Cheryl Dickson-Walker


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.

One comment on “Cheryl Dickson-Walker

  1. I just discovered your site and your work. At last, someone in Ohio who knows of the connection between ALS and HABs, and is sharing this important information. Citizens should be told, and be alarmed, and supporting steps to remedy the problem.

    While the initial Dartmouth studies showing a correlation between ALS and HABs weren’t given proper attention, the link is certain. THe mechanisms, or causation in the body, are yet to be understood, but the causes of these blooms are well known.

    Here’s a National Institute of Health peer reviewed science paper from January 2014 that confirms the correlation between toxic waters and ALS. Cyanobacteria blooms are increasing, and this is an emerging public health matter the public needs to be informed of.

    Here’s the link to the NIH paper, and quoting from it:

    Mapping amyotrophic lateral sclerosis lake risk factors

    “Evidence has shown potential linkages between water quality, cyanobacteria, and ALS clusters [9]. Cyanobacteria are ubiquitous throughout all ecosystems and are particularly noxious when anthropogenic eutrophication of water bodies causes large concentrations to form “blooms”. Cyanobacteria are well-known to produce acute and chronic toxins that have human health implications, including cylindrospermopsins, lyngbyatoxins, anatoxins, lipopolysaccharide endotoxins and beta methyl-amino-alanine (BMAA) [11]. The 50- to 100-fold higher incidence of ALS documented amongst the Chamorro people of Guam implicated the cyanobacterial neurotoxin BMAA found in components of their diet [9,12-14].

    The examination of other ecosystems has demonstrated the presence of BMAA in fish and crustaceans in the human food chain in Florida, Chesapeake Bay, France and Sweden [15-18]. BMAA has been demonstrated to be concentrated in the brains of ALS patients (but not controls) in Florida [19] and to be mis-incorporated into neuronal proteins via the L-serine tRNA-synthetase system [20-22]. Clusters of ALS have been reported near cyanobacterial bloom outbreaks in France, Japan, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin [23-27]. Caller et al. [28] shows a statistically significant 2.3-fold increased incidence of ALS in subjects residing within 0.5 miles of a New Hampshire lake that experienced cyanobacteria blooms. Potential routes of exposure include aerosolization, dermal contact, ingestion of water, and dietary exposure through the aquatic food web. The Baltic Sea suffers extensive cyanobacterial blooms generating BMAA as well as bottom-dwelling animals that contain BMAA and are a human food source [18].

    The NY Times has reported on all the un-inspected seafood coming in from China, farmed in toxic waters, and in our markets. Another exposure pathway that isn’t being regulated.

    I am interested in your documentary, which is how I read of your work on the HAB issue, in the recent Star Beacon article.

    Keep up the good work. Georgia needs your help in waking up to this emerging calamity, too.

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