LORAIN — Viewers of WKYC-TV Channel 3’s “News Today” show may see a familiar face on air.
That’s because Lorain native Tiffany Tarpley will be joining the show Monday.
Tarpley, the daughter of Namon and Linda Tarpley, said returning to Northeast Ohio has always been her plan.
“I’ve always wanted to work in Cleveland,” she said. “Ever since I started my journey in TV news, Cleveland was my ultimate goal. One of the exciting things about this is I’m finally where I want be, telling the stories that really affect people I know and about the city I grew up in.”
Tarpley, who graduated from Lorain Admiral King High School in 1998, attended Lorain County Community College for two years before transferring to Bowling Green State University. She graduated in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in sociology. After graduating, she worked in television news in Toledo and Lima before landing a job at WDJT-TV/CBS58 in Milwaukee.
Tarpley will work alongside anchors John Anderson and Hollie Strano at WKYC during the 4:30 to 7 a.m. show.
“This is my first time working on a morning show full-time, so I’m getting a lot of advice from different people,” she said. “Some people say to get off of work and stay up and maybe go to bed at 6 or 7 p.m. I may try to take some naps and go to bed at 8 or 9.”
As a multimedia journalist, Tarpley will be reporting for the morning shows, whether it’s breaking news, looking ahead to something going on that day or being out in the field.
“You get to know more about your community in a different way,” Tarpley said about working in Cleveland. “You go to many different communities and meet so many different people.”
Right now Tarpley is looking forward to seeing her family.
“In this business, you go to work on holidays, weekends,” she said. “You work different shifts. Being back in Cleveland, even if I’m working Thanksgiving, I’ll probably be able to stop in to eat. I haven’t really been able to see my family on a consistent basis. I’m really looking forward to that.”
So is her family. Linda Tarpley couldn’t be happier.
“We will finally be able to turn on the television and see her on TV,” her mother said. “The tapes she has sent us have been really good, but to see her face? That will really be a blessing.”
The young Tarpley didn’t always have aspirations to be on television. Her mother recalls she wanted to be a pediatrician.
A black history program at Lorain Admiral King may have changed that, Linda Tarpley said.
“She had to recite a poem by Maya Angelou,” she said. “She was a little nervous at first, but I think getting up in front of everyone took away all of her fear. It led to more speaking opportunities at church. And I really think that’s what started it.”
The retired Giant Eagle employee says her customers heard about Tiffany ever since she was born, and they often asked about her over the years. Even though she has been retired six years, she still runs in to former customers who ask if they will ever be able to see her on television.
It’s just about time for them to tune in.
“Now is her time to show her talents,” Linda Tarpley said. “God made all of this possible. Through much prayer, all of this is happening. Channel 3’s slogan is ‘believe in the possibility.’ It seems to us that through God, we are able to see the possibility now.”