Jack has been a general assignment reporter at Fox 8 since 1995.

In 2009, Jack Shea received an Emmy Award for Fox 8’s live coverage of the Cuyahoga County Government corruption raids.

Among other honors he has received, first place in the country from the National Headliners Awards, for leading Fox 8’s coverage of the Huron County
“Kids in Cages” Story.

Jack has received a number of other awards during his career, including two WICI Crystal Awards for his coverage of the impact of NAFTA in Mexico and the U.S., and a series on illegal political fundraisers.

Jack is a native of Kansas City, Missouri. He attended the University of Toledo, where he was President and Prudential of Alpha Sigma Phi Fraternity.

Jack recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by making a pilgrimage to County Kerry Ireland, the homeland of his grandfather before he immigrated to America.

Jack and his family live in Avon Lake.


Recent Articles
  • Middlefield police warn residents about Christmas light thefts

    MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio – Police in  Middlefield are warning residents about a thief who is stealing Christmas decorations. A home security system caught one of the suspects on video and police are hoping it leads to a quick arrest of the Grinches. Fox 8’s Jack Shea has the details in the video box, above.

  • Lake County Sheriff: Teen, two younger siblings stole packages to sell items online

    MENTOR, Ohio– An on-board camera was rolling as a Mentor police officer caught up with a red Toyota Corolla. A concerned citizen followed the car after a neighbor witnessed a young boy stealing a package from her porch. Authorities in Lake County were looking for a small red car in connection with the theft of a large number of packages from porches and mailboxes over the past couple of weeks. As the officer spoke with the driver and her 10-year-old […]

  • Woman wants Walmart ‘Secret Santa’ to know how much act of kindness has helped her

    ATTICA, Ohio- Even on a bright sunny day, 35-year-old Meme Johnson says she sometimes feels like there is a dark cloud hanging over her head. Meme is battling a painful chronic disease, but weighing most heavily on her mind this holiday season is the health of her 52-year-old mother. “She has stage four pancreatic cancer and it’s everywhere pretty much. I mean, it’s in her bones, and to see her laying in the bed and being afraid to die; we […]

  • Local man who once weighed 800 pounds shares inspirational weight loss story

    STOW, Ohio — Mark Learner once weighed more than 800 pounds, but the Stow resident has dropped more than half of that weight, thanks in small part to a daily walk he takes around his adopted hometown. The 53-year-old says he was active and athletic in his youth, but as a result of work-related injuries and a heart ailment, he began to put on weight at an alarming rate in his 30s. “And before I knew it, I went from […]

  • Surveillance video shows what happened after man escaped Garfield Heights Jail

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio– Surveillance video obtained by FOX 8 News is providing a glimpse into the mindset of a jail escapee, who was killed on Friday, while running from police in a stolen car. Security cameras were rolling inside the Quik Deli in Maple Heights on Friday morning, as 34-year-old Donnie Thomas walked into the store, hours after he escaped from the Garfield Heights City Jail by overpowering a jail employee and stealing his keys. The video reveals that sometime […]

  • Escaped Garfield Heights inmate robbed woman, broke into house before deadly crash

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio– An inmate who escaped from the Garfield Heights City Jail on Friday morning was later killed in a fiery crash while running from police in a stolen car, police say. Investigators said 34-year-old Donnie Thomas was arrested early Friday for allegedly robbing a Walgreens store by claiming he had a gun and demanding cash from employees. Garfield Heights police said Thomas escaped at 7:49 a.m. as he was being booked into the jail by a single jail […]

  • Man who escaped Garfield Heights Jail dies in fiery crash on 176

    GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio– The man who escaped the Garfield Heights Jail on Friday died in a fiery crash on state Route 176. Donnie J. Thomas, 34, of Sagamore Hills, escaped just before 8 a.m. Friday. Garfield Heights police said he attacked a jailer and was last seen running east from Oakpark Boulevard. Police combed neighborhoods in the area around the jail in an attempt to find him. Officers later spotted a stolen vehicle in the area of Transportation Boulevard and […]

  • Clevelanders respond to call for donations to help St. Augustine feed thousands

    CLEVELAND– Providing Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate, has been a tradition at St. Augustine Church for the past 45 years. Sister Corita Ambro has been the driving force behind the holiday feast at the church’s hunger center on West 14th Street in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood. Sister Corita said she anticipated that donations to support this year’s Thanksgiving dinner would be down because many donors had already given so much to the victims of natural disasters in the U.S. and […]

  • Bump in hallway becomes focus of investigation at Summit County courthouse

    AKRON, OHIO – Getting bumped into by a stranger is a part of life in a crowded society, but when a court employee bumped into an assistant prosecutor in Akron, it actually became the focus of an investigation. A surveillance camera was rolling inside the Summit County Courthouse on Oct. 10, as assistant prosecutor Kassim Ahmed conferred with an attorney outside a courtroom. The video shows court employee Holly Trivett emerging from the women’s restroom, bumping into Ahmed and then […]

  • What should happen to tent city that provides shelter to Akron’s homeless?

    AKRON, Ohio- A small encampment of tents in a muddy strip of land behind an old factory, has become home to dozens of Akron’s homeless. The tent city, known as Second Chance Village, was developed by community activist Sage Lewis, who says he discovered the plight of the city’s homeless, while he was running for mayor in 2015. “The homeless problem in Akron is the homeless problem in America. We are ignoring the homeless; we are dehumanizing them; we are […]

  • First arrest in new program to stop package thefts from local porches

    CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio- One week ago, Cuyahoga Falls Police publicly announced that detectives would be placing so-called bait packages around the city, outfitted with GPS tracking devices that would allow officers to follow wherever the package would go and quickly apprehend would-be thieves. Investigators say 20-year-old Alonzo Porter of Akron apparently did not get the memo. Authorities say Porter took a package that police had placed on the porch of a home on Graham Road on Thursday afternoon, as undercover […]

  • Woman delivers her own baby in kitchen at home

    BEDFORD HEIGHTS, Ohio- Tasha Wilburn, 28, says she felt like she might be going into labor early Wednesday morning at her home in Bedford Heights, but there’s no way she could have anticipated the birth of her first child, six weeks before the due date. Tasha’s husband was already at work and she ran to get her cell phone to call 911 for help, and then it happened. “As I was headed to the living room where my cell phone […]