Announcing members of the 2021 OSBA Media Honor Roll

OSBA thanks the many districts that took part in the 2021 Media Honor Roll program. Winners are listed below and their names also will appear in the October OSBA Journal magazine.

Personalized certificates and a copy of the October Journal are being mailed to school districts to enable school boards to present them to winners at a future board meeting. OSBA also has prepared a sample board resolution and a sample news release to help you recognize your honorees. Click on the links on the right side of this page to download the resolution and news release.

The purpose of the OSBA Media Honor Roll is to recognize journalists and news outlets that provide fair and accurate coverage of public schools. Participation in the program helps school districts create and maintain positive working relationships with their local news media. Those relationships help ensure fair, balanced reporting along with continuing community support.

The OSBA Media Honor Roll recognizes media representatives in print, radio and television. Winners are chosen because they:
• work to get to know the superintendent, board president and district communication director as well as the district’s mission and goals;
• report school news in a fair, accurate and balanced manner;

• give a high profile to positive news about schools;
• visit schools;
• maintain a policy of “no surprises” by always giving school officials the opportunity to comment on information to be aired or published.

Districts were invited to select as many journalists that they felt were deserving of this statewide honor. Below are the members of the 2021 OSBA Media Honor Roll, followed by their news outlets and the school districts that nominated them.

Cassy Arsenault, WKRC-TV, Springboro Community City

Alen Ashworth, Akron Beacon Journal, Springfield Local (Summit)

John Benson, Sun News/Cleveland.com, Fairview Park City

Phillip Buffington, The Telegram News, Jackson City and Wellston City

Ryan Carter, Record Herald, Miami Trace Local (Fayette)

Joe Centers, Norwalk Reflector, Monroeville Local (Huron)

Emily Chesnic, South Side News Leader, Springfield Local (Summit)

Todd Compston, The Telegram News, Jackson City

Bob Coupland, Tribune Chronicle, Howland Local (Trumbull)

Jane Ernsberger, Willard Times-Junction, Willard City

Danielle Garber, Morning Journal, Columbiana EV

Amy Gareis, Herald-Star, Jefferson County JVSD

Martin Graham, Record Herald, Washington Court House City

Chuck Guglielmo, Conneaut, Ohio, Cable Access Television, Conneaut Area City

Chris Hoppes, Record Herald, Miami Trace Local (Fayette)

Gary Huffenberger, News Journal, Great Oaks Career Campuses

Jeremy Kelley, Dayton Daily News, Trotwood-Madison City

Dianne Koch, WTNS Radio, Coshocton City

Jim Kulko, GreatWave Communications, Conneaut Area City

Maria Lindsay, South Side News Leader, Springfield Local (Summit)

Mandy Loehr, Bellefontaine Examiner, Riverside Local (Logan)

Evelyn Long, Morrow County Sentinel, Cardington-Lincoln Local (Morrow)

Christina McCune, The Dalton Gazette, Wayne County Schools Career Center

Tim McDonough, The Crescent-News, Defiance City

Katelynn Mejia, OrrViews, Wayne County Schools Career Center

Tom Millhouse, The Daily Standard, Marion Local (Mercer)

Sherry Missler, Van Wert Times Bulletin, Crestview Local (Van Wert) and Lincolnview Local (Van Wert)

Robert Morehead, The Barberton Herald, Barberton City

David Mosier, The Van Wert Independent, Lincolnview Local (Van Wert)

Carolynn Mostyn, The Suburbanite, Springfield Local (Summit)

Julie O’Neill, WCPO-TV, Princeton City

Robin Pennell, Van Wert Times Bulletin, Lincolnview Local (Van Wert)

Joe Pinchot, News on the Green, Brookfield Local (Trumbull)

Mike Plant, The Bargain Hunter and The Wooster Weekly News, Wayne County Schools Career Center

Eric Poston, West Side Leader, Woodridge Local (Summit)

Valerie Royzman, The Daily Record, Wayne County Schools Career Center

Jeremiah Shaver, The Courier, Jackson City and Wellston City

Sherryl Sheets, The Richwood Gazette, North Union Local (Union)

Nancy Spencer, The Delphos Herald, Ottoville Local (Putnam)

Caroline Sweeney, WEWS-TV, East Cleveland City

Jacob Thompson, WKBN-TV Columbiana EV

Red Thompson, The Telegram News, Jackson City

Michael B. Trogdon, The Post, Wayne County Schools Career Center

Scott Truxell, The Van Wert Independent, Crestview Local (Van Wert) and Lincolnview Local (Van Wert)

Jordan Vandenberge, Cleveland News 5-WEWS, East Cleveland City

Steve Vesey, WFMJ, Mahoning County ESC

Jonathan Walsh, Cleveland News 5-WEWS, East Cleveland City

Stefanie Wessell, Gazette Newspapers, Jefferson Area Local (Ashtabula)

Pete Wilson, The Telegram News, Jackson City and Wellston City

Jennifer Woods, Record Herald, Miami Trace Local (Fayette)