Ambriehl Crutchfield


Ambriehl is a general assignment reporter with interest in race, education and communities. She works to amplify underrepresented voices and advance daily news stories. She comes to WVXU with previous reporting experience at NPR member stations WBEZ in Chicago and WKYU in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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More black Cincinnatians are living to see their 72nd birthday. But that's still three years shorter than their white counterparts.

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Walnut Hills is trying to balance new development and keep its low-income residents.

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The University of Cincinnati's Uptown campus is experiencing record growth in student enrollment, particularly among first generation students and people of color.

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On Jan. 23, the Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies school's principal made an announcement that everyone in the building was participating in an active shooter lockdown.

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Teresa Theetge is making history as the highest-ranking woman in the Cincinnati Police Department.

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A group of Cincinnati area high school students are producing a PSA to discourage middle schoolers from vaping.

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Updated 12:07 p.m.

Owen County, Ky., has one of the highest risk rates for drug overdoses in the region.


The city of Covington is proposing stricter guidelines for homeless shelters to operate on.

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A University of Dayton geologist has been selected to work with NASA to study how climate change is impacting glaciers.

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Updated Friday 10:30 a.m.

In ancient times, a beast swept through a village eating crop, livestock and people on New Year's Eve. A wise old man told the villagers the beast fears red, fire and loud firecracker noises. So, villagers put red lanterns and banners at the entrance of their homes and played with firecrackers to scare the beast away.

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Ohio's EdChoice voucher program is making headlines for a recent change that has meant a 400% increase in the number of public schools where students qualify for private school vouchers. While this is due to the number of school buildings now considered to be "failing," one district is facing a different kind of problem under the new rules: Middletown is one district that saw all of its 10 schools on the state's "failing" list, potentially making every student in the district eligible for a voucher.

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Updated Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.: 

If buying fresh organic ingredients at the grocery store is breaking the bank, you may have a similar problem as Cincinnati Public Schools.

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Economic and social issues like trade, abortion and gun control are a few issues that raise the stakes for local and national elections in 2020. Politicians want to win over various groups of voters but could be looking past an important bloc.

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After more than a year of debate, the city and the Cincinnati Public School board have come to terms on a new 10-year tax abatement agreement.

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Cincinnati's only health clinic that provides abortions continues to look for a physician after one of four required doctors resigned.

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The chance to choose what Cincinnati Public high school your student attends is now open.

The online lottery process allows families to choose five out of 16 high schools that students are interested in attending for the 2020-2021 school year. CPS Customer Care Central Manager Leslie Bryant recommends you choose up to two if you want the odds to be in your favor.

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An Academy Award winner is bringing real snow to The Banks in Cincinnati.

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2019 was an epic year for Bond Hill native Ray Ball.

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More than a thousand people are experiencing homelessness in Northern Kentucky.

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No matter where you are, 'tis the season for peppermint candy canes, Christmas trees decked with lights and The Nutcracker.