Sunday, May 24, 2015

Cassandra Shofar


Born and raised in Parma Heights, I went to Bowling Green State University for my Bachelor of Science in Journalism Degree with a minor in psychology. While in college, I worked for the BG News student publication. Upon graduation in December of 2006, I worked at the Bowling Green Sentinel Tribune (daily) for eight months as part of a post-graduate paid internship while freelancing for the Fostoria Review Times. In May of 2007, I got a job with the Medina Gazette (daily, except Sunday) in Medina, Ohio. I covered Medina City (council, police, fire and schools), Buckeye Schools, Medina Township, Lafayette Township and Montville Township. In March of 2009, I got offered a position with the News Herald (daily) in Willoughby, Ohio, where I had interned during college. While there, I covered Geauga County schools, feature stories and Chester Township for a year before switching beats to cover western Lake County (Willoughby, Willoughby Hills, Wickliffe, Willowick and Eastlake). In August of 2011, I started at the Geauga County Maple Leaf covering several townships and schools including West Geauga, Berkshire, Cardinal, Ledgemont and Newbury. I was promoted to the position of news editor in early 2012. Today, I also serve as news editor for sister publications Chesterland News and the Kirtland Chronicle.
In my spare time, I enjoy creative writing — including poetry, short stories and short novels — as well as playing guitar, piano, sketching, kickboxing, Yoga and traveling. I am currently in training to become a certified Yoga instructor. Of Romanian decent, I love learning about various cultures and history and am part of an over 50-year-old, family-started Romanian dance group call the “Sezatoare.”