Jen Steer is a web producer at Fox 8 News in Cleveland, writing stories for fox8.com, planning social media strategy and curating homepage content.
She spent a year as a community engagement specialist for the Northeast Ohio Media Group, representing cleveland.com, The Plain Dealer and Sun News.
For four years, Jen web produced at NewsChannel5 in Cleveland, where she won several awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Ohio Associated Press. She also received an Edward R. Murrow Award for her coverage of serial killer Anthony Sowell.
In 2013, Jen helped break the news that Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found alive in the Cleveland house of Ariel Castro. She discussed the kidnappings live with Anderson Cooper on CNN, appeared on BBC’s morning show and provided updates to radio stations around the globe.
Jen studied broadcast journalism at Kent State University and graduated in 2008.
PAINESVILLE, Ohio– The Ohio Department of Transportation lowered the speed limit on Interstate 90 in Lake County Tuesday night because of low visibility and heavy snowfall on the road. The speed limit is now at 40 mph in the area that’s become known for weather-related crashes. As of 9:30 p.m., ODOT had 54 crews out plowing and treating roadways in Ashtabula, Geauga and Lake counties. Painesville police said there is a snow parking ban in effect for the city until […]
WILLOWICK, Ohio (WJW)– A 1.7-magnitude earthquake hit Lake Erie on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The small quake happened at 5:25 p.m. just north of Willowick. Willowick police said there were reports related to the incident. It’s the second earthquake in Lake County in three days. There was a 2.6-magnitude quake Saturday afternoon north of Eastlake.
TOLEDO, Ohio (WJW)– A Toledo man was sentenced on Tuesday to six years in prison for plotting a terrorist attack. Vincent Armstrong, 24, and his girlfriend, Elizabeth Lecron, discussed using bombs and guns to kill people in Toledo’s entertainment district, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Lecron was previously sentenced to 15 years in prison. “With the sentencing of this potential mass murderer, as was the case in his co-conspirators, residents of Toledo and NW Ohio are safer. Sadly, […]
AKRON, Ohio (WJW)– An Akron man was found guilty of killing a man during a 2018 robbery. A Summit County jury convicted Christian Pittman, 24, of murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and tampering with evidence on Tuesday. Pittman and his co-defendant, Cenqunn Woods, robbed a man at the Spring Hill Apartments on June 5, 2018. The two men were confronted by the victim’s roommate, 28-year-old Diamond Smith, who had just returned home. According to the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office, Pittman […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)– Cleveland’s first pop-up Instagram museum will now be open seven days a week. Winter Wonder Cleveland, located at IngenuityLabs at The Hamilton Collaborative, runs through Jan. 17. The installation is an Instagram influencer’s dream. Winter Wonder Cleveland features 12 holiday-themed interactive exhibits for families and friends to take their own perfect photos. It takes about an hour to walk through the rooms, which include a ship, a replica of the Griswolds’ house from “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” and […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Tony-nominated musical Frozen is coming to Cleveland next year. Tickets go on sale on Feb. 20 for the five-week run at the State Theatre at Playhouse Square. They are available at the ticket office on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland, online at playhousesquare.org or at 216-241-6000. Performances of the musical, based on the 2013 Disney movie of the same name, go from July 15 to Aug. 16. Last year, Frozen was nominated for three Tony Awards, including […]
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– The accolades keep coming for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Defensive end Chase Young and quarterback Justin Fields are finalists for the 2019 Heisman Trophy. They join LSU quarterback and Ohio native Joe Burrow, and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts. Young, despite a two-game suspension for an NCAA violation, recorded six forced fumbles and 16.5 sacks, breaking OSU’s single-season record. A defensive player has not won the Heisman since cornerback Charles Woodson in 1997. Fields ranks third among quarterbacks […]
BEDFORD, Ohio (WJW)– A man was indicted in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy who drowned in Tinker’s Creek more than two years ago. Daniel Baldwin, 43, is charged on one count of involuntary manslaughter and six counts of endangering children. His arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 19. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said Baldwin took his two sons and four other children, including Jalen Wise, to Tinker’s Creek near Willis Park on July 1, 2017. Jalen went […]
AKRON, Ohio (WJW)– The electricity will stay on at Chapel Hill Mall in Akron. A FirstEnergy spokesman said it received payment and the discontinued service notice was canceled. Last week, tenants at the mall received shutoff notices, warning they had five days to pay. JCPenney is the only remaining anchor store at Chapel Hill Mall, which has a number of other empty storefronts. **Watch a past report in the video, above**
CLEVELAND (WJW)– Whether you’re a huge fan of Christmas or need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, Cleveland and its surrounding cities have plenty of festive activities perfect for the whole family. (Check websites for additional information. Dates, times and prices may change. Items listed by start date.) Castle Noel 260 S. Court St., Medina Check the website for dates and times. Tickets are $21. Children 3 and under are free. Castle Noel is America’s largest year-round, indoor […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)– It’s time to gather your friends, put on your ugly Christmas sweater and escape the chaos of holiday shopping. Pop-up bars: That Christmas Bar 2234 West Tuscarawas St., Canton Nov. 22 to Dec. 28. Hours vary. This rotating pop-up bar changes themes with the season. But we promise, the halls are decked and the drinks are decadent. The Christmas Corner Bar Around the Corner, 18616 Detroit Ave., Lakewood Nov. 22 to Dec. 31. Hours vary by day. Part […]
CLEVELAND (WJW)– Tree lighting ceremonies and parades to welcome the holiday season! WinterBlast Lock 3, Akron Nov. 29 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tree lighting and fireworks at 7:30 p.m. with an appearance by Santa and his reindeer. Plus, there’s the ice skating rink! Lorain Winterfest Veterans Park, Lorain Nov. 30 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ice carving, parade with Santa and fireworks at 6 p.m. Welcome Akron Holiday Parade West Bowery Street, Akron Nov. 30 at 10 […]