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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.

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    NEWBURY TOWNSHIP, Ohio — The Newbury School District on Monday evening voted –3 to 2– to pass a measure to consolidate with West Geauga. Dozens came out to make their voices heard; some were very passionate. Students were clearly moved by the vote; some broke down in tears over the news and hugged one another. Newbury Local Schools announced its plans to merge with West Geauga Local Schools for the 2020-2021 school year. The announcement led to a chance for […]

  • Cleveland Clinic employee fired after anti-Semitic comments releases statement, ‘Those words do not represent who I am’

    CLEVELAND, Ohio – A Cleveland Clinic employee who was fired after anti-Semitic comments surfaced on one of her social media accounts has released a statement about the posts. The Cleveland Clinic identified the first-year resident as Lara Kollab. She worked as a supervised first-year resident from July until September of 2018. In multiple posts from 2012, Kollab called for violence against Jewish people and even minimized the Holocaust. The Cleveland Clinic took immediate action and placed Kollab on leave back […]

  • Cleveland Clinic employee fired after anti-Semitic comments surfaced on her Twitter account

    CLEVELAND — A Cleveland Clinic employee was fired after anti-Semitic comments surfaced on one of her social media accounts. The tweets were from 2012 and were first documented by a group that examines social media accounts and looks for anti-Semitic rhetoric. The group said the young woman wrote several comments, including how she intended to give all Jewish patients the wrong medications. The Cleveland Clinic has identified the first-year resident as Lara Kollab. She worked as a supervised first-year resident from […]

  • Home sweet home: Newburgh Heights passes college loan payment plan

    NEWBURGH HEIGHTS, Ohio —  Newburgh Heights city council on Monday night voted to pass a proposal with the promise of a big payout: Move to Newburgh Heights and the village will help with your student loans. It’s a move city leaders hope will give people an incentive to call Newburgh Heights home. They say already they are surprised and excited by the volume of calls and interested people wanting to move from other states like Georgia and New York. Mayor […]

  • After meeting with Pelosi, Marcia Fudge still weighing speaker bid

    WASHINGTON — Democrats are set to take over the majority in the house, but they may be looking to new leadership. Congresswoman Marcia Fudge has a big decision to make in the coming days — whether or not to run for speaker of the house and challenge Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi is looking to return to that position. Democrats do not appear to be unified as to who their leader will be. At least 17 democrats have a signed a letter […]

  • Browns Backers group forced to end self-made ‘Victory Fridge’

    BEREA, Ohio– They may live in The Big Apple, but their state of mind is more Cleveland based. The Browns’ fan group Big Apple Browns Backers of NYC said they are bummed after the legal department out of Berea put an end to their self-made “Victory Fridge.” Club member Sean Martin said they made their own version of the fridge after Bud Light said they didn’t distribute any outside of Ohio. With Bud Light out of the picture, the group […]

  • Youngest person in U.S. to receive face transplant shares story to try and help others

    A second chance at life. A survivor of a suicide attempt and the youngest person in the U.S. to receive a face transplant is using her journey to help others. Katie Stubblefield, 21, spoke with FOX 8’s Elizabeth Noreika about her long road to recovery, why suicide is never the answer and her hopes for the future. Watch Elizabeth’s report, above. Click here for the “Katie Faces Forward Fund.” More from the Ronald McDonald House, here.

  • 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 […]