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Cleveland trailblazer Mark Naymik joins WKYC Studios

'I look forward to hearing from WKYC's viewers and readers and promise to listen first -- and then ask a ton of questions on their behalf.'
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CLEVELAND — The WKYC family is growing once again. We're thrilled to announce that journalist Mark Naymik is joining our team.

"As part of our continuing effort to engage highly talented, uniquely Cleveland voices who reflect the dynamic and diverse culture of our city, we are excited to welcome Mark Naymik to WKYC," said Micki Byrnes, President and General Manager for WKYC Channel 3.

For nearly two decades, Naymik has covered Northeast Ohio’s biggest news makers -- the people, policies and institutions that have shaped our region. Time and time again, his reporting has been a catalyst for positive community change. From columns about the poor quality of Cleveland’s lakefront parks that pressured the city and state to turn over management to the Metroparks, to stories that brought to light the financial and real estate details of Cleveland’s bid for Amazon’s second headquarters, Naymik's journalism has made a difference. And at times, his reporting sparked federal investigations, including one several years ago into the company that managed Cleveland’s JobCorps Center.

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"Though I started my journalism career more than 20 years ago with just a pen in my hand, I have come to rely on the power of broadcast and digital news platforms to cover and connect with our community in real time," Naymik said. "Channel 3 presents the best of both worlds. I can't wait to contribute to the WKYC team and play to try many new approaches to storytelling with enterprising and thorough reporting backing it up. I look forward to hearing from WKYC's viewers and readers and promise to listen first -- and then ask a ton of questions on their behalf."

Over the course of Naymik's career, he’s learned to interact with people from U.S. presidents to neighborhood activists and everyone in between. At the same time, the reception and delivery of news evolved and changed dramatically due to continuing advancements in technology.

”Mark’s experience, news sensibility and hunger for substantive journalism makes him a natural fit for WKYC,” said Adam Miller, Director of Content. “His in-depth reporting and impactful storytelling will continue to shine a light on the news and issues that matter most to the people of Northeast Ohio.”

Naymik grew up in Westlake with four brothers. His father was a Cleveland iron worker and his mother a checkout clerk at a grocery store. He graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in English and started his career at public relations firm Dix and Eaton before pursuing journalism. He worked at the Cleveland Free Times where he began to uncover and break some of the city’s biggest stories. In 2000, he joined The Plain Dealer to cover politics and government and in 2013, he became a reporter and columnist for Cleveland.com.

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Naymik has appeared as a commentator on local and national television and radio programs. He’s collaborated on three documentary films, including “The Girlfriends Club,” named Best Ohio Short at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival, and "The Ocularist," which screened in November 2016 at the St. Louis International Film Festival and aired on Cleveland's WVIZ public television station on April 2017. This January, he was named one of Cleveland’s Most Interesting People by Cleveland Magazine.

In his free time, Naymik enjoys spending time with his wife, writer and professor Jacqueline Marino, and their two daughters, Stella (15) and Charlotte (11). His hobbies include home improvement, mountain biking and snowboarding. Naymik and his family live in Northfield.