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Derek Forrest


Derek Forrest

Education: Stonehill College in Boston (BA in Communication)

Current Position/Job Duties: Sports Anchor

Previous Work Experience: Sports Reporter at WLWT in Cincinnati for two years, before that Weekend Sports Anchor at WLKY in Louisville for two-and-a-half. Before that, Sports Director at WYMT in Hazard, Ky.

Joined News 5: April 16th, 2018


Most Memorable Stories: Sadly, it was being one of the leads on the death of Muhammad Ali, which was one of the most emotional stories I've ever been on. It was one week of emotional highs and lows, but something I was very much proud to be a part of as well.

Awards/Honors: Sports Emmy for working on SportsCenter

News Philosophy: I just really enjoy people's story. They always have a story to tell. And in sports, I love knowing how an athlete got to where they are now. There is always something that drives someone to be where they are today. Whether it was a bad or good experience.

Role Model: Growing up it was the wrestler "The Rock", these days it's Crossfit coach Ben Bergeron. What both have in common: their mindset! I believe that a positive and stable mindset is the key to success and happiness.

Favorite Music: I listen to Top 40 and BPM

Favorite Movie: "Finding Neverland" with Johnny Depp

Favorite Program: "The Newsroom" and "Walking Dead"

Favorite Book: I Never Had it Made: An Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

Favorite Food: Steak, and seafood

Hobbies & Interests: Playing baseball, working out, listening to podcasts

You're most likely to see me around town: Enjoying a nice dinner

Something most people don't know about me: I played baseball for 18 years

What I like best about Northeast Ohio: The passion for the three sports teams here are amazing! Everyone gets behind the Indians, Cavs, and Browns.

On the weekends I love to: Relax and just enjoy the Greater Cleveland Area and what it has to offer.

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