Leon Bibb Will Emcee Walk to Remember 2016

WEWS NewsChannel 5 anchor Leon Bibb, one of Ohio's most respected news reporters, is this year's June 12 Walk to Remember Master of Ceremonies. The Walk will again be held at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Bibb holds a special connection to Hospice of the Western Reserve, who cared for his mother several years ago.

He has not forgotten the experience and in a video recounting his experience (seen right), said he was grateful his mother had a hospice worker holding her hand when she died in the early morning hours. He arrived after her passing and said the family was able to hold an impromptu funeral service. "We prayed and talked about her and told stories," he said in the video.

Bibb will emcee Walk to Remember 2016 which draws thousands of participants each year. Proceeds support special programs for patients and their loved ones who are not covered by Medicare or private insurance. The day includes a pass to the Zoo and Rainforest, live music, entertainment, snacks and drinks.. (Visit the Walk to Remember page for full details.)

A Storied Career

Bibb, who holds the distinction of being Ohio's first African American news anchor, has a long and storied past in the news. Nominated many times for local Emmy awards, Bibb has received the Emmy six times for his news reports. In 2014, the Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation named Leon as its "Professional of the Year."

The veteran journalist and broadcaster sometimes jokes that he began "delivering" the news at age 11 as a paperboy in Cleveland.

Currently, he anchors NewsChannel 5 at noon and NewsChannel 5's weekly public affairs program, Kaleidoscope. His continuing series of reports, "My Ohio with Leon Bibb" which airs several times each week on WEWS NewsChannel 5, has earned widespread journalistic acclaim.

In 2011, Bibb interviewed President Barack Obama in a one-on-one interview at the White House, and previously interviewed President George H. W. Bush in the White House. He also had an opportunity to interview Neil Armstrong 10 years after Armstrong walked on the moon.

In 1978, Bibb interviewed James Earl Ray, convicted assassin Martin Luther King Junior in Ray's prison cell at Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary in Tennessee. It is believed to be Ray's only interview with a local television news reporter. 

Bibb is a U.S. Army veteran  and served a full tour of duty in the war in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service. In 1996, Gov. George Voinovich appointed Bibb to the Board of Trustees of Bowling Green State University. He served nine years as a trustee, including one year as the chairman of the board.    

Sign up today to join Walk to Remember 2016 – www.hospicewr.org/walk.

​Walk to Remember 2016 is Sunday, June 12

Find out more and register today at Hospicewr.org/walk

 


"Thank you for being there."

Leon Bibb talks about his mother--and Hospice of the Western Reserve.