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
  • Special summer experience lets Cleveland students play out their passion on stage

    While most kids go to summer camp, some local boys and girls are getting a different summer experience. Five days a week, seven hours a day, inner city students are taken out of their normal environment so they can express themselves on stage. FOX 8’s Wayne Dawson got to meet some of them, and see their passion for the craft. Watch the video, above, for more. The summer arts initiative is funded by a variety of sources including grants from […]

  • Two teens beat the odds to graduate from St. Edward’s with full college scholarships

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio – Daylan Jerigan and Teon Smith are both headed to major colleges on full academic scholarships. That didn’t always seem possible. The two star athletes on St. Edward High School’s state championship football team started out in a very different place. FOX 8’s Wayne Dawson looks at how mentors and motivation navigated both men to a better life. Watch the story in the video above.

  • Black History Month: A look at how Cleveland has made history

    During this month-long celebration of Black History, we’re bringing you the contributions of Northeast Ohioans. Wayne Dawson takes a look at the political progress made by African-Americans in our area, through the eyes of a man who lived it. Watch his report in the video, above; read more, here.

  • Browns’ Denzel Ward talks about draft night, honoring late father

    CLEVELAND– Draft night was a dream come true for Denzel Ward, the Nordonia High School star and All-Big Ten phenom at Ohio State. The Cleveland Browns selected the defensive back with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. “It was just crazy because, to grow up here in Cleveland and Ohio State, and get drafted by my hometown. It was a great feeling and I’m glad my family was there to spend that time with me,” Denzel Ward […]

  • Nina Simone: Career of a genuine musical powerhouse coming back to life

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — One of the divas of the 20th century, Nina Simone, was a genuine musical powerhouse. She defined a generation and defied classification long before she became a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Our Wayne Dawson has more above on her soulful, untamed career that’s coming to life on stage. For more on this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, click here. For more on the induction ceremony, click here. 

  • 50 years later: Witnesses remember the day Martin Luther King Jr was killed

    MEMPHIS- 50 years ago today, a shot was fired, killing Doctor Martin Luther King JR. Now, a half-century later, FOX 8’s Wayne Dawson traveled to Memphis, Tennessee to tour the scene of the crime and talk to witnesses who were there on that dark April day.  

  • Inside the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis as we celebrate Black History Month

    February is Black History Month and as we begin our celebration we look back on the fight for equality in this nation. FOX 8’s Wayne Dawson recently traveled to Memphis with a prominent local pastor to tour the National Civil Rights Museum. It was a trip down a defining part of American history. **See a list of Black History Month events and celebrations, here**

  • Celebrating Black History Month through the words, writing of Northeast Ohio students

    It’s a dream deeply rooted in the American dream and one that carries on today. FOX 8 is proud and honored to celebrate Black History Month in a very special way: through the words and writing of students in Northeast Ohio. **Watch the video, above, for more* **See a list of Black History Month events and celebrations, here**

  • Martin Luther King Jr. remembered: Tour of National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis

    MEMPHIS — The nation celebrates what would have been the 89th birthday of the man called The Dreamer. Dr. Martin Luther King Junior has strong Cleveland connections, including with one local pastor. FOX 8 News anchor Wayne Dawson traveled to Memphis with that pastor. They take us to the motel where King was gunned down nearly 50 years ago. See a list of events to remember Dr. King, here.

  • Wayne Dawson talks with Jesse Jackson about MLK, the future and President Trump

    CLEVELAND — Monday is the official day celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At Greater Abyssinia Baptist Church, Rev. Jesse Jackson was part of an early celebration on Friday. Our own Wayne Dawson sat down with him, to talk about his memories of the day Dr. King was assassinated, the future of our country, and President Donald Trump. Watch the full interview, above this story. **Martin Luther King Jr. Day events: Day of service, concerts and free […]

  • Meet the inspirational 11-year-old boy born with life-threatening genetic-condition

    CLEVELAND- An extraordinary 11-year-old boy has been through more in his young life, than most of us will ever endure in a lifetime. Zeke Hambree was born with a rare life-threatening genetic condition. He is paralyzed from the waist down, but that hasn’t dampened his joy for living. Wayne Dawson introduces us to Zeke in the video above and shows us why he is truly Wayne’s hero.

  • Cleveland mayoral candidate: Robert Kilo

    Robert Kilo is the former state director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in Ohio. Kilo, who ran for Cleveland mayor eight years ago, said his volunteers have knocked on 13,000 doors as part of his grassroots campaign. “I’m listening a lot more than I’m talking, and I think that’s key. I really believe that effective servant leadership requires individuals to listen,” he said. “I believe it’s really the time for a new generation of leadership to emerge. I’ve said […]

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