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Wayne is co-anchor of Fox 8 News in the Morning, seen weekdays from 5 to 10 a.m. Wayne is also the host of "Neighborhood" -- a quarterly public-affairs program. Before teaming up with the morning crew, Wayne served as co-anchor of the weekend editions of Fox 8 News -- rated No. 1 for five consecutive years with Wayne behind the desk.

For two years prior to joining WJW in the late-'70s, Wayne was an anchor/reporter at WNIR Radio in Kent, Ohio. The 1979 graduate of Kent State University holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.

An eight-time Emmy winner, Wayne is a member of the NAACP, the National Association of Black Journalists and the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity. He is also a member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Recently, Cleveland Life Magazine named Wayne "Most Favorite Male" and "Best Dressed Male Television Personality" for the second time. He was also twice named one of the Jaycees "Outstanding Young Men of America." Beyond that, the Professional Women's Business Association selected Wayne as "Outstanding TV News Reporter" and Delta Sigma Theta named him "Man of the Year."


Recent Articles
  • FOX 8 Recipe Box: Wayne’s Grilled Turkey Ribs

    All summer, the Fox 8 News in the Morning crew has been sharing their favorite recipes. Wayne shared his favorite recipe for grilled turkey ribs and baked beans! *Scroll down for some other Fox 8 recipes Turkey Ribs: Marinade: 1 part Liquid Smoke to 8 parts water Season: Onion powder, garlic powder, seasoning salt, pepper Marinate the “turkey ribs” for 4 – 6 hours. Grill to golden brown for 3 – 6 minutes. Baked Beans: 1 28 oz. can Bush’s […]

  • Mom Shares Nightmare of Losing Daughter

    CLEVELAND — Her daughter was killed in a hail of gunfire.  Now the woman who lost her eye in the violence is speaking exclusively to Fox 8 News. Noni Brooks, 33, said she has a lot of pain and a lot of questions, and she still wonders why. “I miss her, and sometimes I don’t know how to feel, I don’t know where to go, or what to do,” said Brooks. It’s the heartache of losing a child. Each day […]

  • Pay It Forward: Giving Back After the Gift of Life

    A daughter’s love… giving the gift of life. It’s time to give $500 to an unsung hero: someone who’s making life better for others. We do this in partnership with ‘The Word’ Church. Watch Wayne Dawson’s report above.

  • Pay It Forward: Giving Back to a Caregiver

    Giving back to a caregiver. It’s time to honor another unsung hero. We Pay It Forward in partnership with “The Word” Church. Watch Wayne Dawson’s report above.

  • Pay It Forward: Keeping Football Dream Alive

    They are on the verge of playing for a national championship; that’s if they can afford to get there. It’s time to Pay It Forward to another unsung hero. We do this in partnership with “The Word” Church. Watch Wayne Dawson’s story above.

  • Pay It Forward: A Dedicated Volunteer

    They volunteer their time helping senior citizens– some of them younger than they are. It’s time to give $500 to an unsung hero. We do this in partnership with ‘The Word Church.’ Watch Wayne Dawson’s report above. *To nominate someone for a ‘Pay it Forward story’ click here.

  • Pay It Forward: Love for a Landlord

    The relationship between a landlord and his/her tenants can sometimes be difficult. But, that’s not the case at a senior apartment complex in Lake County. Residents there love their manager. It’s time to give $500 to an unsung hero. We do this in partnership with ‘The Word Church.’ Watch Wayne Dawson’s report above. *To nominate someone for a ‘Pay it Forward story’ click here.

  • Pay It Forward: Mother Gives Gift of Life

    Most every mother loves their children, but not everyone can give the gift of life. It’s time to give 5 $100 bills to someone who must then pay it forward. We do this in partnership with ‘The Word Church.’ Our own Wayne Dawson shows us this week’s unsung hero in the video above. *To nominate someone for a ‘Pay it Forward story’ click here.

  • Ted Ginn, Sr. Opens Up About Brave Battle with Cancer

    He’s a giant in local high school coaching, turning boys into men and guiding an inner city football team to national prominence. But, Glenville High School’s Ted Ginn, Sr. is currently battling his toughest opponent: cancer; it’s a battle he’s determined to win. Watch Wayne Dawson’s interview with him in the video above.

  • Pay It Forward: Generous Teacher Pays it Forward

    Giving back to a teacher– who then pays it forward, himself! Each week FOX 8 recognizes someone who is making a difference in the lives of others by giving them 5 $100 bills. We do this in partnership with ‘The Word Church.’ Our own Wayne Dawson shows us this week’s unsung hero in the video above. *To nominate someone for a ‘Pay it Forward story’ click here.

  • Pay It Forward: Helping Woman in Fight of Her Life

    It’s hard to see a friend suffer, especially one who’s been there for others. Each week FOX 8 recognizes someone who is making a difference in the lives of others by giving them 5 $100 bills. We do this in partnership with ‘The Word Church.’ Our own Wayne Dawson shows us this week’s unsung hero in the video above. *To nominate someone for a ‘Pay it Forward story’ click here.

  • Pay It Forward: Special Dedication to Animals

    She has a love for animals– specifically a farm located in the middle of a city. She spends most of her free time caring for the animals. Each week FOX 8 recognizes someone who is making a difference in the lives of others by giving them 5 $100 bills. We do this in partnership with ‘The Word Church.’ Our own Wayne Dawson shows us this week’s unsung hero in the video above. *To nominate someone for a ‘Pay it Forward […]