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Joe Pagonakis


Joe Pagonakis

Retired from News 5: 2024

Birthplace: Seven Hills, Ohio.

Education: Normandy High School, 1977 and Ohio University, 1981.

Current Position/Job Duties: Troubleshooter Reporter/Multimedia Journalist

Previous Work Experience: WYTV-TV, Youngstown, Ohio and WANE-TV, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Joined News 5: July 1993

Most Memorable Stories: "The new Ohio contractor law, 2009,"
"The Blackout of 2003" and "Pittsburgh plane crash 1994."

Awards/Honors: National and regional Emmy awards and nominations. National Headliner and Associated Press awards and nominations.

News Philosophy: Produce stories that help others.

Role Model(s): My mom and dad.

Favorite Sports Team(s): Browns, Cavs, Guardians, in that order.

Favorite Music: Opera, rock and jazz.

Favorite Movie: A Few Good Men

Favorite Program: News 5 at 6 p.m.

Favorite Book: The Giving Tree.

Favorite Foods: Mexican and Italian.

Family: My wonderful wife Jody, my son Nick, my daughter Nina and my amazing mother Mary

My passion: Journalism and video production.

Hobbies & Interests: Home improvement projects.

Hidden Talent: Home theater construction and design.

Something most people don't know about me: I love to plant trees.

What I like best about Northeast Ohio: Lake Erie and the MetroParks.

You're most likely to see me around town at: Giant Eagle.

On the weekends I love to: Jog, lift weights and be outdoors.

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