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.


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