Meet reporter Jenell Walton

Posted: 9:37 PM, Jan 21, 2015


Emmy award winning journalist Jenell Walton is the multimedia reporter for the Cincinnati bureau of “The List.”

Prior to joining “The List,” Jenell anchored WCPO’s weekend morning and noon editions and covered general assignment stories. During her 12 year tenure at WCPO Jenell earned a reputation as an outstanding reporter with a natural talent for covering live events throughout the Tri-State.

Jenell was awarded an Emmy in breaking news for her live coverage of a robbery and kidnapping at a Shelbyville, Indiana gas station. She has covered a variety of stories for WCPO-TV 9 including the hiring of Cincinnati’s first African-American police chief. She was the only local reporter to travel to Portland, Maine for an exclusive interview with James Craig. 

Jenell was nominated for an Emmy for her live impromptu interview with NAACP President Kweisi Mfume as he toured the damaged areas of Over-the-Rhine’s Vine Street business district during the 2001 riots. 

Jenell began her career in public radio at WVUB FM 91.1 in Vincennes, Indiana. She made the transition to television one year later at WTVW Fox 7 News in Evansville, Indiana. Jenell also worked as a reporter, writer, and associate producer at WDTN-TV 2 in Dayton, Ohio.

A native Cincinnatian, Jenell attended Withrow High School. She’s a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication.

Jenell is a member of Cincinnati Association of Black Journalists, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and the Queen City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.

Jenell admits to being a library junkie. She resides in Cincinnati with her family.

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