Tenessa Gonzalez-Jennings ’98


“This is everything – to be recognized for all my hard work. Sometimes you don’t realize all of your accomplishments because you are always in grind mode. Always up against the odds, this accolade truly shows I’ve been setting myself up for success since I was young. I wish my grandparents were alive to see this moment. They loved me unconditionally and always pushed me to be the best. I can’t even describe how happy I am to be recognized by Cleveland Heights High School for my accomplishments.”

“A person’s success in life can usually be measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations he or she is willing to have.” ~ Timothy Ferriss

Tenessa is an Emmy-Award winning executive producer for E.W. Scripps Company and garnered the prestigious National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence in Television in 2021. To get to the top of her field, Tenessa propelled herself towards a fast-paced trip around the country working at numerous stations acquiring essential skills and expertise. Many watched and marveled as she remained connected to home, stayed committed to training the next generation of broadcast journalists, and broke barriers.

Tenessa began her career in Cleveland as an intern at 19 Action News while attending the Ohio Center for Broadcasting. After graduating, she was promoted to a full-time production assistant/weekend graphic artist. A year later, she was named digital reporter/producer. After this role, Tenessa started moving around and up. Her first stop was Columbia, South Carolina for a two-year stint as a community web producer/reporter. After winning a scholarship, she attended the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, and one year later she assumed her first executive producer role in Great Falls, Montana. After six months, Tesessa was hired away by Scripps as a weekend executive producer in Fort Myers. Two years later, she was promoted to produce WEWS News 5 back in Cleveland. Once her two-year contract was up, she was named executive producer at TEGNA’s San Antonio station. From there, she returned to Ohio to be Nexstar Media’s executive producer in Columbus. Before returning to Scripps in 2022 to assume her current position, Tenessa served as the director of programming and public affairs at Heart in West Palm Beach.


Ohio Center for Broadcasting

Current Occupation

Executive Producer, KGTV 10 News San Diego

  • Emmy and Associated Press Award winning Executive Producer
  • NABJ (National Association of Black Journalists) Salute to Excellence Winner for Docuseries, “The Conversation” (2021)
  • SCBA (South Carolina Broadcasters Association) winner of scholarship to attend The Poynter Institute of Journalism (2013)
  • Instructor at the Ohio Media School College
  • First Female Spit-boxing (battle rap) Champion in the State of Ohio
  • Nominated for Ohio Hip Hop Awards, Best Female MC (2008)