WKYC Channel 3 President and General Manager Micki Byrnes announced today that investigative journalist Rachel Polansky will join the growing WKYC team.
“As journalists, investigative reporting and breaking news that matters is at the heart of what we do each day,” said Byrnes. “I’m thrilled to announce that Rachel will be joining our investigative news team.”
Over the last three and a half years at NBC affiliate WBBH in South Florida, Rachel has uncovered fraud and corruption and influenced change in local and state laws.
“Rachel’s tenacity, hunger for purposeful storytelling and desire to right what’s wrong is impressive,” said Director of Content Adam Miller. ““We are looking forward to Rachel’s impactful reporting and multi-platform contributions as she works to ultimately strengthen the Northeast Ohio community”
"I am so happy to be joining Channel 3’s investigative team, working among some of the best journalists in the business,” said Polansky. “I became an investigative reporter to shine a light in dark places, to hold the powerful accountable and ultimately, to help people. I can’t wait to continue to do what I love in Cleveland, and I look forward to reporting on issues that impact viewers throughout Northeast Ohio."
A three-time Edward R. Murrow Award-Winning Investigative Reporter, Rachel is most proud of her work that has enacted change at a local and statewide level. In 2019, two years after she began reporting on contractor fraud — and after she exposed issues with the way the current construction laws were written — a local lawmaker teamed up with a state attorney to re-write the law. Both spoke exclusively with Rachel and credited her with bringing these issues to the forefront. In June 2019, the governor signed that bill into law.
When she's not reporting, you can find Rachel at a yoga studio or working out with her husband, Dominic. Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and cheering on Penn State, her alma mater.