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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

15-year-old bus helper indicted on sex crimes against four children
 The teen accused of sex crimes against a girl on a Benjamin Logan school bus last month is now facing additional charges involving other children, according to court records. The 15-year-old was a bus helper at the time of at least one of the alleged incidents, school officials have said. The teen is was indicted Tuesday on seven counts...

Posted: 6 hours ago

The teen accused of sex crimes against a girl on a Benjamin Logan school bus last month is now facing additional charges involving other children, according to court records. The 15-year-old was a bus helper at the time of at least one of the alleged incidents, school officials have said. The teen is was indicted Tuesday on seven counts...
A dream is fulfilled: Senior living community celebrates opening
 A $10 million dollar senior living development on the site of the former Community Hospital is complete after over a year of construction. The project created nearly 50 units and is Springfield’ first “pocket neighborhood.” Construction on Community Gardens started in Sept. 2017 near the intersection of Burnett Road and...

Posted: 12 hours ago

A $10 million dollar senior living development on the site of the former Community Hospital is complete after over a year of construction. The project created nearly 50 units and is Springfield’ first “pocket neighborhood.” Construction on Community Gardens started in Sept. 2017 near the intersection of Burnett Road and...
HELP NEEDED: Thousands stolen from area ATMs in ‘organized effort’
 Tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen from ATMs at IH Credit Union in Springfield, Urbana and Clark County in a crime deputies said was a “pretty organized.” “There’s tens of thousands of dollars of dollars and I think that figure will grow exponentially,” said Det. Scott Cultice with the Clark County...

Posted: 2 days ago

Tens of thousands of dollars have been stolen from ATMs at IH Credit Union in Springfield, Urbana and Clark County in a crime deputies said was a “pretty organized.” “There’s tens of thousands of dollars of dollars and I think that figure will grow exponentially,” said Det. Scott Cultice with the Clark County...
Three arrested in connection to gunfire incident at Urbana University
 Three people have been arrested in the shots fired incident that led to a campus lockdown at Urbana University on Tuesday, according to police. Bond was set Friday for all three in Champaign County Municipal Court. Hunter Donnan, 18, of Huber Heights faces a trafficking in drugs charge for marijuana, according to online court records. His...

Posted: 5 days ago

Three people have been arrested in the shots fired incident that led to a campus lockdown at Urbana University on Tuesday, according to police. Bond was set Friday for all three in Champaign County Municipal Court. Hunter Donnan, 18, of Huber Heights faces a trafficking in drugs charge for marijuana, according to online court records. His...
Report: Suspects in Snider Road crash were going more than 100 mph before collision
 Four people appeared in Clark County Municipal Court Thursday on charges in connection to a short pursuit and a resulting crash on Snider Road. Quaymar Hill, 20, of Dayton, is being held in the Clark County Jail on a $10,000 bond for fleeing/eluding officers. There were three others in the car with him when he allegedly fled from police and...

Posted: 5 days ago

Four people appeared in Clark County Municipal Court Thursday on charges in connection to a short pursuit and a resulting crash on Snider Road. Quaymar Hill, 20, of Dayton, is being held in the Clark County Jail on a $10,000 bond for fleeing/eluding officers. There were three others in the car with him when he allegedly fled from police and...
Four people plead to charges in Snider Road chase, crash
 Quaymar Hill, 20, of Dayton, the alleged driver of the vehicle is being held in the Clark County Jail on a $10,000 bond for fleeing/eluding.  There were three others in the car with him when he allegedly fled from police and crashed into a tree on Snider Road.  27-year-old Ieshia Horton, of Montgomery, is being held on a $1,500...

Posted: 6 days ago

Quaymar Hill, 20, of Dayton, the alleged driver of the vehicle is being held in the Clark County Jail on a $10,000 bond for fleeing/eluding.  There were three others in the car with him when he allegedly fled from police and crashed into a tree on Snider Road.  27-year-old Ieshia Horton, of Montgomery, is being held on a $1,500...
Teen accused in Ben Logan bus assault to remain in detention
 The teen accused of assaulting a little girl on a school bus last month will remain in juvenile detention until further notice. The 15-year-old, who is not being identified, appeared before Logan County Family Court Judge Kim Kellogg-Martin on Tuesday with his attorney. Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart asked the judge to keep him in the...

Posted: 7 days ago

The teen accused of assaulting a little girl on a school bus last month will remain in juvenile detention until further notice. The 15-year-old, who is not being identified, appeared before Logan County Family Court Judge Kim Kellogg-Martin on Tuesday with his attorney. Logan County Prosecutor Eric Stewart asked the judge to keep him in the...
Report: Springfield stabbing suspect swallows two razor blades in jail
 The Springfield man accused of slicing his wife’s throat earlier this year swallowed two razor blades wrapped in bologna while in jail, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy’s report says the jail learned Raymond Roberts swallowed the blades when Roberts’ family notified them Sunday evening. The...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Springfield man accused of slicing his wife’s throat earlier this year swallowed two razor blades wrapped in bologna while in jail, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy’s report says the jail learned Raymond Roberts swallowed the blades when Roberts’ family notified them Sunday evening. The...
Shoes 4 The Shoeless lifts ‘soles’ at Springfield elementary schools
 A Simon Kenton students’ shoes were so worn that volunteers barely had to try to pull them apart. His socks — just as tattered and dirty. Ashley Wilson, the Lead Nurse for the Springfield City School District said it’s a problem she sees all the time. “It’s a need that most people don’t even realize we...

Posted: 10 days ago

A Simon Kenton students’ shoes were so worn that volunteers barely had to try to pull them apart. His socks — just as tattered and dirty. Ashley Wilson, the Lead Nurse for the Springfield City School District said it’s a problem she sees all the time. “It’s a need that most people don’t even realize we...
Springfield Regional pays tribute to organ donor with honor walk
 Nearly 115,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant — but a Springfield man was recently honored for giving all he had to make that number a little smaller. Staff lined the hallway of Springfield Regional Medical Center to honor a man who made the decision to give life to others through organ donation. Before Curtis...

Posted: 11 days ago

Nearly 115,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant — but a Springfield man was recently honored for giving all he had to make that number a little smaller. Staff lined the hallway of Springfield Regional Medical Center to honor a man who made the decision to give life to others through organ donation. Before Curtis...