Sports reporter Hakem Dermish

Birthplace: I was born in Libya and then moved to the United States when I was 2 years old. I grew up in Kent, Ohio.

Education: Asbury University

Current Position/Job Duties: Sports anchor/reporter

Previous Work Experience: ESPN, WRC-TV (Washington D.C.) WTVG-TV (Toledo, OH) WLUC-TV (Marquette, MI)

Joined News 5: April 2016

Email: hakem.dermish@wews.com

Twitter: @hakemdermish5

Facebook: @hakemdermishFIVE

Most Memorable Stories: Covering the 2016 Cavs as they captured Cleveland’s first championship in 52 years!

News Philosophy: Impact our viewers by building relationships in the community. My goal is to tell our viewers something they didn’t already know. Educating and entertaining our viewers makes for engaging television.

Role Model(s): I grew up in a single parent home. My mom showed me what hard work and dedication looked like. Her faith in Christ inspires me daily.

Favorite Sports Team(s): I root for the Indians, Cavs and Browns. My Uncle Chuck fueled my passion for sports taking me to my first Indians game in 1991.

Favorite Play in Sports: As a former catcher, my favorite play in sports is a strike-’em-out, throw-’em-out double play.

Something most people don't know about me: I umpired travel baseball for nine years in Ohio and considered going to professional umpire school. I was also a volunteer umpire at Cooperstown Dreams Park in Cooperstown, N.Y. in 2002. I umpired in a tournament of 64 teams from all over the country. In my entire career, I only ejected five people.

What I like best about Northeast Ohio:  The people. I love how united our community is. We rally together during the good and bad times. I’m proud to be from Northeast Ohio and proud to call it home!

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