Birthplace: Huntington, New York.
Education: Attended UMASS-Boston.
Current Position/Job Duties: Multimedia Journalist.
Previous Work Experience: News 12 Long Island, WITN, ABC6 Providence, KVVU FOX 5 Las Vegas, WTVC News Channel 9 Chattanooga, KAUZ NewsChannel 6 Wichita Falls, TX WHDH 7 News Boston, production assistant
Joined NewsChannel 5: Dec. 19, 2011
Most Memorable Stories: There was an elderly woman in Texas who had a giant hole in her roof. And I mean GIANT. After telling her story, several members from the community came together and fixed this woman’s home. She no longer had to stay out of her kitchen when it rained.
Awards/Honors: 2012 New York Black Journalist Award for public service, 2011 Citation from Nassau County, NY for "dedicated service to the community," 2009 AP Award and 2009 RTNDAC Award.
News Philosophy: Simple: I just like to tell good stories because everyone has one.
Role Model(s): Abraham Lincoln, John Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Patrick Dolan (News 12 Networks President) and Damien Tsika (General Manager RT 44 Hyundai).
Favorite Sports Team(s): New England Patriots, Boston Celtics, Boston Redsox.
Favorite Music: Bon Jovi, Beatles, Van Halen, Foo Fighters.
Favorite Movie: The Dark Knight
Favorite Program: Modern Family, Young Justice, The Young and the Restless, Meet the Press.
Favorite Books: Private Parts, Miss America, Knight Fall, Privileged Information, Abraham Lincoln
Favorite Foods: Soul food, Italian.
Family: Janay Harding (step-daughter) and Michael Paris Baldwin, III (deceased).
My passion: Finding cool stories to tell. Simple ones that you might not think about, like what it's like for a blind person to use an ATM machine.
Hobbies & Interests: I love politics, entertainment stories, comic books and Sci-Fi movies.
Hidden Talent(s): I'm a guitar player and I dabble with the piano. I can play Wanted Dead or Alive on the guitar. I can also play the intro to November Rain by Guns N' Roses.
Something most people don't know about me: I was a legislative fellow in Washington for former U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg of New Hampshire.
What I like best about Northeast Ohio: I know it sounds sappy, but the people here are great. When I arrived, my truck broke down and several people helped get me back on the road again.
You're most likely to see me around town at: Shaker Square. Love that place.
On the weekends I love to: I like to go to the movies and hang out with my family.
Additional Info: I had no idea I had family in Cleveland. When I got the job here, my aunt in New York informed me that I had several cousins here. They greeted me when I arrived at my apartment and helped me move in.
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