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  • John Herrington joined Channel 3 back in 1971 and worked for 25 years as a reporter. Many longtime viewers may remember John as the "Energy Warden" giving Clevelanders energy tips. John died Tuesday. Our condolences go out to his family and friends. Obituary as follows: John Herrington was a television news reporter in Cleveland for more than 25 years. After 10 years in television news in Kansas City, Mo., John came to Cleveland in 1968 to anchor the area’s first 10 p.m. television newscast on what was then WKBF-TV, Channel 61. In 1971, he joined the NBC-owned WKYC-TV, Channel 3, as reporter, and in-studio and field anchor, frequently reporting on events of national interest for the National Broadcasting Company during the period that it owned and operated Channel 3. He took early retirement from WKYC-TV in 1993. Since retirement, John was a free-lance producer for several network and syndicated television reports, covered community events for a suburban weekly newspaper, and wrote a periodic column for a local Cleveland web site. John Herrington died July 24th, 2007 in Cleveland Ohio. He was 76. His career began in his hometown of Coffeyville, Kansas, with the local newspaper and radio station during his high school and junior college days. He was a newscaster for the local radio station in Lawrence, Kansas, when he was a student at the University of Kansas. John graduated with a B.S. degree in journalism from K.U., his education interrupted in his junior year when he was drafted into the Army. He was assigned to Pacific Stars & Stripes in Tokyo, Japan, and was a copy desk editor and copy desk chief at Stripes, as well as working on the night desk of The Associated Press in Tokyo. He returned to the University of Kansas and completed his university degree work. After graduation, he was a desk editor for the Ontario, California newspaper and then went back to the Midwest and radio and television reporting in the Kansas City area. He went to WDAF-Radio and Television in Kansas City in 1958, working as a reporter and anchor of prime time television newscasts. John frequently reported for NBC and, in 1962, won the network’s “Earl Godwin Award” for his reports. He was assigned by the network to its London bureau and worked with NBC’s senior European correspondent, Joseph C. Harsch, and with Robert MacNeil, who later was co-host of the MacNeil-Lehrer Report on PBS. John covered stories in England and in Germany during some of the tense times of the Berlin wall. When he returned to Kansas City, he was named assistant news director and later news director of WDAF-TV. He left that station at the time of an ownership change and came to Cleveland. When he left Kansas City, the mayor and city council gave him a “key to the city.” When he first arrived in Cleveland, John asked the Channel 61 news director, “What kind of a town is this?” The news director paused and then answered, “It’s a good town for news.” Later, John said, “He was right: it wasn’t a ‘good news’ town at that time, but it was a good town for news.” He was a reporter through the city’s bad days, including its period of default, and during many of its good days as “the new American city.” After his retirement, John was honored by his induction in 1995 into Silver Circle by the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Silver Circle Awards, in the words of the Academy, recognize individuals who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry and who also have made a significant contribution to the Cleveland broadcast community. John often said that as important to him as his broadcasting work was, it was not so important as his family and his church. He and his wife, Carol, are members of Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village. John was a lay reader and Eucharistic minister at Bethesda. Often, in the absence of the pastor, he would preach at services, “always,” he was quick to add, “with a sermon outline and a lot of guidance from the pastor.” Surviving John is his beloved wife of 27 years, Carol Ann. Loving father of Mark (Carol), Bradley (Corrine), Steven, Laurie (Michael), David (Eva), Paul, and Donna (Nino). Dearest Grandfather of Ian, Kailie, Danielle, Brian, Paige, Matthew, Zachary, Sydney, Stephanie, and Nino. Loving brother of Robert (Loita). The family will receive friends at the Jenkins Funeral Chapel, 2914 Dover Center Road, Westlake, OH 44140, Friday 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Funeral Service will be held Saturday at 10:00 am at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church, 28607 Wolf Road, Bay Village, OH 44140. Memorial Contributions may be made to Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church or The Huntington Playhouse, 28601 Lake Road, Bay Village, OH 44140. We have more details about John on our Director's Cut blog. You can also leave a comment about him there.

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