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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.

Recent Articles
  • Investigators work to solve 1990 cold case with ties to Cleveland

    OKLAHOMA CITY — A cold case with a connection to Northeast Ohio could soon come to a close as investigators make major strides in trying to identify a woman killed nearly 30 years ago. According to KFOR, the woman was killed in a crash on a rural Oklahoma highway in 1990 after she may have been picked up in Cleveland by the driver of a semi truck.  That truck driver was charged in her death, but the charges were later […]

  • Vigil held for victim of shooting on I-90 ramp

    CLEVELAND – One of the  men who was shot and killed at an I-90 exit ramp Saturday was remembered Wednesday evening. Cassandra McDonald, the head of the Euclid NAACP, told Fox 8 Sunday her brother, Andre Williams, 35 was killed along with a man the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office identified as 35-year-old Malachi Perez Stewart III. Dozens of people gathered at the scene of the shooting with pictures, balloons and candles. His sister says that the vigil Wednesday wasn’t […]

  • Officer Josh Miktarian’s wife, daughter grateful for outpouring of support over past 10 years

    TWINSBURG, Ohio — A special ceremony was held Friday evening in Twinsburg to remember Officer Josh Miktarian, who was killed in the line of duty 10 years ago after making a traffic stop. His loss is still felt by the city he served. Dozens gathered at the Officer Miktarian Memorial in front of the Twinsburg Police Department, lighting candles in memory of Josh. In his memory, two flagpoles were permanently added to the memorial, one representing the fire department; the […]

  • Lorain police file grievance over messy birds at building entrance

    LORAIN, Ohio – A bird’s nest is causing quite a storm in Lorain. A swarm of nesting cliff swallow birds has taken up residence in city hall, and are giving officers a big problem. The birds first showed up last month, nesting near the entrance to the building. Since then, the birds have been…well… doing what birds do, and not cleaning up after themselves.  The building, police vehicles and even officers themselves have been “dropped” on. The Fraternal Order of […]

  • Angry citizens call for action over Lorain councilman’s Facebook comments

    LORAIN, Ohio – A fiery city council meeting in Lorain Monday night, as angry protestors came to make their voices heard following recent controversial Facebook posts made by city councilman Dennis Flores. Flores is accused of making racially insensitive comments following a murder in the area. Many say he used racially insensitive language on Facebook talking about the business, The Cotton Club, on East 28th Street. The business’ owner, Anthony Barnwell, is now suing  Flores for his Facebook posts. The […]

  • New garden honors the memory of Alianna DeFreeze

    CLEVELAND – A touching tribute to a teenager taken in tragedy. The school Alianna DeFreeze attended dedicated a garden in her honor in the hope of keeping her memory alive. E Prep and Village Prep Woodland Hills Campus planted a garden dedicated to the 14-year-old. In the garden is a boulder with her name on it, surrounded by purple flowers: her favorite color. Her father Damon describes the garden as peaceful and beautiful. “It was a beautiful gesture established by […]

  • 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 […]