Wayne Dawson Biography
Wayne Dawson is an American 11-time Emmy Award-winning Anchor/Reporter/Host working for Fox 8 News – WJW in Cleveland, Ohio as a weekday morning news anchor. He has been working for the station since the year 1981 after working for WNIR-AM.
He appears on the 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. newscasts. Dawson began as a weekend evening news co-anchor at the station for 5 years. Before joining FOX 8, he worked for WNIR-AM Radio in Kent, Ohio as a news anchor/reporter for 2 years. When coming to his education, Dawson is a proud alumnus of Cuyahoga Community College. He is also a 1979 alumnus of Kent State University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Journalism.
Wayne Dawson Age
Dawson was born on April 24, 1955, in Cleveland, Ohio, United States. She is therefore 68 years old as of 2023. He celebrates his birthday on the 24th of April.
Wayne Dawson Height
Dawson stands at an approximate height of 5 feet and 8 inches.
Wayne Dawson Family
Dawson was born to his loving parents, Annie L. Dawson (mother) and his father, whose names are unknown. He grew up alongside his brother, William Dawson.
Wayne Dawson Wife
Dawson is married to his lovely spouse, Millie. They live in the suburb of Highland Heights, Ohio. Dawson’s first wife was Millie, he was in a marriage with LaVerne Dawson. Their marriage ended in a divorce and the reason for that is unknown.
Wayne Dawson Children
Dawson and his current wife Millie take great pride in being dad and mom to their biological 1 daughter, whose names are under review. Dawson and his ex-wife LaVerne were blessed with 4 biological children; 3 daughters: Tamara, Crystal, and Danielle, and one son, Tyshin. Dawson’s total number of kids is 5.
Wayne Dawson Net Worth
Dawson has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million-$5 Million which he has earned through his successful career as an Anchor/Reporter/Host.
Wayne Dawson Salary
Dawson earns an annual salary ranging from $ 45,000 – $ 110,500.
Wayne Dawson Awards and Honors
Throughout his career, he has won 8 regional finals Emmy Awards (Lower Great Lakes-NATAS). Dawson is also part of various organizations, including the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, the NAACP, and the National Association of African American Journalists. In the year 2000, he became an inductee of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio.
Dawson was twice recognized as one of Jaycee’s “Outstanding Young Men of America.” He received more accolades, such as being named “Man of the Year” by Delta Sigma Theta and “Outstanding TV News Reporter” by the Professional Women’s Business Association. Besides his achievements in journalism, Dawson is also an ordained minister.
In the year 2014, Dawson was an inductee of the NATAS Silver Circle. Also, the Cleveland Press Club awarded him the Chuck Heaton Award. Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications honored him with a William Taylor Alumni Award.
Wayne Dawson Controversy
In June 2007, Dawson made a joke on the morning news program Fox 8 in the Morning about his fellow reporter Kenny Crumpton, saying he could “play a skin flute.” Someone recorded the moment and uploaded it to YouTube, but WJW-TV Channel 8 asked for the video to be taken down. Later, he was also involved in a situation where his co-anchor Kristi Capel made a comment using the word “jiggaboo.”
Wayne Dawson Brother Philanthropy
In June 2023, Dawson and his brother, William, gave $1,000 in scholarships to eighteen students who were working towards getting college degrees. They did this as part of the Dawson Foundation’s mission to motivate young people to pursue their dreams and contribute positively to their communities. The students received the scholarships during a special event held at the FOX 8 studio. At the ceremony, they were encouraged not only to be successful but also to become good leaders and always have a desire to give back to others.
Wayne Dawson Books / Author
Dawson is also an author, who has written the book, The Seeds of Greatness Are Within You: A Memoir”. She published the book in the year 2022, with Dirty Truth Publishing. The book is a description of his life story written to make people feel positive, learn something, and be motivated to pursue their dreams and life’s goals.
Wayne Dawson Fox 8 News
Dawson is working at Fox 8 News where he works alongside other famous Fox 8 News meteorologists, anchors, and reporters including;
- Mackenzie Bart
- Andre’ Bernier
- Kristi Capel
- Ken Carman
- Tracy McCool
- Jenn Harcher
- Natalie Herbick
- Jennifer Jordan
- Andre Knott
- Roosevelt Leftwich
- Lou Maglio
Wayne Dawson Social Media Platforms
He is active on his social media accounts and often posts on his Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. He has over 30.1K followers on Instagram.