Cory Sharber

Cory Sharber is a student at Murray State University majoring in journalism and political science. He was born in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Prior to joining WKMS, Cory wrote for the Murray State News as a beat writer for the rifle and tennis teams. When he’s not at WKMS, he typically listens to music, plays guitar, video games, and crams for all of the assignments he puts off.

Cory is inspired by reading all the newspapers lying around the house as a kid and watching NBC Nightly News for most of his youth.

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Cincinnati Public Schools will not return to blended learning on Jan. 4 as previously stated. Instead, the Board of Education will decide once they review community COVID-19 data on Jan. 16.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Dec. 2, 2020 COVID-19 Briefing)

For the fourth week in a row, Hamilton County is reporting nearly 4,000 new cases, with 3,943 announced during a Wednesday briefing.

As more COVID-19 cases emerge, more hospitalizations are due to follow, officials say. Earlier this week, UC Health hospitals announced they were pausing elective surgeries for the near future to make way for potential COVID cases.

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After returning to private life, former Cincinnati Council Member Kevin Flynn will run again for City Council in 2021.

At the Cincinnati Firefighters Union Hall on Tuesday, Flynn said that restoring trust in City Hall is what inspired him to seek reelection, on top of recent events, most notably the indictment of three city council members.

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Due to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations, UC Health hospitals will be suspending elective surgeries for the near future. This comes two weeks after UC Health implemented initial surge operations, which reduced half of the elective operations.

At least 3,865 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Hamilton County since last week. On Thanksgiving Eve, the county's health commissioner said he's worried about a skyrocket of cases in the coming weeks.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Nov. 23, 2020 meeting)

Cincinnati Public Schools has a budget in place for the fiscal year. The budget will give CPS $647 million to work with going forward after having to make changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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John Minchillo / AP

On the steps of City Hall on Thursday, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says it's not hard to argue that there's a "culture of corruption" following the arrest of a third City Council member.


More than 26,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Hamilton County since the beginning of the pandemic. Since last week, nearly 4,000 new cases have been confirmed.

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Ohio Sen. Rob Portman has enrolled in a COVID-19 vaccine trial that's being developed by Janssen and Johnson & Johnson.

Portman said he enrolled in the trial because this is how he can play a small role in supporting the country's response to the pandemic.

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Students across Cincinnati Public Schools are calling for the removal of police from the school district. During a regular board meeting on Monday, students voiced their requests from home and just outside the building where the meeting took place.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket in the Greater Cincinnati area, Mayor John Cranley has announced that City Hall will close Monday. It is not clear when it may reopen.

Hamilton County Commission (screenshot from Nov. 12, 2020 briefing)

As Hamilton County heads into the holiday season, county officials are sounding the alarm on concerns of rising COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Commission President Denise Driehaus said the week-over-week increase in new infections is over 4,000. Last week the county reported an increase of 2,000.

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As COVID-19 cases continue to rise across the country, Northern Kentucky has been hit really hard as of late. The region now has 100 deaths from the virus.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Nov. 11, 2020 meeting)

Cincinnati Public Schools will return to remote learning Nov. 23 due to a lack of staff because of COVID-19.

During a special public meeting that lasted over three hours, it was decided that distance learning would be the best option due to increased teacher absences. Students will remain in distance learning until winter break, and then will return to a blended learning model Jan. 4, pending the number of local cases.

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As we wait for election results to come in, religious leaders from Northern Kentucky gathered to encourage peace and unity for the nation.

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Nov. 4, 2020 meeting)

In-person attendance across Cincinnati Public Schools continues to drop as the semester continues. COVID-19 cases are also rising amongst students and staff.

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Cory Sharber / WVXU

On the final day of voting, people in Ohio and Kentucky had an array of experiences at the polls depending on where they stopped in on Election Day during this particularly contentious election season. 

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Jason Whitman, WVXU / Andrew Harnik, AP

In a year where an election and a pandemic are taking place, political divisions have been growing during a stressful time for many Americans.

A class at Northern Kentucky University looked to change that with a podcast. Six students meet every week over Zoom to discuss the current political climate despite their differing beliefs and a generation gap.

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Cincinnati Public School students have been attending classes in-person for nearly three weeks now, but attendance is way lower than in previous years.

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COVID-19 cases are rising in Northern Kentucky. The region currently has more than 1,700 active cases of the virus.