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.

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Local News
11:23 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Air Force Museum Takes Entire Collection Online

The National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio is now online with a virtual tour that is  fully embedded with audio and video  hotspots and touch-screen devices.  In this Postcard story, WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked about the project with Bryan Carnes, a public affairs specialist with the museum.

Local News
10:11 am
Thu March 15, 2012

FEMA Inspectors Contacting Disaster Applicants in Kentucky

FEMA inspectors have gone out into the field and are contacting disaster-assistance applicants in 21 Kentucky counties hit by the recent severe storms and tornadoes.  Those counties include Kenton, Campbell, Grant and Pendleton in Northern Kentucky.  FEMA spokesperson Renee Bafalis tells WNKU's Steve Hirschberg how the federal agency is proceeding.

Local News
5:39 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Beshear Signs Order to Stop Insurance Cancellation in Tornado Affected Counties

Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has signed an executive order that bans insurance companies from cancelling policies or changing rates in the 21 counties that have been declared federal disaster areas as a result of the recent tornadoes and severe storms.  The order says all coverage in those counties will continue without cancellation or non-renewal until April 15.  In addition, any insurance rate hikes that were scheduled to take effect February 29 or later will be deferred until April 15.

Local News
11:42 am
Thu March 8, 2012

The Wilds Provides Sanctuary for Endangered Species, Welcomes Visitors

In a remote part of Southeast Ohio, a 10 thousand acre nature and animal preserve called  The Wilds gives visitors the sense of being in Africa.  In this Postcard story, WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked with Patty Peters, a spokeswoman for The Columbus Zoo, which partners in operating The Wilds.

Local News
10:37 am
Thu March 8, 2012

Concert Planned to Benefit Kentucky Tornado Victims

On Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17 a benefit concert to aid tornado disaster relief efforts will take place at Sherman Baptist Church in Dry Ridge, Kentucky. Leigh Ann Wilcher tells WNKU's Steve Hirschberg how she and her husband came up with the idea for the benefit concert.

Local News
2:05 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Red Cross Sets Up Housing Hotline for Clermont County Storm Victims

The American Red Cross has established a hotline for Clermont County residents to call if they have an immediate need for housing as a result of last Friday's storms. Those who have lost their home or who have suffered damage to their home can contact The Red Cross for housing assistance. The phone number is 579-3024.

Local News
12:59 pm
Tue March 6, 2012

Red Cross: Send Us Money, Not Clothing or Other Items

If you want to contribute to The American Red Cross to help tornado victims, the agency wants you to send money, rather than items. The Red Cross website has a button you can click to make a monetary donation. The agency doesn't have the resources or personnel to handle food, used clothing or shoes. If you wish to donate such items, The Red Cross recommends that you contact United Way 211, local community centers or The Salvation Army. The Red cross also says people can let loved ones know they're okay by registering on its Safe and Well website, where they can also update their status on Facebook or Twitter.  

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Local News
10:16 am
Tue March 6, 2012

American Red Cross and Matthew 25 Ministries Set Up Relief Fund for Tornado Victims

PNC Bank, The American Red Cross and Matthew 25 Ministries have joined forces to set up a fund to help tornado victims. Monetary donations are being accepted at all PNC branches in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area. Donors can bring their contributions in person or send checks payable to either the American Red Cross or Matthew 25 Ministries. The mailing address is c/o PNC Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 1198, Cincinnati, OH 45201-9631  

Local News
5:49 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Bishop Calls for Collection to Help Storm Victims

 Bishop Roger Foys is asking all parishes in the Diocese of Covington to take up a second, special collection next weekend to help those in the diocese who were hit by Friday's violent storms. Funds that are collected in the parishes will be sent to the diocesan Stewardship and Missions Office.  Foys says  pastors and parish administrators will be able to apply for funds to help meet the needs of parishioners and others in the communities. Donations can be sent to the Stewardship and Mission Offices, P.O. Box 15550, Covington, KY 41015.

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