About 10 years ago, then-LCCC student Drew Scofield was captivated by photography. One day he decided to venture down to The Collegian and asked Professor Cliff Anthony, adviser to the student newspaper, if his pictures could be featured in the school newspaper. Scofield, a computer science geek, specifically web design, took all Journalism courses and graduated with his journalism certificate from L
CCC. From that point on, Scofield has not looked back and made a name for himself in the Journalism Industry by winning three Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences — Central Great Lakes Chapter, among other honors.
During a recent interview with Journalism students, Scofield gave numerous tips and advice to them. When asked how many people think it is a “dying career.” Scofield replied, “Professionally, after 10 years, I have seen it all, layoffs, firings, etc. Those are the trend of any job. There is still a need to get the news out, and people want to hear it. There will always be a need for someone to tell a story, whether it be print, TV, or online.”
Darryl Tucker, the managing editor for The Morning Journal, saw a bright future in Scofield. Tucker was visiting LCCC as a guest speaker to talk with Scofield and his classmates. Before coming to the class, Tucker had previously read some of Scofield’s stories in The Collegian. At the end of his talk, Tucker offered him a job at The Morning Journal. Scofield accepted the job, while still attending LCCC.
For two years, Scofield was the city reporter for North Ridgeville and later became the crime reporter. Scofield has since moved on from The Morning Journal and now works for WEWS Channel 5 in downtown Cleveland as the digital producer for the TV station.
For eight straight years, Scofield has been a part of the team at Channel 5 and has even racked up the Emmys. His first Emmy was awarded in 2019 for his coverage of the flash flooding on Middle Bass Island near Cedar Point.
Scofield’s recent Emmy was for his 2021 story on Homelessness in Ashtabula.
Scofield received his most notable Emmy in 2020 for his story that featured the Sidaway Bridge. The Sidaway Bridge is a historic landmark that runs from Sidaway Avenue to East 65 Street on Cleveland’s East side. The bridge played a huge role during the Civil Rights movement that separated the black neighborhood from the white neighborhood.
To read and learn more about Scofield’s Emmy Award-winning story, visit www.news5clevel.com