Birthplace: I was born in an Alabama town too small to mention. However, at one year old, my parents moved to Cleveland, where I was raised. We traveled by train. So by the time I was a year old, I had nearly 800 miles of railroad track beneath my belt. I guess I was a travelin’ man in diapers.
Education: Glenville High School in the Cleveland Pubic School District and Bowling Green State University, where I studied journalism as an undergraduate student and Radio/TV/Film as a graduate student. I was there for a total of six years. Eventually, I went back to Bowling Green State University as a member of the board of trustees. Appointed by the governor of Ohio, I served in that position for nine years.
Current Position/Job Duties: NewsChannel 5 Anchor/Multimedia Journalist.
Previous Work Experience: News anchor and reporter for WKYC-TV3 in Cleveland and WCMH-TV4 in Columbus. Before that, I was a reporter with WTOL-TV11, Toledo; and The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland.
Most Memorable Stories: An interview with President Obama in the White House, covering President George H. W. Bush in the White House, flying backseat with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds; covering the Persian Gulf War in 1991; interviewing James Earl Ray, convicted assassin of Dr. Martin Luther King in Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee.
Awards/Honors: Broadcasters' Hall of Fame / 5-time Emmy Award winner / Distinguished Journalist Award from the Cleveland Chapter of the Society for Professional Journalists / Ohio Associated Press Award / Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Cleveland Press Club / Bowling Green State University School of Journalism Hall of Fame, Glenville High School Hall of Fame / Honored by Cleveland Metropolitan School District / Cleveland Cavs Cleveland Pioneers Award / Dominion East Ohio “Strong Men/Strong Women” Award / Sigma Delta Chi Hall of Fame / Awards of excellence from Cleveland State University and the Radio-TV Council.
News Philosophy: “Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar.” --Edward R. Murrow, CBS NEWS
Role Models: My mother and father.
Favorite Sports Teams: Cleveland Indians, Browns, Cavs.
Favorite Music: Jazz, especially of the 1960s.
Favorite Movies: Citizen Kane, Godfather,Godfather II, Murder On The Orient Express, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Long Hot Summer, Cool Hand Luke, Hud, Shane , Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, From Here to Eternity, The Longest Day, Patton.
Favorite Programs: The Fugitive, starring David Janssen and The Twilight Zone.
Favorite Books: The Holy Bible, Hawaii.
Hobbies/Interests: Jazz, reading novels, listening to audio books.
Hidden Talent: Have written several short stories and poems, many of which have been published. Desire to be the voice of audio books.
Something Most People don't know about me: I’m a fan of Hollywood movies of the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.
What I like best about Northeast Ohio: Lake Erie and three of the four seasons.
You're most likely to see me around town: Theatrical plays, concerts.
Additional Info: Decorated military veteran of war- Leon, an Army veteran, received a Bronze Star Medal for his service in Vietnam.
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