinos have lower incidence and death rates for most common cancers than whites, they are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced stages of disease.

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The 30th season of the Discovery Channel's Shark Week kicks off Sunday, July 22. The special programming event has consistently attracted a large audience. But Shark Week has been both praised and panned by scientists, who say while the series has raised the public's awareness of sharks, it also emphasizes shark attacks and often relies on pseudoscience to generate ratings.

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After a federal judge blocks work requirements for Medicaid patients in Kentucky, Governor Matt Bevin cuts dental and vision coverage for about 460,000 low-income Kentuckians on Medicaid. Another judge denies Bevin's request to amend a court ruling on the state's pension plan. And Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announces he will run for governor in 2019.

The City of Cincinnati and downtown organizations propose a plan to reduce panhandling. And the Cincinnati Reds today look nothing like the team that took the field last April. What's going on?

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You might need to start carrying more than just a handful of spare change when you head out for a night on the town across Cincinnati.

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Later this month the planet Mars will make its closest approach to Earth in 15 years, appearing large and bright enough to be easily seen with the naked eye.

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Keeping girls in school, helping them dream big, and empowering them to plan for the future is the mission of Girls with Pearls, a local afterschool program for girls. Founded in 2016 at Rockdale Academy Elementary School in Avondale, Girls with Pearls fosters leadership to change the outcome for girls as they grow into young women through education, personal responsibility, and social awareness.

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As society loosens its restrictions on gender roles, it seems the stigma around women drinking alcohol has vanished. According to the National Institutes of Health, drinking habits among women and men are becoming more alike, which could be putting women at greater risk for a variety of alcohol-related dangers. One of the key risk factors is addiction, but another health concern is the link between drinking and the risk for breast cancer.

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As you were outside waiting for the big Fourth of July fireworks to start, you may have been lucky enough to enjoy nature's light show, put on by fireflies, or lightning bugs as they are known in our region, looking for mates.

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A recent poll shows Republican Mike DeWine leading Democrat Richard Cordray by four points in the Ohio governor's race. But things don't look as good for the GOP in Ohio's U.S. Senate contest. The multi-million dollar scandal involving the charter school Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, or ECOT, could play a major role in the November elections. And covering the Trump White House as the president continues to label the press as the enemy.

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Starting Tuesday at 10 a.m., the Cincinnati Public School Board of Education will begin accepting applications to fill the seat left vacant when Lannis Timmons resigned May 2. Applications can be found here. Applicants must also submit a cover letter, references and a resume.

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Starting a business is always a risk. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, a third of all businesses fail within two years. New owners have to build a customer base, manage costs, comply with local, state and federal taxes and regulations and find good employees, all while trying to maintain their original visions for their companies.

But half of all small businesses survive at least five years, and businesses with fewer than 10 employees make up 75 percent of private-sector employers.

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According to a study by the Center on Education Policy, 81 percent of public school teachers believe their students spend too much time taking tests mandated by their state or district. The study also found that many teachers are losing their commitment to their field, citing multiple frustrations including pressures around testing.

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At least five people are hospitalized following a serious traffic crash involving a school bus Monday afternoon on Winton Road.

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They are leaders in business, law, education and volunteerism, eight women who are changemakers in our community. On May 9, the YWCA Greater Cincinnati will recognize them at the 39th annual Career Women of Achievement luncheon at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

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“Courage Under Fire” is the theme for this year's YWCA Stand Against Racism campaign.

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Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble is buying Merck, a German consumer health business, for roughly €3.4 billion euro, or $4.2 billion.

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More and more backyard gardeners are discovering the benefits of composting, from reducing waste going to landfills to providing rich organic matter for healthier and more productive plants.

Local author Michelle Balz has recently published a comprehensive guide for gardeners, "Composting for a New Generation: Latest Techniques for the Bin and Beyond."

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Some years ago, a collector took an old Confederate bank note into a North Charleston blueprint shop and asked an employee to have it enlarged. The employee, John W. Jones, was also an artist. Taking a magnifying glass to the bank note he noticed an image of a black field hand picking cotton. Through subsequent research, he discovered that scenes of slave labor were used on Southern currency in the mid-19th century as a response to abolition. Jones began painting the images he saw on these bank notes.

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Beginning with Columbine high school on April 20, 1999, more than 187,000 students have experienced a shooting at their primary or secondary school, according to a Washington Post analysis. But school shootings are extremely rare compared to other forms of gun violence children face. Almost two dozen children are shot in the U.S. every day. The impact of violence has spread fear among students and changed the learning environment.

In 1974, farmers digging a well near Xi’an, China, uncovered bronze arrow heads and shards of pottery. Their discoveries led archeologists to the tomb of Ying Zheng (259-210 B.C.) first emperor of China. It’s been called the greatest archeological discovery of the 20th century: an army of 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors and horses. Now, some of these warriors are in Cincinnati for the first time.

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Earth Day is this Sunday, April 22. Started in 1970, Earth Day is now a global event, with groups and individuals celebrating and raising awareness of our environment by promoting conservation and sustainability efforts.

Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has announced this year's focus will be to end plastic pollution.

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"Voices from the Rust Belt," edited by Belt Publishing Founder Anne Trubek, is a timely and directly told collection of essays by 24 writers about the lives and issues – such as the opiate epidemic, school segregation, and lead poisoning – in cities like Flint, Buffalo, Cleveland and Detroit, which make up the heavily politicized and diverse region of America referred to as the Rust Belt.

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On any given night, there are more than 600,000 people in America living on the streets or in shelters. Nearly a quarter of them are children. Others are living with a relative or friend. Or in cars.

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A survey by the University of Cincinnati found that African-American adults in Greater Cincinnati are more likely than white adults to report they believe their race and their ability to pay or their type of health insurance negatively impacted the treatment they received from medical professionals.

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden will present its Sustainable Urban Landscape Symposium on March 22. This year’s symposium is almost entirely focused on landscaping and gardening for pollinating insects.

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Former Cincinnati Symphony Music Director Jesús López-Cobos has died. He was 78.

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