Andrew Samtoy

Host/Producer, Online and Community Engagement

Andrew Samtoy

I joined the Civic Commons in October, 2013 after a short career as an attorney and a long time in community organizing and engagement. I spend every minute of every day thinking about how I can get people to interact with each other - and now, at the Civic Commons, it's what I'm supposed to be doing!

My Recent Activity

The Cost of College and Student Debt

A college degree might set you up for a successful career. It can also saddle you with so much debt you can't even think about buying a house, according to a report by the Federal Reserve Bank in Cleveland. On the Sound of...

Fixing Neighborhood Blight

A recent report shows that while 11,000 homes and buildings have been demolished in the last decade in Cleveland, blight remains a persistant problem for some area neighborhoods. What progress has been made when it comes...

The Future of Northeast Ohio

We're going to talk about our region's future with leaders in business, nonprofits and education. They all have two things in common: They're overachievers. And they're featured in Crain's Cleveland Business "40 Under 40"...

Republican National Convention Update

The Republican National Convention is fast approaching. What is Northeast Ohio doing to get ready for the weeklong affair in July and how will the convention impact your life? David Gilbert, head of the local host...

The Status of Our Airports

It's been almost two years since United Airines pulled its hub from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, after civic and business leaders campaigned unsuccessfully to save it. So what has it meant for Hopkins, for...

Syrian Refugees

Ohio Governor John Kasich, on the presidential campaign trail, says this state should accept no Syrian refugees amid concerns terrorists might be entering the country posing as refugees. Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson,...

Encore Presentation: Efforts to Improve Literacy

Are you a book lover? Cleveland grade-schooler Madison is. She recently expressed her love for reading in a youtube clip that went viral. On this encore edition of The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk with Madison and also hear...

Campus Activism

Over the past year few years, stories of racism on college campuses and the perceived lack of university response has caused a wave of young people to take matters into their own hands. Students at the University of...

Attitudes Toward the Death Penalty

Most Americans still favor the death penalty, but support has hit a new low according to a Pew Research Center report earlier this year. Why are attitudes changing? How likely is it that we will see reform in Ohio?

Sexually Transmitted Infections

Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, has become for many a manageable infection with the right drug regimen. But many don't know that there is also a drug available that can actually keep you from contracting the virus,...