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Mansfield is the Akron/Canton news anchor for WKYC-TV3.
He joined the station, which is Gannett’s NBC affiliate
in Cleveland, as Akron/Canton reporter in May 1994.
Eric has won Cleveland Regional Emmy
Awards in 2000 for Outstanding Service Reporting and in
1994 for Outstanding Live Reporting. In 2002, he was nominated
for an Emmy for Outstanding Anchor. He also has received
honors from the Cleveland Press Club, the Ohio Associated
Press and the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
An Akron native, Eric earned a Bachelor
of Arts degree in journalism from the University of Dayton.
In 1991, he was named the Omar Williams Award winner as
the university’s top broadcasting graduate.
Eric began his broadcasting career
doing play-by-play sports announcing in college and later
anchored overnight news reports at WHIO-TV in Dayton.
In 1992, he came home to Akron as an anchor-reporter with
A recently retired major in the Ohio
National Guard, Eric spent 14 months beginning in 2003
on active duty in Iraq and Kuwait. He and his wife, Lisa,
and their three sons live in the Akron area.
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Jody Miller, freelance journalist
Jody Miller loves the Greater Akron area, and her enthusiasm and excitement really come through when she’s talking. In early 2005, after more than 12 years with Leader Publications in a variety of editorial positions, Jody purchased Bath Country Journal. She was editor and publisher until July 2008, when she sold the community magazine to another publisher. Now she is working through JMKMedia on a variety of freelance media and public relations projects.
Jody is a regular on Western Reserve Public Media’s NewsNight Akron and NewsMaker Akron, and she has hosted a variety of locally produced special broadcasts. Her 2002 Western Reserve PBS documentary Main Street America was released for national broadcast. Off camera, Miller has written the vignettes for Kindergarten Readiness, a collaboration among Western Reserve Public Media and Summit County governmental and community groups, as well as the scripts for broadcast productions related to Akron Symphony Orchestra’s Gospel Meets Symphony.
Most recently, she has worked on Western Reserve Public Media’s Generations: Cuyahoga Valley National Park project, doing research, conducting oral histories and interviewing principal participants for the production.
Jody continues to retain her interest in Summit County community and political events.
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Rubber City Radio Group (WAKR/WONE/WQMX)
Esposito has received a number of journalism awards for
his work throughout his career. He is presently news director
of Rubber City Radio Group in Akron and is also the news
anchor on WQMX’s Country Club morning show. Prior
radio broadcast experience includes stations throughout
Cleveland, Cincinnati and West Virginia.
Ed is a graduate of Kent State University
and lives in Sagamore Hills.
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Hoffman, Akron Beacon Journal
Hoffman was named an editorial writer for the Akron
Beacon Journal in September 2001. He writes a weekly
column of political analysis and contributes to the paper’s
unsigned editorials and endorsements. Steve spent ten
years as politics writer, covering national, state and
local elections, including six national political conventions
and statewide campaigns for president, the U.S. Senate
and governor. He has been with the Beacon Journal
for 25 years and held a variety of newsroom reporting
and editing assignments and has won national, statewide
and local news awards, including Ohio SPJ awards, Associated
Press of Ohio awards and Akron Press Club awards. Steve
has freelanced for the New York Times
and Time, Newsweek and Business
Week magazines. He is a guest lecturer on the media
and politics at Kent State University and The University
Steve is a graduate of Trinity College in
Hartford, Conn. and has a master's degree in journalism
from The University of Michigan. He came to Akron from
the Boulder (Colo.) Daily Camera. He and his wife, Mary
Jo, have three children and live in Copley Township.
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Jastzremski, The Rubber City Radio Group (WAKR/WONE/WQMX)
is a reporter with The Rubber City Radio Group (WAKR/WONE/WQMK).
He has been in radio news since 1977, at stations in Willoughby,
Cleveland and Akron. His work has garnered awards from
the Ohio Associated Press, the Cleveland Press Club and
the Greater Cleveland Radio TV Council for investigative
reporting and coverage of court trials. Some of his beats
have included the Indians, Browns and Cavs but, also City
Hall, the School Board and the Courthouse. In Akron, some
folks may recognize his as one of the public address voices
of Canal Park during the Aeros baseball season. Joe lives
in North Royalton.
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States, The Rubber City Radio Group (WAKR/WONE/WQMX)
States has been in radio news since 1972 and has worked
at stations in both Akron and Canton. A graduate of The
University of Akron with a degree in mass media communications,
his radio career includes eight years at WHLO/Akron and
the last 21 years at WAKR/Akron. He was news director
at WAKR-AM for 13 years while also serving as news director
and reporter for WAKR TV-23 from 1983 to 1987.
Larry has covered Presidents Jimmy Carter,
George Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in their
northeast Ohio appearances. His career also includes time
as a sports reporter and play-by-play announcer. One of
his favorite memories from covering sports is his interview
with Muhammed Ali before his heavyweight fight at the
Larry resides in Akron.
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