CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Anyone who knows 19 Action News Anchor Denise Dufala can tell you that she is a Hall of Fame person.
Now, she's been recognized by her peers in the Cleveland Association Of Broadcasters by being inducted into their Hall Of Fame as an "Excellence In Broadcasting" Honoree.
She joins an illustrious list of impressive broadcasters and journalists in her hometown, including Dorothy Fuldheim, Mike Douglas, Dick Goddard, Ernie Anderson, Betty Cope, and Herb Score.
Below you can read what the Cleveland Association Of Broadcasters had to say about her.
Congratulations Denise, from all of us at 19 Action News!
2010 Cleveland Association of Broadcasters (CAB) "Excellence in Broadcasting" Honorees:
Denise Dufala entered the Cleveland television broadcasting picture in 1986, and became an instant favorite with area viewers. Her experience in reporting and anchoring, combined with her strong roots in Cleveland and her acknowledged position as one of this area's most trusted and well-liked personalities, makes her an obvious choice to anchor 19 Action News.
Along with serving as the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news anchor at WJW-TV, Dufala was the original morning anchor of "Newscenter 8 This Morning."
An Emmy Award-winning reporter, her experience includes such historic assignments as President Clinton's inauguration in Washington D.C., the Pope's visit to St. Louis, and the Attack on America. Dufala's career began as a writer with the State of Ohio's successful "Heart Of It All" campaign. Early in her television career she worked at WSYX (formerly WTVN) in Columbus.
Although most of Cleveland knows Dufala through the news, some know her as a dynamic board member who helps children through the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Her interests include antique collecting, ice skating and singing. Indeed, her talent and passion for the latter finds her singing regularly in her church choir, as well as performing the National Anthem before Cleveland Indians, Browns, and Cavaliers games. In what has become her trademark style, she continues to combine community involvement projects with daily reporting and anchoring.
Dufala grew up in North Olmsted and earned a B.A. in journalism from The Ohio State University.
As a talented journalist and caring human being, Dufala continues to make a positive difference in her hometown.