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

  Burglars subdue pit bulls with bacon, hamburgers while robbing Cleveland home

Akron launches task force to improve glacial pace of city’s snow removal

Wickliffe home invasion: Police obtain photos of truck used during robbery of elderly woman

Fog and flooding concerns grow along Chagrin River as heavy rains approach

Home invaders posing as cable workers rob 86-year-old Wickliffe woman

Garfield Heights man who led Avon Police to suspected murderer speaks out

Knight Riders working overtime to help homeless during deep freeze

Your auto survival guide during a deep freeze in Northeast Ohio

Akron mother who shared her cancer journey on Facebook passes away

Euclid mother furious after 4-year-old son left behind on school bus for hours

Akron still buried in snow and slush days after winter storm

Cleveland plans to lift parking ban following hellish weekend weather

East Cleveland community mourns loss of youth football coach gunned down at gas station

South Euclid police defend dad’s decision to take away cell phone after daughter calls 9-1-1 on him (video)

Olmsted Falls fire chief resigns after feud with city leadership, mayor says

Lakewood councilwoman lobbying for comprehensive changes to parental leave

La Sagrada Familia Church celebrates Three Kings Day

2 Maple Heights men being heralded as holiday heroes

30 fines in less than 30 days for drivers who passed stopped buses in North Ridgeville

Disabled Korean War vet’s van stolen from Cleveland American Legion Hall