High winds and a thunderstorm moved through the Ohio valley during the early evening on April 30, 2017. Around 4 o’clock reports started coming into the WFMJ newsroom of several stores without roofs, homes struck by trees and power out through most of Boardman.
At WFMJ I had the pleasure of meeting many artists in Youngstown and was able to report on their growing community. From the rust belt to now an art belt, Youngstown is continuing to change and come back to life. Recently artists in the Valley came together to create a thriving art community with pop-up markets, art galleries and public art around town.
Even though it did not last for more than a few months I was able to report while at WFMJ on the daily flight service return to Youngstown. The first flight from YNG to Chicago O’Hare took off returning daily flight service to Youngstown Regional Airport after 14 years. There will be 10 weekly flights with one or two flights a day. *Since this story daily flight service was canceled between YNG and Chicago*
Here’s a sample of my weather segments and reporting work from both my internships and TV2 at Kent State university during my undergrad years.
I experienced the Spirt of Goodyear blimp retiring to Florida. The blimp was Goodyear’s oldest in the country and said goodbye to Akron, Ohio when I reported for TV2, an award winning student run television station broadcasting in Portage County.
My long form story discusses the legacy of College Avenue in Kent, Ohio.
College Avenue… the once iconic street at Kent State University known to different generations has been changing significantly over the last few years but is about to undergo its biggest change. The city of Kent has bought 12 properties, at the end of College Avenue, where the street connects to downtown. The city is going to tear down the houses and build a new police station. In so doing it will dramatically change a street that use to be known for parties, students and the life of Kent State University.
My report below shows why Cleveland Heights fest was cancelled due to social media threats when I interned at WOIO Cleveland 19.