In addition to our Master MC Mr. Wayne Wong, we also have a variety of MCs helping out at the festival, come and see them on stage! Returning as the Festival Master of Ceremonies is Wayne Wong. Wayne was raised in Cleveland and is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University. He is helping to develop future high efficiency space power systems as a technology project manager at the NASA Glenn Research Center and was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work. Wayne is also an artist and in the past, pursued his artistic passion as a comic book illustrator. He currently enthusiastically volunteers his time and energy to further the goals of the Cleveland Asian Festival. Joining Wayne to host the Festival at the two stages are a number of talented local media personalities.
Jason Nguyen comes back home to Cleveland from Fort Myers, Florida. He works at WKYC-TV as a Multi-Media Content Producer. Everyday Jason goes out and reports on the daily news you watch on Channel 3. Jason grew up in Cleveland and went to the University of Toledo, where he graduated with a degree in Communications with a focus in Broadcast Journalism. He’s excited to be back in the area and experience everything Cleveland has to offer. You can follow Jason and everything he does on Facebook, Jason Nguyen WKYC, or Twitter @FollowWIN
Melissa Reid joined the FOX 8 News team 2011 as a reporter in April, 2011. Before coming to FOX 8, Melissa worked at WTRF in Wheeling, WV and KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA as a reporter and producer, respectively. Melissa was born and raised south of Pittsburgh. She attended Bentworth High School and went on to study at Bethany College where she majored in broadcast journalism. She says her love for news came at an early age and lives to cover breaking news, as well as tell the unique and quirky stories. Melissa says that in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband Billy, and their dog, Miss Sophie Charlotte. She is also active in sports, including volleyball, golf, tennis, and softball. She also admits to having a mean shopping habit. Melissa is on Facebook and Twitter! Click on the links below to drop her a line and say hello!
Returning to the Cleveland Asian Festival is WKYC Channel 3 Weekend Evening Anchor Lynna Lai. Lynna was a guest MC during the inaugural Cleveland Asian Festival in 2010.
Lynna Lai, brings 18 years of broadcasting experience to WKYC Channel 3. She began her career at WMDB Channel 31, the CBS affiliate station in Peoria, Ill. She soon jumped to KGW Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in Portland, Ore. Her first Cleveland stint was at WJW Channel 8, where, in 1994, she became the first Asian-American reporter at a Northeast Ohio television station.
She left Channel 8 to work as an anchor and reporter at WTSP Channel 10, the Gannett-owned CBS affilliate in Tampa, Fla., and WSB Channel 2, the ABC affiliate in Atlanta, Ga. She also has been a freelance correspondent for ABC News and the BBC. She joined Channel 19 as an anchor and reporter in 2001.
The hiring of Lai was announced just a week after weekend news anchor Eric Mansfield confirmed that he is leaving Channel 3 after Memorial Day to become the executive director of university media relations at Kent State University. Mansfield has been with the station for 18 years.
“Lynna brings a wealth of experience to the table and will be a great asset to our news team,” Channel 3 news director Rita Andolsen was quoted saying in the Channel 3 statement. “She has strong anchoring and reporting skills and is passionate about telling the stories of our community.”
Lai has received Associated Press awards for news writing and feature reporting, and, in 2004, won an Emmy for spot news reporting.
Born in Chicago, Lai grew up in Louisiana. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where she was the recipient of the LSU Honor Scholarship and a National Merit Scholarship Award. But Lai says she has considered Cleveland her home since her parents moved here when she when she was a college freshman.
Before joining WKYC, Stephanie was a reporter for Central Florida News 13, the 24 hour-cable station in Orlando, Florida. There, she covered major stories like the Casey Anthony trial, the retirement of the shuttle program, and of course every tropical storm!
Stephanie has also worked as an anchor in both Wisconsin and Nebraska.
Stephanie started her broadcast journalism career back in college as an intern for WHDH in Boston. A curious person by nature, she knew a career that allowed her to ask questions for a living, was the one for her.
Stephanie says her favorite part of her job is being able to make a difference with each story she tells.
Stephanie credits her adventurous spirit to her upbringing. She was born in France, but soon after moved to Colorado, then California, and finally Massachusetts. She also spent a year living in Australia. Now, Stephanie calls Cleveland home and is embracing everything the city has to offer.
Stephanie is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology.
In her spare time, Stephanie loves to cook, travel, and stay active.
Stephanie wants to hear from you, whether it’s just to say ‘hi’ or to share a story idea.