Lydia Esparra

Lydia is an Emmy-winning anchor who joined our team in September 2010 as an anchor/general assignments reporter. Also a freelance producer, Lydia Esparra has worked for the syndicated show Entertainment Tonight and NBC's Today Show. For her freelance work with the Arc of Greater Cleveland, the non-profit won an Ohio Public Image Award. Lydia currently serves as an Honorary Board Member. The Ohio State University graduate and Youngstown native has been in the Cleveland area since 1997. From November 2000 to December 2008 Esparra worked for Channel 3 News as the weekend anchor and general assignments reporter. There, she won an Emmy for Best Weekend Anchor. Lydia also spent three years as a general assignment reporter for Fox 8 in Cleveland. She and her husband spent seven years down south. First, in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market as a reporter and anchor for a local cable channel. She also worked for WCIX in Miami as the community affairs manager. Moving to Georgia, she found her way to WFXL-TV, a Fox affiliate. There, she anchored the noon and reported for the evening newscast. She later became the bureau chief for WTVM in Columbus, Georgia. Lydia won a federal award for her work in the Georgia State Prisons. She was inducted into the Akron Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004. More recently Lydia taught at Kent State University in the Criminal Justice Department. She was also an instructor for the Kent State Police Academy. In her free time, Lydia loves to spend time with her very large family! "I am one of 10 kids. We do everything together. Take vacations, go camping, volunteerism, go to church, go to sporting events. Holidays! I mean everything. Even when we lost our beloved sister Memby to colon cancer, we were together guiding her in her journey to her death. Having strong family values helps me be a better journalist. My parents have always been my moral compasses."

Recent Articles by Lydia

  Warren community rallies behind GM Lordstown plant with ‘Drive It Home’ campaign

Akron church pleads for donations to save Christmas for poor after heartless toy theft

Scabies outbreak shuts down Parma school

Sagamore Hills salt shortage raises eyebrows

Share your holidays prompting others to share in the season of giving

Euclid NAACP seeks positive change to curb lingering tensions

Lakewood unveils news plans for a luxury apartment complex

Lordstown burning through hope as GM plans deep job cuts

Brunswick OVI checkpoint deters drunken driving as holiday revelry spikes

Attorney regrets letter of support for Lance Mason

Case Western Reserve University students come to rescue of fraternity brother

Community fearful after another murder on Cleveland’s deadliest corner

Greyhound bus driver gets lost in Cleveland for hours on his way to New York

Ashtabula remembers 4 killed by drunken driver, debate continues over repeat OVI offenders

Portage County village reeling over widespread water contamination

Youngstown area student scores a perfect 36 on ACT

Store owner, Solon police help victim of bike theft

Parents furious after 6-year-old son gets stranded on school bus

Fentanyl exposure a looming danger for police, prison guards

Garfield Heights Police hunting for arsonist caught on camera