Mrs. Elise Jesse
WLWT, Cincinnati
Weekend Sports Anchor
Sports Reporter

Mr. Wade Linville
Sports Editor
Brown County Press
Ripley Bee
News Democrat

In 1991, the Ohio High School Athletic Association initiated a program entitled the Sportsmanship, Ethics, and Integrity Program.  One aspect of the program was to honor those special individuals who bring great recognition to our high schools, coaches, and especially, our athletes through media's different forms.  Each of Ohio's six athletic districts was asked to put a process in place to gather nominations of individuals who fit this special category.  Our 2018 Media Award Recipients are Mrs. Elise Jesse and Mr. Wade Linville.

Mrs. Elise Jesse, Weekend Sports Anchor / Sports Reporter at WLWT, Cincinnati, Ohio.  Starting in 2013, she has covered the OHSAA State Football Championships.  She co-anchors and produces the Blitz 5 Tailgate show that features the biggest football game on Friday nights.  She covers the Bengals, Reds, Bearcats, Musketeers, Wildcats, and Flyers, as she travels to cover March madness.  She also produces a thirty-minute weekly show entitled Sports Rock.  Elise is married to husband Mike.  Elise was born and raised on the west side of Cincinnati and claims that West Siders never leave. 

Mr. Wade Linville presently serves as the Sports Editor for the Brown County Press, Ripley Bee, and News Democrat.  His responsibility is to cover sports in all Brown County high schools.  He has won numerous awards featuring best sports photographs, has been recognized by the Ohio Senate for Outstanding Attainment in sports journalism, and in 2014, won second place, the Hooper Award, given by the Ohio Newspapers Association.  He regularly participates in the selection of the Brown County Male and Female Athlete of the Week.  Mr. Linville is married to wife, Sharon, and they have two children:  daughter, Kayla, and son, Christian.


Since the inception of this award, the following individuals have been honored as Media Service Recipients by the members of the Southwest District Athletic Board:

1997-98:        Ted Landis, Brookville Star; Warren Johnson, WPFB Radio, Middletown
1998-99:        Dave Long, Dayton Daily News; Duane Bachman, WPTW Radio, Piqua
1999-2000:    Don McDermott, Greenville Daily; Dave Schutte, Cincinnati Enquirer
2000-2001:    Mike Hartsock, WHIO TV, Dayton; Mark Huber, Wilmington News
2001-2002:    Kert Radel, WMOH Radio, Hamilton; Bill Liermann, WSWO Radio, Wilmington
2002-2003:    Jack Gordan, WPFB Radio, Middletown; Joe Neves, WPTW, Piqua
2003-2004:    Tom Gambel, DSA Sports, Cincinnati; John Popovich, WCPO Radio, Cincinnati
2004-2005:    Omar Williams, WHIO-TV, Retired; Ron Jackson, Dayton Daily News; Guy Fogle, WHIO TV
2005-2006:    Roger Barger, WKFI WSWO Sabina; Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati Enquirer
2006-2007:    Tom Archdeacon, Dayton Daily News; Ken Barhorst, Sidney Daily News
2007-2008:    Sonny Fulks, WPTW,; Jerry Nardiello, Middletown Journal
2008-2009:    Enos Pennington, ; Richard Crawford, The Clermont Suns Newspaper
2009-2010:    Chick Ludwig; Jack Pohl, WDTN-Channel 2 Sports Director.
2010-2011:    Mike Dyer, Cincinnati Enquirer; Ron Nunnari, Englewood Independent
2011-2012:    Scott Ward, WTGR, Greenville; Jack Kramer,
2012-2013:    Dirk Allen; George Vogel
2013-2014:    Mark Slaughter, WCPO-Channel 9; Rob Kiser, Piqua Daily Call.
2014-2015:    Matt Hammond, Bellefontaine Examiner; Eric Frantz, J.J. Huddle
2015-2016:    Marc Pendleton, Dayton Daily News; Rick Cassano, Cox Media Group
2016-2017:    Debbie Juniewicz, Cox Publications (Dayton Daily News, Springfield & Middletown newspapers); David Fong, Troy Daily News, Piqua Daily Call, Sidney Daily Call
2017-2018:    Elise Jesse, WLWT, Cincinnati; Wade Linville, Brown County Press, Ripley Bee, News Democrat.