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Jenna Lawson

All-Media Journalist

Boy, is it good to be home!  I grew up right in the middle of WHIO's coverage area – Springfield, OH! And yes, I'm a big fan of all things 'Springfield,' including Schuler's and the Clark County Fair.  A career in journalism never really was a serious thought for me until I was about to graduate from high school. I swear, you just have epiphanies that come to you sometimes, and that's the only way I can explain why I got into this line of work – but I'm happier for it!  I graduated from Southeastern High School (Go Trojans!) in South Charleston with a close family of 48 students. From there, I did a complete 360 size-wise and went on to attend THE Ohio State University in Columbus to study Public Affairs Journalism and Criminology, which was one of the best experiences of my life. Anybody remember the 2016 OSU/Michigan game? I cried after Curtis Samuel scored the winning touchdown, and that's when you know you're truly a Buckeye.  During my time at OSU, I spent a lot of time at The Lantern, OSU's student media group, writing articles, making TV packages and creating some incredible memories. I also interned at WBNS-10TV, which was great exposure to how to make a name for yourself in a big market.  After graduating summa cum laude with over 11,000 of my best friends on the planet, I got my first journalism job at Cox Media Group in Dayton in the Digital Department where I managed websites and social media pages for multiple Cox brands. I learned a lot about incorporating social media and digital storytelling, which has only helped me for the job I have now.  Drumroll…  With that said, I'm SO glad to be back home, working as an All-Media Journalist at WHIO's Springfield Bureau. What's that mean? Well, I write, shoot, edit and appear on-air for WHIO-TV, write articles for Springfield News-Sun and contribute content online and for WHIO-Radio.  Working in the place I grew up is an absolute blessing, and I can't wait to tell your stories, Clark and Champaign counties! Let's do this thing.    Q&A  Where were you born?  Springfield, OH  Where did you grow up?    Springfield, OH  What was your favorite TV show then?  Power Puff Girls and anything involving princesses, then high school came around and there was One Tree Hill with Chad Michael Murray (swoon).  How might someone have described you in high school?  Smart and fun to be around  What was your first job?  Serving up ice cream at The Polar Bar in South Charleston. I still can't stay away from those coney dogs…  What was your first job in television?  Here we are! All Media-Journalist at WHIO-TV  What do you like about your job?  I'm never at my desk all day. I'm out meeting new people and allowing myself to be creative in every daily task. Plus, it's cool to walk away with something concrete at the end of the work day.  What do you not like about your job?  We deal with a lot of difficult situations, so it's hard to watch other people go through grief and pain. But their insight is important, and their voice should be heard – which is why we do what we do.  What might people be surprised to know about you?   I won my school spelling bee in fifth grade on the word, 'bacciferous' and it is still one of the proudest moments of my entire life.  What is the hardest thing you ever did?  As I've gotten older, I've had to say goodbye to a lot of my closest friends as they moved away to start their lives. I hate not living 10 minutes away from some of the people I call my family, but that means lots of road trips!  What would be a perfect day for you?  I'd wake up and get a work out in, lay by the pool, get some sun and end the day with some drinks around a bonfire (the kind where you wear shorts and a hoodie) surrounded by some of my best friends.  What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?  Make sure you're always asking questions from a reader or viewer's perspective. What does the family on the couch at 5 p.m. want to know from your story? Don't forget who you're working for!    Also, REAL PEOPLE ARE EVERYTHING. They add life to the story and bring a human element that's critical to a good story.  If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career, what would be on it?  Easy – first, I'd use a story I did in college. Brutus Buckeye visited newborn babies in the OSU Wexner Medical Center's NICU for his 50th birthday. It really put into perspective how much impact that a cultural icon like Brutus has on the greater community.   If I still had room, I'd put a story I did when I first started for WHIO about Jaxon Menda, a Springfield four-year-old who suffers from a rare disease. He's only likely to live into his twenties, but his family was so positive and uplifting. We take so much for granted. And like I said earlier, real people are everything.  FAVORITES  Favorite book:   A Mother's Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold  Favorite CBS Show:  Big Brother  Favorite food:   Spaghetti  Favorite hobby:  Trying new things – restaurants, activities, places  Favorite Miami Valley place:  Yellow Springs  Favorite movie:  Holes with Shia LaBeouf  Favorite music:  Country, the music for all possible emotions  Favorite travel destination:  ANYWHERE ON A BEACH! Sunshine and sand -- I’m always in.   

Latest from Jenna Lawson

OSP investigating fault in Wednesday crash involving Springfield police cruiser
 Officials are still investigating what led to a Wednesday morning crash in downtown Springfield involving a Springfield Police Division cruiser. Lt. Brian Aller, Springfield Post Commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the collision involved the cruiser and a pick-up truck at the intersection of Main Street and Fountain Ave. He identified...

