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Wayne is co-anchor of Fox 8 News in the Morning, Cleveland’s Number 1 morning show, seen weekdays from 430a to 10am.
Before teaming up with the morning crew, Wayne served as co-anchor of the weekend editions of FOX 8 News – rated Number 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 eleven 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. In 2014 Wayne was inducted into the NATAS Silver Circle and also received the Chuck Heaton Award for the Cleveland Press Club. He was also awarded the William Taylor Alumni award from the Journalism and Mass Communications School of Kent State University.
Wayne 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.” Wayne Dawson is also an ordained minister.


Recent Articles
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    CLEVELAND – George Shuba has taken more than 12,000 photos during years of photography in the rock and roll world. He’s photographed plenty of famous performers, including The Beatles. *Watch the video above for more and CLICK HERE for dozens of stories on Rock Week*

  • Not getting enough Z’s? Lack of sleep could impact your health

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  • Reaching out to improve the Akron community: Local pastor recognized as unsung hero

    AKRON- He is a longtime pastor with a heart for people. The founder of a mega-church that’s reaching out to improve the Akron community in which he serves. As we celebrate Black History Month, Bishop Joey Johnson is our unsung hero who continues to make black history after being selected to serve on a state task-force studying the police use-of-force. Our own Wayne Dawson sat down with Bishop Johnson and has his story in the video above. For more on […]

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

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  • 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

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