Bill Cohen is now in his 40th year of news reporting for Ohio's public radio and TV stations. Over the years, he's covered hundreds of different public policy issues, the long-running legal battle over school funding and dozens of elections for governor and president. Bill's radio reports are featured on National Public Radio programs and he can be seen interviewing newsmakers on the weekly public TV show, "The State of Ohio." He is also an occasional guest on other state and local news shows and contributes freelance reporting on Stateline.org, a website that reports on state governments across the nation. He has won numerous awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters and the Cleveland Press Club.
Angela An is an Emmy award winning journalist and co-anchor of weekday morning newscasts for WBNS-10TV. Along with her anchoring duties, Angela is also the lead reporter for 10TV's CrimeTracker 10 series. Angela said the most memorable story she has covered was the deadly December 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia. She and a photographer spent 10 days reporting on Sri Lanka's road to recovery and brought back a weeklong series of stories about survival, loss and determination to rebuild. In addition to three Emmy awards, Angela has earned recognition for her work from the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press as well as the Federation of Indian Associations, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio, and the Ohio State University Army ROTC Program.
Sheriff Matt Lutz
Sheriff Matt Lutz was thrust into the spotlight on October 18, 2011, when Terry W. Thompson released his menagerie of animals, including wolves, tigers, lions, bears and monkeys, before committing suicide. Through his leadership that night and his performance during the ensuing crush of media requests, Lutz earned widespread respect and admiration from members of both law enforcement and the media. Lutz has served as sheriff of Muskingum County since 2009. Before being elected sheriff, he served as chief of police in South Zanesville. He began his career in law enforcement with the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office in 1989 and served as a patrol deputy before earning promotions to patrol sergeant and lieutenant. He also served as a detective before accepting the chief position in South Zanesville in 2007.
Lieutenant John Hiscox
Lieutenant Hiscox is the public information officer for the Geauga County Sheriff's Office. He is also in charge of the Records and Civil Divisions. The Records Division is responsible for all records on cases and the Civil Division handles sheriff sales, process warrants and protection orders from the courts. Hiscox joined the Sheriff's Office in 1993 after working as an insurance agent for 23 years. He is a member of the Ohio Crime Prevention Association, the BSSA, and was a member of the 2006 Leadership Geauga Class.
Robin Mathews has served as an associate legal counsel with the Ohio Department of Public Safety since March 2008. As the department's public records manager, she oversees the department's response to public records requests. Prior to joining Public Safety, she worked at the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. She is also a Licensed Social Worker, a Project Management Professional, and a registered arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Robin holds master's degrees in social work and public administration from The Ohio State University and earned her Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School.
John Horton is a columnist at The Plain Dealer, where his byline has appeared since 1999. On the morning of the Chardon High School shootings, he grabbed a notebook and pen and walked from his nearby home to cover the tragedy. He was the first journalist on the scene.
Doug Page covers City Hall, breaking news and crime for the Dayton Daily News where he has been a reporter, editor and columnist since 1999. He started in the news business at the Glenwood, Ark., Herald, a weekly paper at the base of the Ouachita Mountains. His next gig was managing editor of the Arkadelphia, Ark, Daily Siftings-Herald, a five-day a week paper whose masthead was longer than the town was wide. From there, the next stop was Arkansas Democrat in Little Rock in the midst of a newspaper war. It was then The Associated Press called, and he spent 13 years with the wire service in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and New York. Entering his third decade in the business, he still claims to be having fun.
Maurice J. Watkins
Maurice J. Watkins is the Outreach Coordinator and Business Development Liaison for the Wilberforce University Disaster Management & Recovery Center (DMR). This program is funded by a research grant from the National Nuclear Security Administration. He promotes the work of the research grant, develops external partnerships and supports disaster preparedness education. Over the last two years, he has managed multiple social media outlets for the grant and is an active participant in the SMEM (Social Media for Emergency Management) community. He has traveled as far as Portugal and China to promote existing research efforts and disaster preparedness. Currently, he is playing an active role in the development of automated disaster planning software.
She is the communications director for the Chardon Local Schools. She has been with the district since 1997, which positioned her well to handle the crisis communication needs of the Chardon Schools during the shooting incident on February 27, 2012. Ellen is also on the board of the Ohio School Public Relations Association (OHSPRA).