Akron/Canton reporter Bob Jones

Email: bjones@news5.com

Twitter: @Bjoneschannel5

Birthplace: Euclid, Ohio.

Education: Euclid High School, Bowling Green State University.

Current Position/Job Duties: Akron bureau reporter.

Previous Work Experience: Worked at WTOL-TV in Toledo from 1993 to 2006.

Joined News 5: October 2006

Most Memorable Stories: Followed a runaway train without a conductor on board for 80 miles. The story became the basis for the movie Unstoppable. Covered the funeral of a Marine who disappeared in Vietnam in 1966, but his remains were not recovered until 2009. The funeral in Rittman was one of the most moving moments of my life.

Awards/Honors: Named "Best Enterprising Reporter" by the Ohio Associated Press.

News Philosophy: Treat others with dignity and respect. Writing is easy when you let the people tell their stories.

Role Model(s): My parents.

Favorite Sports Team(s): Die-hard Indians, Browns, Cavs and Buckeyes fan. Went to the Bucks National Championship game against Miami in 2003— one of the best nights of my life.

Favorite Music: Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson and Rusted Root.

Favorite Movie: Scent of a Woman.

Favorite Program: Modern Family.

Favorite Book: Tuesdays with Morrie.

Favorite Foods: Almost anything Italian.

Family: Wife and two children.

My passion: Family first and story-telling.

Hobbies & Interests: Running. I belong to a roadrunner’s club and I run several races a year. Also, enjoy volleyball and golf.

Hidden Talent(s): I don’t know. I can’t find them because the talents are hidden so well.

Something most people don't know about me: I’m not nearly as serious as people expect when they recognize me as a news reporter. I qualified for the Boston Marathon this year.

What I like best about Northeast Ohio: The passion for Cleveland sports teams. After what we’ve been though since 1964, I have no doubt which city has the most loyal fan base.

You're most likely to see me around town at: All around the Akron area covering news or running along Northeast Ohio streets, trails or parks.

On the weekends I love to: Spend quality time with my wife of 10 years and our two children.

Additional Info: I’m always looking for unique and untold stories in the Akron/Canton area. Send me an e-mail with any ideas you have.

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