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Local college newspaper playing major role in FBI investigation into Kent State professor’s ISIS ties

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KENT, Ohio - A college publication played a major role in the investigation of the Kent State University professor and his possible terror ties.

It's a headline not only being seen on Kent State's campus, but around the world. The FBI is investigating a history professor for alleged ties to ISIS.

"It feels surreal honestly for us. We are small paper at a state school in Ohio. For us to be breaking this kind of national news coverage and to be getting this kind of national coverage is so huge for us," said the editor of the Kent Stater, Emily Mills.

Mills is a Kent State senior and has been the editor of the Kent Stater since this past summer.

For years, she's written stories about Dr. Julio Pino. Most recently covering an incident where Pino shouted "death to Israel" during an Israeli diplomat's lecture.

Mills says, "It was just comments that he just made. The professor has always been very vocal about his opinions, which is fantastic. For the Professor to be that vocal about his opinions, regardless if people agree with him or believe him, he definitely has that right."

Story topics on Pino included him coming under fire for praising a suicide bomber in an editorial written for Kent State's newspaper in 2002. Accusations he wrote for an extremist Islamic website in 2007 are highlighted in another article.

As for Emily, she is not sure what her next step will be after graduation. The goal is to continue investigative journalism and to leave a legacy for others to follow.

“I've been blown away at how we have been able to cover the story from the editorial. My reporters picked up everything we asked, everyone just picked up what we asked them to do."

The Kent Stater has a circulation of about 8,700 copies and is published three times a week.

More than 150 students are part of the Kent Stater, all contributing to stories that are making a difference locally, nationally and internationally.

Continuing coverage on Julio Pino here