Posted: 11 hours ago

Officials are still investigating what led to a Wednesday morning crash in downtown Springfield involving a Springfield Police Division cruiser. Lt. Brian Aller, Springfield Post Commander of the Ohio State Highway Patrol said the collision involved the cruiser and a pick-up truck at the intersection of Main Street and Fountain Ave. He identified...
Victim identified in deadly Springfield fire
 The Clark County Coroner has officially identified the victim of the fire on Dover Road last month as 68-year-old Andrew Asebrook. Officials suspected after the fire that the victim could’ve been the homeowner, but couldn’t say definitely.  The fire started around 2 a.m. Aug. 30. When crews arrived, the house was already...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The Clark County Coroner has officially identified the victim of the fire on Dover Road last month as 68-year-old Andrew Asebrook. Officials suspected after the fire that the victim could’ve been the homeowner, but couldn’t say definitely.  The fire started around 2 a.m. Aug. 30. When crews arrived, the house was already...
UPDATE: Coroner names victim in Springfield fire
 The Clark County Coroner has officially identified the victim of the fire on Dover Road last month as 68-year-old Andrew Asebrook. Officials suspected after the fire that the victim could’ve been the homeowner, but couldn’t say definitely. The fire started around 2 a.m. on Aug. 30. When crews arrived on the scene, the fire was...

Posted: 21 hours ago

The Clark County Coroner has officially identified the victim of the fire on Dover Road last month as 68-year-old Andrew Asebrook. Officials suspected after the fire that the victim could’ve been the homeowner, but couldn’t say definitely. The fire started around 2 a.m. on Aug. 30. When crews arrived on the scene, the fire was...
Springfield records 12th homicide of 2018, matches 2017 total
 The city of Springfield has officially matched the number of homicides from 2017 — 11 incidents with 12 victims — following the fatal shooting of a man at an apartment complex Sunday morning, according to information from police. The city’s 12th homicide victim was identified as 23-year-old Antonio Moore of Springfield....

Posted: 2 days ago

The city of Springfield has officially matched the number of homicides from 2017 — 11 incidents with 12 victims — following the fatal shooting of a man at an apartment complex Sunday morning, according to information from police. The city’s 12th homicide victim was identified as 23-year-old Antonio Moore of Springfield....
Teen accused in Clark County store break-in set to return to court
 A 17-year-old boy is scheduled to return to court Wednesday, Sept. 19, for his alleged role in a break-in at Buck Creek Carry Out this week. The teen was arraigned in Clark County Juvenile Court on Tuesday and a denial was entered for him. A not guilty plea was also entered for Jerome Wood Jr., 28 of Springfield earlier this week in Clark...

Posted: 5 days ago

A 17-year-old boy is scheduled to return to court Wednesday, Sept. 19, for his alleged role in a break-in at Buck Creek Carry Out this week. The teen was arraigned in Clark County Juvenile Court on Tuesday and a denial was entered for him. A not guilty plea was also entered for Jerome Wood Jr., 28 of Springfield earlier this week in Clark...
Springfield man accused of cutting woman with machete
 A Springfield man is accused of attacking his girlfriend with a machete. Jesse Stillgess, 31, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with felonious assault and domestic violence. Stillgess pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $27,000. Springfield Police started their investigation when they were called to a home where a woman said...

Posted: 5 days ago

A Springfield man is accused of attacking his girlfriend with a machete. Jesse Stillgess, 31, is charged in Clark County Municipal Court with felonious assault and domestic violence. Stillgess pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $27,000. Springfield Police started their investigation when they were called to a home where a woman said...
Suspects foiled plans to steal from Clark County store caught on video
 A store owner taking extra precaution — resulted in weapons kept out of the hands of suspected thieves during a break-in. Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Buck Creek Carry Out around 1:20 a.m. on Tuesday on report of a break-in. According to a court affidavit, the responding deputy found two rocks that...

Posted: 7 days ago

A store owner taking extra precaution — resulted in weapons kept out of the hands of suspected thieves during a break-in. Clark County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to Buck Creek Carry Out around 1:20 a.m. on Tuesday on report of a break-in. According to a court affidavit, the responding deputy found two rocks that...
2 arrested in foiled Enon pharmacy robbery could be tied to others
 Two men charged in a would-be Enon Rite Aid robbery are also being investigated in connection with a string of other Rite Aid robberies in the area. James P. Taylor, 21, of Dayton, pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstructing official business in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Dasean Whitehead, 19, of Cincinnati pleaded not guilty...

Posted: 9 days ago

Two men charged in a would-be Enon Rite Aid robbery are also being investigated in connection with a string of other Rite Aid robberies in the area. James P. Taylor, 21, of Dayton, pleaded not guilty to a charge of obstructing official business in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday. Dasean Whitehead, 19, of Cincinnati pleaded not guilty...
2 arrests in Springfield gun shop break-in 
 An adult and teen were arrested after they were accused of breaking into Buck Creek Carry Out in Springfield overnight. Jerome Wood Jr., 28, pleaded not guilty to a breaking and entering charge and also has two assault charges pending.  A 17-year-old also is being held in juvenile detention. Owner, Sharon Eldridge, says the suspects...

Posted: 9 days ago

An adult and teen were arrested after they were accused of breaking into Buck Creek Carry Out in Springfield overnight. Jerome Wood Jr., 28, pleaded not guilty to a breaking and entering charge and also has two assault charges pending.  A 17-year-old also is being held in juvenile detention. Owner, Sharon Eldridge, says the suspects...