WJW Hires Woman Held Captive for 10 Years as Reporter

By Kevin Eck 

Cleveland Tribune-owned station WJW has hired Amanda Berry to report about missing people.

Berry was abducted in 2003 and held captive for 10 years along with two other women until they escaped in 2013. She’ll host the daily Missing feature at 6 and 10 p.m. on the Fox affiliate, which will cover known missing persons in the local area.

“Berry will report the identity and details of missing persons from Northeast Ohio. A different missing person will be featured each day,” says the station. She’ll also “focus on how viewers can further support the rescue efforts as well as the families of missing and abducted people here in the Fox 8 viewing area.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Fox 8 News team for this important segment,” said Berry on the WJW website. “When I was missing, the people who were looking for me never gave up. My wish is that this segment will not only help find those who are missing but offer hope for the loved ones who are looking for them.”

“We started this segment in connection with local law enforcement right after Amanda, Gina and Michelle were rescued,” news director Andy Fishman told The Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “We started it with the anchors presenting the information, and 237 people whose stories were featured have been found. I knew I wanted to bring this segment back, and this was right about the time Amanda was stepping back in the public eye as an author and advocate for missing people, and I wondered if she’d want to front this segment for us. She immediately loved the idea.”

Here’s a video from WJW about Berry:

Here’s a timeline video from cleveland.com