Thursday, March 09, 2017

WKYC Adds Dorsena Drakeford To The Channel 3 News Staff

Dorsena Drakeford
By Frank Macek

Multimedia journalist Dorsena Drakeford is joining Channel 3 News beginning in April from KGAN/KFXA-TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

She is a "skilled and aggressive reporter who currently works the crime and courts beat and is excited to expand her storytelling and to break some big stories around Cleveland," WKYC News Director Brennan Donnellan tells the Director's Cut Blog about the passion put into her work.

While working at KGAN/KFXA, she reported on everything from trials that gained national attention to the well-known caucuses in the area. Besides her work as a reporter, she also filled in as news anchor for the morning and the afternoon broadcasts.

Drakeford got her start in broadcast as a production assistant in central Texas, but after six months, stepped in front of the camera as the crime and courts reporter for KTXS-TV/Abilene. This gave her the opportunity to learn to shoot and edit stories that not only impacted people’s lives - but put life itself into perspective.

She is a 2011 graduate of Valdosta State University, where she got her degree in journalism while working as the sports editor of the school paper.

In her free time, she enjoys venturing out to meet new friends, watching football (hopefully the Browns now instead of Peyton's team) and taking time to unwind at the gym.

She also tells the Director's Cut Blog she is really looking forward to making northeast Ohio home.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

WKYC Has Two Honored At Annual TEGNA Awards

Special to the Director's Cut Blog

Each year TEGNA, WKYC's parent company, hosts an awards ceremony to recognize top employees, campaigns, and unsung heroes.

Two of WKYC's own were honored at this year's ceremony in Virginia.

We extend a big congratulations to our President and General Manager, Micki Byrnes, who was named Manager of the Year.

She beat out general managers from 46 other stations across the country. We think we're very lucky to have her, too!
Congratulations are also in order for our Director of Advocacy and Community Initiatives, Margaret Bernstein, who was honored along with Micki Byrnes with the company's Diversity and Inclusion award.

We look forward to another amazing year with these two!