Dana Balash - Sports Director - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, 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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