Brittany Bivins joined Cleveland 19 News in October 2017. While she's worked the majority of her career down South, she spent part of her childhood in Pennsylvania, and she is looking forward to seeing snow again.
Brittany comes to us from the CBS affiliate in Birmingham, Ala., where she covered major political stories, including corruption scandals in each branch of state government, which eventually led to the removal or resignation of several top elected officials. She also traveled to the Arizona-Mexico border for several in-depth investigative segments on local militia members and the immigration debate. She won an award from the Associated Press for "Best Series" for that investigation.
Before that, Brittany worked as weekend anchor and reporter at the CBS affiliate in Montgomery, Alabama, where she produced a franchise honoring local teachers, receiving the "Best Specialized Reporter" award from the Alabama Associated Press. She started her career as a reporter and multimedia journalist for the Fox affiliate in Shreveport, La.
Brittany graduated from the University of Montevallo with degrees in Mass Communication and Theatre. She minored in Spanish, and spent part of her college summers studying abroad near Madrid, where she learned to speak Spanish fluently. She loves languages, and she is currently trying to learn Arabic. German, French, and Italian are also on her list.
In her free time, Brittany loves playing with animals, volunteering as a youth mentor, traveling, and going to film festivals. She is thrilled to call Cleveland her new home and excited about everything Northeast Ohio has to offer. She's always looking for a good story, so make sure to let her know if you have one, and say hello if you see her around town!
Wet weather is threatening businesses in Canal Fulton, where property owners are watching warily as the water levels continue to rise. For several businesses near the canal itself, the damage is piling up.
In the Stark County town of Canal Fulton, Ohio, the current flooding conditions remind a lot of people of pictures they've seen of an event that happened over 100 years ago--the 1913 flood of the city.
The debate continues over an access road that some people call necessary and others call a dangerous hazard. The access road that connects nine households at the end of Northwood Drive in Olmsted Falls is supposed to be only for emergency use, but that changed four years ago.
Some Sandusky residents want to see speed cameras on the route to Cedar Point. The often-called “back road” to the park, along U.S. Route 6, is home to many members of the Cedar Point Property Owners Association, who are calling for commissioners to step up enforcement of the speed limit.
A cold case in Marion County, linked to confessed serial killer Shawn Grate, may be closer than ever to being solved. The DNA Doe Project, a non-profit organization that works to identify unidentified people and reunite families, has taken on the case.
Wind turbines are popping up all over Northeast Ohio, and you could soon see them off the shore of Lake Erie. A company called Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation is planning a project for a wind farm about eight miles off Cleveland's coast. It would be the first of its kind on a great lake.
More than 200 feet below the surface of Cleveland, the city is not quiet. Instead, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is at work, building seven tunnels that will re-route overflow wastewater to protect the Cuyahoga River.