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

Graham Local moving toward fourth levy attempt
 The Graham Local School District’s Board of Education is taking the steps toward putting another income tax levy in front of voters as soon as this spring. At a recent meeting, the board passed two resolutions as part of the first step of getting that issue on a ballot. Voters have previously turned down three consecutive levy attempts...

Posted: 11 hours ago

The Graham Local School District’s Board of Education is taking the steps toward putting another income tax levy in front of voters as soon as this spring. At a recent meeting, the board passed two resolutions as part of the first step of getting that issue on a ballot. Voters have previously turned down three consecutive levy attempts...
Clark County survives first snow storm of year, prepares for next
 Clark County residents are wiping their brows after making it through the first snow storm of the year, but they’re also looking ahead to what could be coming next. Clark County Engineer Johnathan Burr said around 300 miles of county roads were plowed over the weekend without a major hitch. He credited the county’s preparedness...

Posted: a day ago

Clark County residents are wiping their brows after making it through the first snow storm of the year, but they’re also looking ahead to what could be coming next. Clark County Engineer Johnathan Burr said around 300 miles of county roads were plowed over the weekend without a major hitch. He credited the county’s preparedness...
Problem Springfield property covered with junk will be cleaned
 After months of complaints to local officials, a problem property in one Springfield neighborhood may finally be close to getting the cleanup neighbors have been wanting. People who live around 1803 Prospect St. call the property a junkyard in the middle of their neighborhood. “It’s been going on for months,” said Doug McConehea...

Posted: 2 days ago

After months of complaints to local officials, a problem property in one Springfield neighborhood may finally be close to getting the cleanup neighbors have been wanting. People who live around 1803 Prospect St. call the property a junkyard in the middle of their neighborhood. “It’s been going on for months,” said Doug McConehea...
Clark County Dog Shelter starts adopting dogs out again
 The Clark County Dog Shelter started conducting adoptions again Friday after taking a 2-week hiatus due to an outbreak of a deadly canine virus. Clark County Dog Warden Sandi Click said the outbreak of parvovirus prompted officials to stop adopting dogs out because the disease is very contagious. Springfield veterinarians predicted about...

Posted: 3 days ago

The Clark County Dog Shelter started conducting adoptions again Friday after taking a 2-week hiatus due to an outbreak of a deadly canine virus. Clark County Dog Warden Sandi Click said the outbreak of parvovirus prompted officials to stop adopting dogs out because the disease is very contagious. Springfield veterinarians predicted about...
Urbana man accused of child sex crimes given more freedom on bond
 The Urbana man accused of child sex crimes against three victims was given more freedom by the court at a recent hearing. According to court documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun, Jeffrey McClain was granted permission to travel to and from various locations in Urbana and to attend an out-of-state flight instructor seminar later...

Posted: 4 days ago

The Urbana man accused of child sex crimes against three victims was given more freedom by the court at a recent hearing. According to court documents obtained by the Springfield News-Sun, Jeffrey McClain was granted permission to travel to and from various locations in Urbana and to attend an out-of-state flight instructor seminar later...
Clark County man sentenced in shooting of motorist
 The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office said it was because of a victim’s mercy that Ernest McRobie won’t be heading to prison. The 56-year-old Clark County man was sentenced on Wednesday morning for shooting someone who pulled in his driveway to find their cell phone.  Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Driscoll...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office said it was because of a victim’s mercy that Ernest McRobie won’t be heading to prison. The 56-year-old Clark County man was sentenced on Wednesday morning for shooting someone who pulled in his driveway to find their cell phone.  Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Driscoll...
Man who shot motorist in driveway avoids prison time
 The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office said it was because of a victim’s mercy that Ernest McRobie won’t be heading to prison. The 56-year-old Clark County man was sentenced on Wednesday morning for shooting a motorist who pulled in his driveway to look for his cellphone. Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Driscoll said...

Posted: 6 days ago

The Clark County Prosecutor’s Office said it was because of a victim’s mercy that Ernest McRobie won’t be heading to prison. The 56-year-old Clark County man was sentenced on Wednesday morning for shooting a motorist who pulled in his driveway to look for his cellphone. Clark County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Driscoll said...
Springfield man charged with fleeing officers with child in vehicle
 Police say while a Springfield man fled from officers, he ran a red light, stop signs and almost caused several accidents — all with a child in the back seat. Not guilty pleas were entered for 24-year-old Tyrone Stevens in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning for charges relating to a pursuit in November. WATCH: Domino&rsquo...

Posted: 7 days ago

Police say while a Springfield man fled from officers, he ran a red light, stop signs and almost caused several accidents — all with a child in the back seat. Not guilty pleas were entered for 24-year-old Tyrone Stevens in Clark County Municipal Court on Tuesday morning for charges relating to a pursuit in November. WATCH: Domino&rsquo...
New details released about DMT drug lab bust in Springfield
 The Clark County Sheriff’s Office revealed new details about what was found inside a Springfield apartment during a drug lab bust last week. Major Christopher Clark with the sheriff’s office said what investigators originally thought might have been a meth lab — was actually a Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) lab. “It&rsquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office revealed new details about what was found inside a Springfield apartment during a drug lab bust last week. Major Christopher Clark with the sheriff’s office said what investigators originally thought might have been a meth lab — was actually a Dimethyltryptamine (DMT) lab. “It&rsquo...
Dunham’s on Upper Valley Pike announces closure to customers
 The Dunham’s Sporting Goods store in Springfield announced to customers on Thursday that it would be closing its doors for good. In an email to customers the store said, “We are sorry to inform you that the Springfield Dunham’s Sports location will have its last day of business on Saturday, January 12th 2019; this is due...

Posted: 10 days ago

The Dunham’s Sporting Goods store in Springfield announced to customers on Thursday that it would be closing its doors for good. In an email to customers the store said, “We are sorry to inform you that the Springfield Dunham’s Sports location will have its last day of business on Saturday, January 12th 2019; this is due...
Suspect in fatal Springfield shooting was well known to city officials
 A Springfield man was named a suspect in the shooting that preceded a house fire on West Liberty Street. A police report names Raymond Upshaw, 70, as the suspect. The report says officers found a 20-year-old woman on West Euclid Avenue with an injury to her right ear and “doused in fuel.” In the report, she said Upshaw poured...

Posted: 11 days ago

A Springfield man was named a suspect in the shooting that preceded a house fire on West Liberty Street. A police report names Raymond Upshaw, 70, as the suspect. The report says officers found a 20-year-old woman on West Euclid Avenue with an injury to her right ear and “doused in fuel.” In the report, she said Upshaw poured...