Dana Balash - Sports Director - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Dana Balash - Sports Director

Hometown: Hubbard, Ohio

Education: Hubbard High School, Kent State University, Youngstown State University 

Career Path: Started at WFMJ Radio (AM 1390) in 1985 doing sports play-by-play for both high school and Youngstown State football. Move to TV in 1990.  Was a general assignment reporter for 21 News from 1990 to 1992. Was named weeknight sports anchor August of 1992 and became sports director in April of 2001.

Interest and Hobbies: Enjoy doing yard work and being outdoors. 

Why did you choose to get into broadcast journalism? I was involved with my high school newspaper and yearbook and always enjoyed covering sports at that time. I thought it would neat to do it for a living. 

What's your favorite sport? Football

What's your favorite part of your job? Being able to see young people succeed and watching them play high school sports. Also being able to meet with national celebrities and sports figures.

Personal: My wife's name is Kim, my daughter's name is Hannah and we have a Golden Doodle named Teddy!

You can watch Dana weeknights at six and eleven and 21 Sports.

 

E-mail Dana at sports@wfmj.com.

 

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  • Scrappers make it back to back wins on Gonzalez's big night

    Scrappers make it back to back wins on Gonzalez's big night

    Sunday, June 25 2017 11:51 AM EDT2017-06-25 15:51:56 GMT

    Oscar Gonzalez's second home run of the game in the seventh inning lifts the Scrappers past Auburn 5-4, making it back-to-back wins for Mahoning Valley.

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    Oscar Gonzalez's second home run of the game in the seventh inning lifts the Scrappers past Auburn 5-4, making it back-to-back wins for Mahoning Valley.

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  • Scrappers beat Auburn in extra innings

    Scrappers beat Auburn in extra innings

    Friday, June 23 2017 12:04 AM EDT2017-06-23 04:04:07 GMT

    The Scrappers won for the first time at Eastwood Field this season 5-4 in 10 innings against Auburn.  Jonathan Laureno's walk off RBI double scored Oscar Gonzalez to send everyone home happy.   Auburn jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with the first four batters reaching base. Paul Panaccione and Randy Encarnacion drove in the Doubledays runs. The Scrappers evened the scored in the bottom of the inning, Samad Taylor scored on a wild pitch, and Will Benso...

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    The Scrappers won for the first time at Eastwood Field this season 5-4 in 10 innings against Auburn.  Jonathan Laureno's walk off RBI double scored Oscar Gonzalez to send everyone home happy.   Auburn jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, with the first four batters reaching base. Paul Panaccione and Randy Encarnacion drove in the Doubledays runs. The Scrappers evened the scored in the bottom of the inning, Samad Taylor scored on a wild pitch, and Will Benso...

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  • Moldovan defends title at Mill Creek

    Moldovan defends title at Mill Creek

    Thursday, June 22 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-06-23 03:47:54 GMT
    Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio defended his title at the Mill Creek Foundation Junior All Star tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. Moldovan shot a 68 for a three day total of 203, finishing three strokes ahead of Aaron Du of Lake Mary, Florida. Taylor Kehoe of Strathroy, Ontario captured the girls division at 205, after shooting 67 on the final day.   Manhue Chen of China placed second, six strokes back. Brookfield's Connor Stevens finished tied...More >>
    Maxwell Moldovan of Uniontown, Ohio defended his title at the Mill Creek Foundation Junior All Star tournament conducted by the American Junior Golf Association. Moldovan shot a 68 for a three day total of 203, finishing three strokes ahead of Aaron Du of Lake Mary, Florida. Taylor Kehoe of Strathroy, Ontario captured the girls division at 205, after shooting 67 on the final day.   Manhue Chen of China placed second, six strokes back. Brookfield's Connor Stevens finished tied...More >>
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