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
11:01 am
Mon March 26, 2012

FEMA and SBA Helping Kentucky Tornado Victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency says more than four thousand Kentuckians who suffered in the recent storms and tornadoes have registered with FEMA for assistance. The agency also says it has approved more than $ 7 million for storm survivors in the state's 21-county disaster area. WNKU's Steve Hirschberg talked with FEMA spokeswoman Renee Bafalis and with Small Business Administration spokesman John Oliver Frederick, both of whom visited our studios on Friday. Bafalis says FEMA has opened nine disaster recovery centers in Kentucky.

Local News
10:15 am
Tue March 20, 2012

Reds Broadcaster Assesses Team for 2012 Season

With the Cincinnati Reds' rounding into shape at Spring Training in Goodyear, Arizona, Reds fans are looking forward to Opening Day. One man who is highly enthusiastic about the team's chances for the coming season is Reds' broadcaster Thom Brennaman. He talked with WNKU's Steve Hirschberg

Local News
4:42 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

City-County Tornado Relief Drive March 20

The city of Cincinnati,  Hamilton County and Matthew 25 Ministries are joining forces to collect emergency relief donations for Clermont County tornado victims. The one-day collection drive will take place next Tuesday, March 20 from 7 am till 8 pm at locations around the county. Those locations will include every Cincinnati Police district station and every Hamilton County Sheriff's Patrol station.  Donations will also be collected in the lobbies of Cincinnati City Hall and the Hamilton County Administration Building. 

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Local News
4:30 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Clermont Health District Waives Many Fees for Tornado Victims

March 15, 2012

 

Batavia, Ohio.  The Clermont County General Health District Board has approved waiving a number of fees for victims of the March 2, 2012 tornado and devastating storms that hit southern Clermont County, killing three people and causing millions of dollars in property damage.

 

The following fees will be waived for storm victims:

 

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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.

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