Journalists are people, too.
Proof of that is that we love our moms to pieces.
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we’ve pulled together a collection of photos of journalists from the combined Dayton Daily News, WHIO and Dayton.com newsrooms and their mama bears.
Break out the tissues, it is about to get e·mo·tion·al.
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Is your mom just the absolute, numero uno best?
Share a photo of the two of you together with us on Facebook and tell us what you love most about your mom.
Shane McKinney, the mother of WHIO-TV anchor and reporter Gabrielle Enright
“My mom is beautiful on the inside and out. She taught me to be independent and strong. She also nurtured my love of music, art, kids and all living creatures.”
Betty Budd, mother of Dayton Daily News reporter Larry Budd
“She looked after me. Now we look after her, although she can still hold her own. She lured me into the room for a recent surprise birthday party.
She is one of the oldest living alumni of the College of Wooster! She has been all over the world, including five trips to Italy. She isn't afraid to share her opinion. Guess that says something about how I turned out 😊. I owe her for everything I've got.”
Sherry Ishmael, mother of Brittany Otto, WHIO Radio news director
“She is awesome because SHE IS EVERYTHING. She is the mother all of your friends claim as their own. She is compassionate, yet fierce. She is loyal, loving, honest and affectionate. She literally lights up and brings warmth to a room with her laugh and her smile. She is my mama, and my very best friend 😊.”
Colleen Cano, mother of Kelsey Lambers, cross platform content manager for Cox Media Group Ohio.
“I know everyone thinks they have the best mom in the world, but I really do. My mom is my best friend. She understands me more than anyone else. Whether something is weighing heavy on my mind or if there’s something exciting I want to share, my mom is the first person I want to call, and she always knows exactly what to say. She is a great grandma to my nieces, and as my husband and I prepare to welcome our first baby into the world late summer, I am so excited to see the bond she will form with her new grandchild. I am so lucky to not only have her as the best mom in the world, but also as my best friend.”
Shelley Leinasars, mother of Jenna Lawson, an all-media journalist for Cox Media Group Ohio.
“My mom is easily one of the biggest blessings in my life. So caring, so selfless — the list goes on. She raised me to be a strong woman, and I’ll never be able to thank her enough for that.”
Shearly Shoemaker, mother of Dayton Daily News political editor Anthony Shoemaker
“My mom is an amazing woman. She’s also very hip and stylish. Happy Mother’s Day.”
Peggy Larkin, mother of WHIO’s chief meteorologist Eric Elwell
“She is awesome because she has always been there for me, even when I was very afraid of storms as a kid. She helped me through my fear and inspired me to learn all I could about the weather. She is truly the reason I am where I am today.”
Mary Jablonski, mother of David Jablonski, Dayton Daily News sports writer
"My mom is awesome because she's as excited for her 11th grandchild (my first) coming this August as she was for her first 12 years ago. She's also one of the best runners in her age group in the state, if not the country. She won the Miamisburg Turkey Trot and qualified for the Boston Marathon 30 years ago."
Cheryl Derocher, the mother of Kristi Newton, a producer for WHIO
Lynne Franks, mother of Dayton.com reporter and social content producer Sarah Franks
“My mom is awesome because she always puts everyone else before herself. I wouldn’t be half of the person I am today without her! She never lets me leave a visit without at least 5 bags of frozen meals she’s made for me to take home. She’s the best.”
Annie Robinson, mother of Dayton Daily News and Dayton.com columnist, reporter and podcast host Amelia Robinson
“My mother is a ball of fun and creativity. She is one of the strongest and most determined people in the world. I am everything I am because I am the daughter of an incredible mother. I could never pay her back.”
Brenda Estepp, mother of Vinny Carozza, a breaking news investigator and social media editor for WHIO.
“What makes her special is she always supported me and was at every baseball, football, basketball game I ever played. Even as a single mom, she found the time to work and cheer me on every step of my life.”
Winnie Johnson, mother of anchor and reporter Kate Bartley
“My mom is incredible because she drives our family forward through sheer force of will. At one point, she was a single mother to three kids – and as of last weekend, we all graduated from college! We joke that she’s the equivalent of at least 3 or 4 normal parents. She is my strength.”
Ivalu Fisher, mother of Dayton Daily News and Dayton.com food and restaurants reporter Mark Fisher
“(Ivalu) buried two husbands, one an Air Force pilot, the second a Dayton Public Schools teacher. Worked at Standard Register and State Fidelity Savings and Loan. Raised three boys. And was AWEsome.
Maureen Collar, mother of Brett Collar
Linda Morrison, mother of sports reporter Jay Morrison
“What makes her special, beyond her unconditional love and benevolent soul, is that she is amazingly creative and passionate about scrapbooking and crafting, which means for the last few decades every birthday, anniversary and holiday has come with personalized, handcrafted cards that don’t just say ‘love,’ they illustrate it with heartfelt, intricate detail.”
Candy Zontini, mother of Kirstie Zontini, WHIO-TV morning meteorologist and podcast co-host
“She’s my best friend and has always been there for me no matter how silly the question might be. She has taught Sunday School at our church since we were born and has shown me what it means to be a caring person. Her and my dad just celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary.”
Anna Kilburn, mother of WHIO Senior Executive TV Producer Quincy Wallace
“My mother has had and continues to have such a powerful influence on my life. She is wonderful in every way. She’s funny, smart, loving, loyal, patient, beautiful, honest, generous, and so very supportive. She LOVES her family with her whole heart, and we think she’s the simply the best.”
Laura Perry, mother of reporter Alex Perry
Pam Driscoll, mother of Cox Media Group Ohio reporter Kara Driscoll
“Happy Mother’s Day to the best person I know, who raised three daughters to be fiercely independent, smart and empowered women. We love you.”