Fred Andrle is a poet, playwright, and journalist. His current poetry collection is “What Counts,” (XOXOX Press, Gambier, Ohio, 2012). His first collection was “Love Life” (XOXOX, 2008). Fred’s poetry was featured in the anthology “Prayers to Protest: Poems that Center and Bless Us” (Pudding House Press), and his poem “The Book”, was read by Garrison Keillor on his public radio series “The Writer’s Almanac.” Fred has received playwriting and poetry fellowships from the Greater Columbus Arts Council. His one-act play, “The Eternal Brunch,” was staged by CATCO, the Contemporary American Theater Company (Columbus) in 2000. He is a member of the “House of Toast,” a Columbus poetry writing and performance group.
Fred was Executive Producer and Host of “Open Line,” a daily public affairs talk show on WOSU, a National Public Radio affiliate in Columbus. He retired in May, 2009, after 20 years hosting the program. Prior to that, he was Executive Producer for WOSU-TV.
He has received Ohio Public Broadcasting and Regional Emmy awards for his radio and television programs. Fred currently writes as an independent journalist. His opinion columns have appeared in newspapers nationwide.
Fred is an Associate at the Ohio State University Humanities Institute, where he produces and hosts public humanities forums held in locations throughout the Central Ohio community. The Ohio Humanities Council gave Fred their 2010 Bjornson Award for Distinguished Service in the Humanities.
He is a member of the Medicine and the Arts Roundtable at the Ohio State University. He co-directs the Hospital Poets series, which brings readings by Ohio poets to hospitals at OSU and across the community. Fred received a 2015 Sir William Osler MD award from OSU for collaboration in the Medicine and the Arts initiative.
Fred taught courses in mass media at Ohio Wesleyan University, Ohio Dominican University, and Northern Arizona University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Communication from Stanford.