2018 OSBA Media Honor Roll

OSBA thanks the many districts that took part in this year’s Media Honor Roll program. Winners are listed below and 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 November 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 2018 OSBA Media Honor Roll, followed by the school districts that nominated them.

Robyn Allgeyer, WMKV Radio, Lakota Local (Butler)

Jaime Anton, North Royalton Post, North Royalton City

Chris Balusik, Chillicothe Gazette, Zane Trace Local (Ross)

James Barnard, WCTV-TV, Wadsworth City

Rich Barnett, Four Cities Compact Media Communications Class, Wadsworth City

Glenn Battishill, The Delaware Gazette, Delaware City

John Benson, Sun Post Herald and cleveland.com, Olmsted Falls City

Drew Bicksler, WCTV-TV, Wadsworth City

Stan Boney, WKBN-TV Boardman Local (Mahoning)

Nancy Bowman, Dayton Daily News and Tippecanoe Gazette, Tipp City EV

Sashem Brey, WTVG-TV, Springfield Local (Lucas)

Kristian Brown, WTVG-TV, Springfield Local (Lucas)

James Buechele, Dayton Daily News, Fairborn City

Phillip Buffington, The Telegram, Jackson City; Wellston City

Emily Canning-Dean, The Post, Wadsworth City

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

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

Barbara Christian, Chagrin Valley Times, Chagrin Falls EV

Kelsey Cogan, WTOL-TV, Maumee City

Steven Collins, Circleville Herald, Circleville City

Bob Coupland, Tribune Chronicle, Champion Local (Trumbull); LaBrae Local (Trumbull); Lordstown Local (Trumbull)

Sara Davison-Tomko, Champion Times, Champion Local (Trumbull)

Robert DeFrance, Times Leader, Union Local (Belmont)

Joan Demirjian, Chagrin Valley Times, Kenston Local (Geauga)

Jenny Derringer, The Crescent-News, Defiance City

Nate Dunham, WPKO Radio, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Jane Ernsberger, Willard Times-Junction, Willard City

Cecilia Fox, Troy Daily News, Tipp City EV

Kathy Fox, Urbana Daily Citizen, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Amy Gareis, Jefferson County ESC, Indian Creek Local (Jefferson)

Paul Giannamore, Herald-Star, Jefferson County ESC

Dave Gossett, Herald-Star, Jefferson County ESC

Martin Graham, Record Herald, Miami Trace Local (Fayette)

Mary Ann Greier, Salem News, Salem City

Julie Stenger Ghrist, Herald-Star, Toronto City

Jordyn Grzelewski, The Vindicator, Boardman Local (Mahoning)

Jessica Haberley, WTOV-TV, Toronto City

Scott Halasz, Xenia Daily Gazette, Greeneview Local (Greene)

Linda Hall, The Daily Record, Triway Local (Wayne)

Brandon Hannahs, Times Recorder, Zanesville City

Nathan Havenner, The Gazette, Wadsworth City

A.J. Hecht, The Wapakoneta Daily News, Waynesfield-Goshen Local (Auglaize)

Tina Heiberg, Wadsworth Community Radio, Wadsworth City

April Helms, MyTownNEO, Stow-Munroe Falls City

Sara Hill, Royalton Recorder, North Royalton City

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

Kevin Howell, Morning Journal and Salem News, United Local (Columbiana)

Joe Jastrzemski, Wadsworth Community Radio, Wadsworth City

Karin Johnson, WLWT-TV, Lakota Local (Butler)

Gloria Pleva Kacik, Royalton Recorder, North Royalton City

Krista Kano, Chagrin Valley Times, Chagrin Falls EV

John Karlovec, Geauga County Maple Leaf,  Chagrin Falls EV

Amy Knapp, The Independent, Tuslaw Local (Stark)

Amanda Koehn, Cleveland Jewish News, Chagrin Falls EV

McKenzie Kuehnlein, WTVG-TV, Springfield Local (Lucas)

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

Shirley MacFarland, Sun Star Courier, cleveland.com, Strongsville City

John Madding, WCTV-TV, Wadsworth City

Maria Magnelli, Royalton Recorder, North Royalton City

Craig McDonald, Newark Advocate and Granville Sentinel, Granville EV

Mike McKay, WILE Radio, East Guernsey Local (Guernsey)

Alex Mikos, WTGR Radio, Ansonia Local (Darke)

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

Ann Morrison, The Post, Strongsville City

Carolynn Mostyn, The Suburbanite, Springfield Local (Summit)

Caitlin Nearhood, Sandusky Register, Huron City

Jim Otte, WHIO-TV, Fairborn City

Johanna Perrino, WCTV-TV, Wadsworth City

Mike Peticca, cleveland.com, Chagrin Falls EV

Scott Piepho, West Side Leader, Woodridge Local (Summit)

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

Carrie Robbins, Miami Valley Communications Council, Springboro Community City

Tawana Roberts, The News-Herald, Painesville City Local (Lake); Wickliffe City

Dan Robinson, Kenton Times, Upper Scioto Valley Local (Hardin)

Jonah Rosenblum, Record-Courier, Southeast Local (Portage)

Matt Sanctis, Springfield News-Sun, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Scriptype Magazine, North Royalton City

Josie Sellers, The Beacon, Coshocton County Career Center

Jeremiah Shaver, Jackson County Times-Journal, Wellston City

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

Monty Siekerman, Ada Icon, Ada EV

David Singer, WTOV-TV, Indian Creek Local (Jefferson

Jay Skebba, The Blade, Maumee City

Don Sloan, WTOV-TV, Jefferson County ESC

Jerod Smalley, WCMH-TV, Hamilton Local (Franklin)

Nate Smith, Bellefontaine Examiner, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

Raymond Smith, Tribune Chronicle, Lordstown Local (Trumbull)

Polly Steffen, Geauga News, Chagrin Falls EV

Rick Stillion, The Daily Jeffersonian, East Guernsey Local (Guernsey)

Tom Stugmyer, Wadsworth Community Radio, Wadsworth City

Dennis Suchetka, Community Focus TV, Aurora City

Ty Thaxton, Kenton Times, Ada EV

Bill Tipple, WPKO Radio, Benjamin Logan Local (Logan); Ohio Hi-Point Career Center

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

Steve Vesey, WFMJ-TV, Boardman Local (Mahoning)

Whitney Vickers, Fairborn Daily Herald, Fairborn City

WCMH-TV, Columbus City

Pete Wilson, The Telegram, Jackson City; Wellston City

Allison Wood, The Post, Medina City