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Abigail Bottar


Expertise: Audio reporting, Akron politics, rail safety

Education: Kent State University - Bachelor of Arts, political science

Favorite spot in Northeast Ohio: Downtown Kent


Abigail Bottar covers Akron, Canton, Kent and the surrounding areas for Ideastream Public Media. She started in public radio as a news intern at WKSU. Her reporting on the train derailment in East Palestine has appeared nationally and internationally on the BBC, NPR, “Morning Edition,” “Up First,” “Here and Now,” MSNBC, “Living on Earth” and Vox’s “Today, Explained.”


  • 2022, Best Spot News Coverage, Ohio Associated Press Media Editors
  • Guest on the “Sound of Ideas” and panelist on the “Sound of Ideas Reporters Roundtable”

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