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."
The meeting between Sandra Osorio and her daughter Jessica Douglas came sooner than expected. Douglas was taken from Puerto Rico as a baby, after Osorio left her with a friend as she settled in the states.