Cheryl Dickson-Walker is the president and Creative Director of Media Magic Productions, LLC. She brings to the business more than twenty-five years experience in television and radio broadcasting and journalism, video production for TV and web, traditional and social media marketing and management. In the past 10 years, Cheryl has scripted, produced and edited scores of corporate videos and documentaries, local television and radio commercials, concert and music videos, public relations, multimedia advertising and social media marketing campaigns, as well as dozens of television news, information and entertainment programs.
An accomplished violinist and composer, and a 1979 graduate of Northwestern University, in Evanston, Illinois, Dickson-Walker has 18 years experience producing television and radio newscasts at WJW-TV and WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio, WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania and WFUN/WREO radio in Ashtabula, Ohio. Her background includes almost all facets of TV and video production, including scriptwriting, video and audio editing, line producing, reporting, assignment planning and crew management, news and special event videography, graphic production and using newsroom computer systems. She has also worked as a freelance newspaper feature writer and photographer for the Gazette Publications in Ashtabula County, Ohio.
Cheryl has many years of experience in training new television producers, reporters, college and high school interns and other young journalists, and has written several training manuals for new employees. She also worked closely with television broadcast consultants from Frank Magid and Associates, Audience Research and Development and Media and Marketing. While at WJW, Dickson-Walker worked with its parent company, Gillett Communications, as a minority recruiter at national broadcast job fairs.
Over the past 25 years, Cheryl Dickson-Walker has been the recipient of many major awards for journalism. In 1987, Dickson won the national Radio-Television News Director’s Association’s Michele Clark Fellowship. Since then, she has won four Cleveland Emmy awards and ten Emmy nominations for shows she’s written and produced, and a national award from the National Association of Black Journalists for International News Coverage. She presently serves on the board of directors for Green Energy Ohio and the United Way of Ashtabula County and participates in the Ashtabula County Tourism Summit.