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

'Our Land': Men Wanting Non-violent Change

Today we have another piece in Our Land, our occasional series about community policing in Cleveland. Yesterday we heard some perspectives from the city's Central neighborhood: JOHNSON: "I have had a bad experience myself...

100th Anniversary of the Cleveland Agreement

I responded to Cliff Skalba: Are they mutually exclusive?

Cliff Skalba

Assimilate or prosper... The immigrants that chose proper,do best..

100th Anniversary of the Cleveland Agreement

History books credit the "Pittsburgh Agreement" as a catalyst for the creation of Czechoslovakia, but before there could be a "Pittsburgh Agreement," there was a "Cleveland Agreement." On this edition of the Sound of...

Breast Cancer Rates in Northeast Ohio

Why does Northeast Ohio have higher death rates from breast cancer than the national average? A report from Komen Northeast Ohio was released last month showing 42 percent of breast cancer deaths in the state occur in our...

The First 2,000 Days of Childhood

What happens with a child in the first 2,000 days impacts that child for life. Good or bad. Studies show that if a child doesn't get the proper nourishment -- body and mind -- in those crucial early years, roughly birth to...

Cleveland Haunts and Fun Things to Do This Fall

Are there ghosts in Cleveland? According to the Cleveland Museum of Art's website, an apparition of former director William Miliken makes nighttime visitations. And there have been multiple reports of ghost sightings in...

Taking on Gun Violence

I responded to Cliff Skalba: What do you think should be done, Cliff?   Thanks, Andrew

Cliff Skalba

"Everyone is looking for a solution to our nation`s gun violence problem". Really ..??  I don`t see or hear any.. All we get is the same old talking points,mostly by the racists.. HIDING from solutions,would be more... Continue reading

Taking on Gun Violence

Everyone is looking for a solution to our nation's gun violence problem, but what will work? One idea that is gaining momentum is approaching the issue as a public health matter. Would it help if we start viewing gun...

Senior Hunger

Hunger among the elderly is a vexing, and growing, problem in the United States. As the elderly ranks swell, so, too, does the risk of older people going hungry. Poverty, isolation and physical limitations all play a role.

The History of Coming Out

It's National "Coming Out Week", and this show will look at the history of coming out. What did it look like in the past and what does it look like today? What has changed and what remains the same? Even as much progress...