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Issue Date: February 2010

Singles Out: Dawn Kendrick

Edited by Kim Schneider; Stories by Emily Garvey, Lauren Hennen, Christina Ipavec, Kristin Majcher, Rebecca Meiser, Brittany Moffat, Beth Stallings, Carly Toyzan and Aaron Yeager
Dawn Kendrick, 39
Reporter, 19 Action News 
The perfect date: One where he doesn’t leave before it’s over. I think a perfect date is one that’s both casual and simple. I like going to a restaurant The Strip in Avon.

Something most people don’t know about me: I shook Ronald Reagan’s hand when I was 7 years old.

My cell phone: I have a BlackBerry. I still don’t know how to use it.

Biggest turn-on: When you can tell that a guy loves God and his mom. That’s going to get you past the first date.

Biggest turnoff: Wimpy handshakes, man jewelry and loud grunters at the gym.

I own too many: Shoes, shoes, shoes and more shoes. My mom tells me, “We raised two kids on less money than you make.” I said, “Yeah, but your shoes weren’t nearly as cute as mine.”

My favorite … place in Cleveland: I spend a ton of time in the Metroparks. I roller blade there, I bike there, I run there. I also love sitting by the lake with a good book. … sports team: St. Louis Cardinals. I’m from St. Louis. I lived there when Mark McGwire hit the home run record. That happened right before I moved here, in fact. …  book: The bible. I also love Tuesdays with Morrie. It’s a good manual to read for life perspectives, and it’s very well-written. … vacation destination: I love Charleston, S.C. I was born there, and I’ve gone back there once. I love the antebellum styles and the quaint, old-school feel of the place. … dessert: The bread pudding at Sushi Rock. I’ve never had anything like it. It’s nothing at all like your grandmother’s bread pudding. … blog: It’s written by my dear friend who I love like a sister. She anchors the morning news in Columbus and gives funny insights into being a parent. 

Facebook: yes or no? I just recently got on. I fought it tooth and nails for years because it reminds me of high school: “Can you be my friend?” I’m like: “You weren’t even nice in real life!” I also don’t like this Facebook tagging because I don’t get to pick the pictures!

My usual hangout: I go to Sushi Rock quite a bit — the irony is I don’t like sushi. I order their spinach rolls, or their salmon, or bread pudding.

In high school I was … voted most friendly and personality. Plus ironically my first love, Brian, and I were voted cutest couple, which is funny because now I’m doing a singles interview.

My passion: Telling stories about people to people. I love finding good stories that are moving and compelling and insightful. I’m lucky I get paid to do it.

My best feature: My personality. I can pretty much get along with just about anyone.

My bad habit: I snack too much. I’ve got a sweet tooth.

My first kiss: It was in eighth grade, and it was not all it was cracked up to be.

My guilty pleasure: Spending too much money on sales at DSW. I know I don’t need another pair of shoes, but there’s something about finding a great pair at 75 percent off that just makes me so happy.

How my ex would describe me: Outgoing, warm, compassionate toward kids and elderly, and an animal lover

Blonds or brunets: Definitely dark

Going out or staying in: Staying in — 100 times over, staying in. A perfect New Year’s Eve, for me, is hanging out with my friends and their kids and playing Wii. I spend all day under three layers of makeup. When I get home, I want to relax.

Early, late or right on time: I’m going to have to go with late. I’d be lying if I said anything else. It’s my New Year’s resolution this year to be on time more though that was my resolution last year, too.

Dogs or cats: I love them both. Ironically, I’m allergic to both though it doesn’t stop me from owning them. I have a huge soft spot for abandoned and neglected animals.

My longest relationship: Four and a half years. It was with one of the greatest guys I know.

Beer, wine or martinis: Wine — unless I’m out on a boat on a summer day — then beer for sure.

Roses or chocolates: Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. I have a huge sweet tooth.

My No. 1 dating rule: Just to keep it real. In general, it’s not a good idea to have too many rules.

My deal-breaker: He has to love kids. He has to have soft spot for kids and animals. Bonus points if he has older relatives he treats well.

I hate when a date orders … seafood. I can’t even look at seafood.

Worst pickup line: “Do I know you from somewhere?”

If you could marry anyone: Ben Stiller. He’s like the guy version of me.

On a first date I never … eat what I really want to. I order salad with no dressing. Then I come home and have cheesecake.

Best place to meet someone: The best place to meet someone is doing stories — just not the jailhouse interviews.

Most unusual place I’ve met someone: At the Feast [of the Assumption] in Little Italy. I was reporting on the parade, and down came this really handsome guy on a float. He was like, “What are you doing after the parade? Want to have dinner?” We did end up having dinner.

My take on Cleveland’s single scene: It is what you make it. I get sick and tired of people saying it’s terrible. What I say to them is move. I think there are plenty of good people here just like everywhere else. It’s up to you to find them.
Monday, February 01, 2010 6:50:09 PM by Anonymous
dawn you have a fantastic smile. i watch you on channel 19 news and you seem ti be smiling all the time. I like the guys comment at the feast. so i will use his line. We should have dinner sometime. email me at and we can converse in detail. thanks for your time and keep SMILIN.
Friday, October 22, 2010 6:43:55 AM by Anonymous
I think Dawn Kendrick you're the best reporter ever. When I saw you on my way to college I thought to myself "can I get an autograph" LOL
Saturday, January 22, 2011 11:40:05 AM by Joe Bryan, Corporal of Marines
Dawn, You were the best news girl ever in central Missouri. Just wanted to let you know we still miss you. Semper Fidelis & Stay Motivated, Cpl B.,
Thursday, February 03, 2011 2:41:09 PM by Tom Rafferty Jr
Dawn: I haven't seen you on 19 in awhile. Hope everything is okay. You were always a bright spot inhe
the news. You were a pleasure to watch. I wish you all the luck in the world. I first met you in Akron at a Massillon, Oh. Police Officers funeral.
Friday, January 09, 2015 6:20:02 PM by Paul Paloney
Why did you leave action 19 news and go to channel 3 news?
Saturday, March 28, 2015 8:11:22 AM by Anonymous
I just noticed that Dawn was on Channel 3 news in Cleveland Ohio. When did Dawn leave 19 Action News?
Thursday, April 28, 2016 7:32:00 PM by Jim Kickel
Dawn I think your gorgeous. Love to meet for coffee or lunch. Love kids and dogs.

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