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Growing up in Geauga County, I watched Fox 8 news all the time growing up; mostly for school closings when I was younger and for news as I got older. In high school, I really developed a love for television, taping the morning announcements and thinking of creative ways to tell people what was going on but also to try to get a laugh.

I earned my degrees from the beautiful Ohio University, studying political science and telecommunications.

I took my first television job in Oak Hill, WV as a weekend “weather person” and reporter during the week. I always tell people my first job was like graduate school for me. I learned so much shooting, editing and producing there that it helped me appreciate the whole process that goes into putting a newscast together.

I eventually moved up North, taking a job at a station in Charleston, WV. I stayed there for nearly 8 years, working my way up the ladder until I became the main evening anchor. There I covered many stories I will never forget, the one having the biggest impact was the UBB mining disaster where 29 brave souls lost their lives. It’s a story I will never forget. West Virginians are such kind and resilient people, it often reminded me of those from my beloved hometown.

I worked as an anchor and reporter in Boston before returning home to Fox 8 in Cleveland as the 7 o’clock anchor.

Being able to deliver the news to the people who matter the most to me in the world is such a blessing and very rewarding. I am so happy to be home.

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  • Graphic: Canton police body cam video shows K-9 officer take down driver who refused to get out of car

    **WARNING:  Some people may find portions of the video disturbing** CANTON, Ohio — Canton police released video on Wednesday that shows a traffic stop where a Canton Police Department K-9 was used to help in the arrest of a driver. The body cam video documents a traffic stop that happened on May 13. An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper pulled over Ronald Wagner, 45. The Canton Police Department was called to assist when police say the driver was non-compliant with the […]

  • Latest on one family’s lawsuit in UH fertility clinic failure

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – The lawyer for one of the hundreds of families affected by the storage tank failure at University Hospitals Fertility Clinic says the hospital gave no answer in response to a lawsuit. Tom Merriman represents more than 150 patients devastated by the incident at UH’s Ahuja Medical Center where more than 4,000 embryos were likely destroyed after a storage tank failure. One of those families is the Plants family, who had five embryos stored in the compromised tank after […]

  • Some people already lining up for chance to get tickets to see ‘Hamilton’ at Playhouse Square

    CLEVELAND- It’s being called the hottest ticket in town: The Tony award-winning musical Hamilton is coming to Cleveland. Tickets go on sale Friday at 9 a.m. and some people were already in line Thursday evening for a chance at tickets. Playhouse Square says the tickets will go fast and buying online is still your best bet. Tickets range from $60 to $155; a select number of $435 premium seats will also be available for all performances. There is a maximum […]

  • Celebrating rock and roll: Elizabeth Noreika’s mother was there when Beatlemania hit Cleveland!

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — When it comes to rock and roll, no band may have been or ever will be more popular than the Beatles. FOX 8’s Elizabeth Noreika says her mom was there when Beatlemania hit Cleveland in the ’60s, and she has the Polaroid pictures to prove it! Elizabeth says her mom was 17 and got a pass from her school paper to be at the show in 1966 on what would be the final Beatles tour.  In one […]

  • ‘There’s no place like home’: Woman hopes LeBron gets good look at new billboard

    AKRON, Ohio — Encouraging the King to stay in Cleveland. Just a few weeks after other cities including Philly and Portland tried to entice LeBron James away from The Land using large billboards, a local realtor is fighting back. Alison McIntyre Baranek is a realtor for Stouffer Realty. She decided to get in on the billboard game and purchased a few digital billboards. The first is on Interstate 77 in both directions between Copley Road and White Pond Drive in […]

  • Republic Steel partnership to restart idled blast furnace

    LORAIN, Ohio- A partnership between Republic Steel and a Minnesota iron ore company says it plans to restart a northeast Ohio blast furnace that’s been idle since 2016. The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports Lorain Pig Iron LLC says the furnace capable of producing 1 million tons of pig iron annually could be operating at the Lorain mill by the end of 2018. The partnership between Republic and ERP Iron Ore is considering restarting a second furnace at the mill to produce pig iron […]

  • Nexus pipeline vote: City of Green accepts settlement with company

    GREEN, Ohio —  The legal fight to stop construction on a natural gas pipeline in the city of Green has come to an end, as city council voted to accept a settlement with the company behind the pipeline. By a narrow vote of 4 to 3, council voted to accept the settlement, saying it is what is best for the city. The Nexus Natural Gas Pipeline would run 8 miles through the city and has faced much opposition since it’s […]

  • Bodies of four family members recovered from Cleveland house fire

    CLEVELAND –  Crews have shifted a recovery effort to a demolition project now that the fourth victim of an early morning Cleveland house fire has been found. The blaze began at about 1 a.m. Tuesday on Hillview Road in Cleveland. Cold and windy conditions made fighting the fire extremely difficult and dangerous. When crews arrived, flames were shooting out of every window in the home. Crews were unable to enter the house and had to fight the fire from outside. […]

  • Cleveland police tackle fashion as they teach tie tying to the younger generation

    CLEVELAND – Cleveland Police officers are hoping to inspire young men in their communities by taking the time to teach them to dress for success. To help these young men “look the part,”police passed out neck ties they have been collecting for the boys to keep. It’s part of an effort officers are spearheading and hope to host numerous more events across the Cleveland area. Monday night’s event took place at the learning center in Rainbow Terrace. Young boys, and […]

  • Snow causing accidents in NE Ohio including on I-77 and I-76

    Accidents are being reported all over Northeast Ohio as the snow continues to fall. ODOT tweeted that all lanes of I-77 south were closed at Grant Ave. due to a jackknifed tractor trailer. The area was reopened just before 2 a.m. #CLEtraffic All lanes of I-77 south are closed at Grant Ave. due to a jack knifed tractor trailer. Motorists are being diverted off I-77 south at Grant Ave. — ODOT Cleveland (@ODOT_Cleveland) December 14, 2017 ODOT reported several crashes […]

  • Teen to be tried as adult in series of violent crimes

    CLEVELAND – Prosecutors say a teen’s reign of terror is over and he will now be tried as an adult following a series of violent crimes investigators allege he is behind. 17-year-old Krillian Howard was indicted as an adult Wednesday. Police say he is behind at least 2 carjackings and a chase with police last spring. Police arrested Howard on April 12th. They say he was involved in 2 carjackings that day, which also happened to be his birthday. The […]

  • ‘Together We Are Greater Than Heroin’ is message at Church on The Rise service

    WESTLAKE, Ohio – The resounding message tonight at a special church service in Westlake was  “Together We Are Greater Than Heroin.” The service was dedicated to those who have died from drug overdoses and their loved ones that have been affected by the heartbreak of this senseless loss. Church on The Rise and Beyond The Walls Church joined together to host this service and candlelight vigil. Mayors from Westlake, Bay Village, Rocky River and North Ridgeville spoke briefly about the […]