Tony Zarrella

Tony Zarrella

Sports Director

Cleveland, Ohio

A three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist, Tony Zarrella joined our team in 2006, and anchors the weeknight 6 p.m.and 11 p.m. sportscasts, as well as Sports Extra at 10:45 p.m.

He's also the host of the "Tailgate 19" Browns pregame show on Sundays throughout the football season.

Tony began his career in Midland, Texas in 1987, where he covered the rescue of little Jessica McClure from a backyard well. Since then, he's been fortunate enough to land a front-row seat to some of the most memorable moments in sports, covering Super Bowls, multiple Stanley Cup Finals, American and National League Championship Series, heavyweight championships, numerous NCAA tournaments, and the Olympics.

A native of Boston, and graduate of Emerson College, Tony has also worked in Denver, Pittsburgh, Miami, Syracuse and Providence. He is very active in the community, dedicating his time to the Up Side of Downs, and has started charity events for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Tony lives on the west side with his wife Denise, daughter Gianna, son Anthony, and dogs Buddy and Skoobie.


Recent Articles by Tony

Baseball is back ... with some changes

Anderson: ‘never around anything racial’ in clubhouse

  Local runner reaches incredible milestone

  Cleveland Indians Manager Terry Francona not nervous about managing during pandemic

  Cleveland Indians prepare for Spring Training 2.0 next week

The Decision: Ten Years Later

  Canton’s NFL Hall of Fame game cancelled; what’s next?

Covid-19 concerns loom as MLB looks ahead

Baseball’s biggest hit will come OFF the field

  Will Northeast Ohio high school football stands be empty because of Covid-19?

  Ted Ginn Sr. on challenges facing his Glenville Tarblooders: ‘The world has got to wake up’

  ‘I do think they’ll play’: MLB reporter breaks down how and why a season will still happen

Baseball’s blowing it

  Local golfers getting into the swing of things

Cavaliers talk of “uplifting people”

Expect different reaction to NFL protests this season

  “I have their back”

  Bickerstaff: “Either you’re for equality or you’re not”

  Randar ready for next big step

  12-year old golfer teeing it up with Pro’s for charity

Metcalf agrees that Brees “missed the mark”

  Baker earning high marks from new coordinator

“People are hurting”

  Time for NFL owners to make impact off the field?

  “Cash” Shaffer is money on the diamond

  Year 3 looming large for Baker Mayfield

  Elyria Catholic in good hands with Frantz

  NASCAR to honor Elyria soldier

“The world needs sports”

Tretter leading NFL players through COVID-19 concerns