Birthplace: Chester, Pennsylvania
Education: University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Current Position/Job Duties: Anchor for Live on Five and NewsChannel5 at 11.
Previous Work Experience: Black Entertainment Television Network, WJLA-ABC7 Washington, D.C.
Joined NewsChannel5: 1998
Most Memorable Stories: HIV/Aids and its impact on African American Women in Northeast Ohio, and reporting live from New York City on the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Awards/Honors: In 2004, Danita received an Emmy for Good Morning Cleveland.
Danita received national recognition for her work in the community when she was honored by the organization Black Women in Sisterhood for Action at the "Salute to Distinguished Black Women 2006" gala in Washington D.C.
In 2010, Danita was honored to receive the prestigious “Woman of Vision” award from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women for her commitment to community service. Recognized as one of the Outstanding Women in Ministry in Cuyahoga County by the National Council of Negro Women.
Danita was recently recognized for her work by being inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Role Models: My parents.
Favorite Sports Teams: Browns, Indians and Cavs.
Favorite Music: Gospel, jazz, R&B and pop
Favorite Movie: The Color Purple.
Favorite Program: Young and the Restless.
Favorite Book: The Bible.
Favorite Foods: McDonald’s fries and banana cream cheesecake.
Family: My husband, Brad, my daughter, Kanecia and my son Chase.
Pets: Dogs Justin and Bastille.
My passion: Encouraging people to go for their dreams.
Hobbies & Interests: Going to concerts and musicals.
Hidden Talent: I make a mean SPAM sandwich.
Something most people don't know about me: I am a homebody.
What I like best about Northeast Ohio: The people
You're most likely to see me around town at: Walmart or Beachwood Place
On the weekends I love to: Spend time with my family.
Additional Info: My favorite quote is “To whom much is given, much is required.”
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