Steve Hirschberg

Assignment Editor / Reporter

Steve has been a public radio news reporter in the Cincinnati area for three decades. He began with WGUC, then WVXU, and in 2005, came to WNKU. Steve covers breaking news, writes WNKU’s local afternoon newscasts and produces feature-length interviews and other feature stories that are heard each weekday. Steve also serves as WNKU’s News Assignment Editor. Steve has written and produced news stories and features for National Public Radio, the worldwide broadcasts of Voice of America, Ohio Public Radio, and Monitor Radio.


Regional News
10:37 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Old Pogue Distillery Opens in Maysville

For several generations, until Prohibition, the Pogue family produced bourbon in Maysville, Kentucky. Now the Pogues are back in the whiskey business with what the family has named the "Old Pogue Distillery".  It's on the Maysville, KY site that used to be the family homestead. In this Postcard story, WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talks about the family business with Ft. Thomas resident Hank Pogue V.

Regional News
11:15 am
Thu May 24, 2012

Taste of Cincinnati This Weekend

This Saturday, Sunday and Monday the 34th annual Taste of Cincinnati takes place in the heart of downtown. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg asked spokesman Chris Kemper if there are any new wrinkles to this year's summer kickoff celebration.

Regional News
2:20 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

The Banks Already Generating Economic Impact

The initial phase of The Banks project on Cincinnati's central riverfront is already generating a significant economic impact. That's the finding of a new study by the University of Cincinnati Economic Center. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked about the study with Scott Stringer. He's an executive vice president with Atlanta-based Carter, one of the master developers of The Banks.

Regional News
1:39 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

New Police Scanner Unveiled

According to The Frankfort State Journal:

Kentucky State Police revealed a 3D scanner that could cut crime and crash investigation times in half. Commissioner Rodney Brewer said the $65,000 scanner is the first of its kind in Kentucky, and has been used at nine crime scenes, including three from a murder-suicide in Powell County Tuesday night. The new equipment will also help during accident investigations by allowing roads to open more quickly after wrecks. Brewer said the time and personnel at a road accident could be cut by 40-50 percent.

Regional News
1:32 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Operation UNITE Says Pike County Traffickers and Florida Supplier Arrested

From the Appalachian News-Express

Operation UNITE announced Tuesday that two Pike County traffickers of prescription pain pills and their Florida supplier have been arrested on federal drug charges following an undercover investigation by Operation UNITE and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

“More than 200,000 Oxycodone pills were sold in Pike County over the past 12 months by these individuals,” said Keith Napier, Big Sandy Task Force Manager for UNITE. “They were getting pills delivered on almost a monthly basis.”

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Regional News
5:18 pm
Mon May 21, 2012

KY Cracks Down on Motorists Without Insurance

Starting next month, if you're a Kentuckian who's driving without insurance, you can expect a letter in the mail.  And, as Kentucky Transportation Cabinet spokesman Chuck Wolfe tells WNKU's Steve Hirschberg, you would be wise not to ignore the letter. 

Regional News
12:40 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Police Memorial Day Recognizes Fallen Officers

On Thursday, the Cincinnati Police Department and law enforcement agencies from around the area paused to remember officers who have fallen in the line of duty. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg has this report on Police Memorial Day.

Regional News
10:39 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Park in Greenup County, KY Hosts Annual Tractor Show

This Saturday, Greenbo Lake State Resort Park in Greenup County, Kentucky is hosting its 9th annual tractor show. In this Postcard story, WNKU's Steve Hirschberg  asked park spokesman Paul Verespy about the show.

Regional News
9:48 am
Thu May 17, 2012

Grand Opening of Smale Riverfront Park Phase One

This Friday evening, the city of Cincinnati is marking the grand opening of Phase One of the Smale Riverfront Park.  For a preview of the festivities and the features of the park, WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked with Cincinnati Parks Director Willie Carden. 

Regional News
3:47 pm
Wed May 16, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Travel Expected to be on Upswing

The AAA auto club is predicting that more Americans will travel this coming Memorial Day weekend than was the case last year. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked about the travel forecast with AAA spokeswoman Cheryl Parker, who works out of the Cincinnati office.