OSBA Media Honor Roll

Announcing members of the 2020 OSBA Media Honor Roll

OSBA thanks the many districts that took part in the 2020 Media Honor Roll program. Winners are listed below and in the December OSBA Journal magazine.

Personalized certificates and a copy of the December 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 2020 OSBA Media Honor Roll, followed by their news outlets and the school districts that nominated them.

Katy Andersen, WHIO-TV, Springboro Community City

Russ Axon, Point & Shoreland Journal, Washington Local (Lucas)

Kirsten Barnhart, Times Bulletin Media, Lincolnview Local (Van Wert) 

Kirsten Barnhart, Times Bulletin Media, Vantage Career Center

Glenn Battishill, The Delaware Gazette, Delaware City

Mike Bechtol, WTNS Radio, Coshocton City

Brad Bournival, Akron Beacon Journal, Medina City

Mike Brookbank, WEWS-TV, Berea City

Phillip Buffington, The Telegram, Jackson City

Daniel Carson, Fremont News Messenger, Fremont City

Andrew Carter, Marion Star, Marion City

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

Todd Compston, The Telegram, Jackson City

Paul Comstock, ThisWeek Community News, Delaware City

Bob Coupland, Tribune Chronicle, Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities

George Davis, Akron Beacon Journal and Canton Repository, Green Local (Summit)

Dale Depew, Seneca News Daily, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers

Nate Dunham, Peak of Ohio, Riverside Local (Logan)

Nate Ellis, ThisWeek Community News, Pickerington Local (Fairfield)

Jane Ernsberger, Willard Times-Junction, Willard City

Chad Felton, The News-Herald, Auburn Career Center

Tom Fullen, BAS Broadcasting/WFRO Radio, Fremont City

Julianna Furfari, WTOV-TV, Toronto City

Nancy Gagnet, The Mirror Newspapers, Maumee City

Ross Gallabrese, Herald-Star, Jefferson County ESC

Geauga County Maple Leaf, Auburn Career Center

Eric Gerhardt, WKRC-TV, Lockland Local (Hamilton)

Jeff Harrison, The Journal Leader, Noble Local (Noble)

Sarah Hawley, The Daily Sentinel, Meigs Local (Meigs)

Leonard Hayhurst, Coshocton Tribune, Coshocton City

Ray Horner, Rubber City Radio Group/WAKR Radio, Green Local (Summit)

Tara Jabour, WTOV-TV, Toronto City

Caylee Kirby, WTOL-TV, Maumee City

Kyle Knight, BAS Broadcasting/WFRO Radio, Fremont City

Marla Kuhlman, ThisWeek Community News, Westerville City

Stephanie Kuzydym, WKRC-TV, Lockland Local (Hamilton)

Lake County Tribune, Auburn Career Center

Tony Lange, Chagrin Valley Times, Kenston Local (Geauga)

Scott Lendak, Morning Journal, East Palestine City

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

Mandy Loehr, Bellefontaine Examiner, Riverside Local (Logan)

Megan Malone, The Telegram, Jackson City

Megan Malone, The Telegram, Wellston City

Tim McCoy, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Jefferson County ESC

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

Tim McDonough, The Crescent-News, Ayersville Local (Defiance)

Tim McDonough, The Crescent-News, Defiance City

Andrea Medina, WXIX-TV Fox 19, Princeton City

Katelynn Mejia, OrrViews, Wayne County Schools Career Center

Brett Milam, The Clermont Sun, Goshen Local (Clermont)

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

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

Carolynn Mostyn, The Suburbanite, Springfield Local (Summit)

Alissa Widman Neese, The Columbus Dispatch, Pickerington Local (Fairfield)

Jim Otte, WHIO-TV/Cox Media Group, Montgomery County ESC

Melissa Patrick, WKLM Radio, West Holmes Local (Holmes)

Ryan Piper, Union County Daily Digital, Marysville EV

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

Eric Poston, South Side Leader, Green Local (Summit)

Eric Poston, South Side Leader, Manchester Local (Summit)

Dan Robinson, Kenton Times, Hardin Northern Local (Hardin)

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

Warren Scott, Herald-Star, Toronto City

Josie Sellers, The Coshocton County Beacon, Coshocton City

Jeremiah Shaver, The Courier, Jackson City

Jeremiah Shaver, The Courier, Wellston City

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

Craig Shoup, Fremont News Messenger, Fremont City

Don Sloan, WTOV-TV, Jefferson County ESC

Sarah Sole, ThisWeek Community News, New Albany-Plain Local (Franklin)

Nancy Spencer, Delphos Herald, Ottoville Local (Putnam)

Neal Spencer, Fort Recovery Radio, Fort Recovery Local (Mercer)

Carl Sullenberger, GLW Broadband, Midview Local (Lorain)

Alex Taylor, WTOV-TV, Toronto City

Red Thompson, The Telegram, Jackson City

Red Thompson, The Telegram, Vinton County Local (Vinton)

Lindsay Titus, Union County Daily Digital, Marysville EV

Helen Tracey-Noren, WCPO-TV, Springboro Community City

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

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

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

Scott Truxell, The Van Wert Independent, Vantage Career Center

Steve Vesey, WFMJ-TV, Mahoning County ESC

John Wasylko, The BEAT, Brunswick City

Pete Wilson, The Telegram, Jackson City

Pete Wilson, The Telegram, Wellston City

Laina Yost, The Chronicle-Telegram, Midview Local (Lorain)