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CLEVELAND — A Van Wert native collected an Emmy Award Saturday night. Allie Clifton, a 2006 graduate of Van Wert High School took home a statuette from The 45th Annual Lower Great Lakes Chapter Emmy Awards in Cleveland. Clifton, who is a sideline reporter for the Cleveland Cavaliers with FOX Sports Ohio, was part of the winning entry in the category entitled, Sporting event/game/live/unedited.

“Our award was the result of a collective effort made by our entire crew, including our producer, director, color, play-by-play. and my sideline work,” Clifton explained.

Clifton attended the awards ceremony Saturday night and was impressed by the experience.

“It was phenomenal,” she exclaimed. “It was my first time at the event. Last year I had an opportunity to be a presenter, but it was the same time as my bridal shower, so I couldn’t attend. This year I knew we were up for an Emmy, and I wanted to be there along with the rest of the FOX Sports Ohio Cavs broadcast team. It was a great experience to see what it takes to make TV news and sports what it is today.”

Clifton earned a Bachelor’s degree in sports analysis and communication from the University of Toledo while playing on the women’s basketball team for the Lady Rockets. She also obtained a Master’s in 2012 in communications. For the past two seasons, she’s been featured on FOX Sports Ohio’s Cavaliers’ broadcasts.

“I love it.” said Clifton. “Saturday night was one of those moments where I just sat there and looked at the years I’ve put in so far, really focusing on the two I’ve been with FOX Sports Ohio and the Cavaliers, and it’s just been a blessing. It’s been awesome, just an incredible ride so far with the daily challenges and working around the game at the highest level is something I truly enjoy. It has been a dream come true, so I can’t say anything but the best about what I’m doing.”

Although the season is over for the Cavaliers and nearly over for all the teams, Clifton is not slowing down. She continues to do her homework for her job, and it really feeds her enthusiasm for NBA basketball.

“I’m fully engaged in the NBA, not only during the season but also in the off-season,” she revealed. “I have rarely missed a playoff game. I’m always glued to the TV. We get daily sports scans and emails I can read up and stay up-to-date on all the players. Anything I can do to be around the game. One thing I’ve learned about this business, it doesn’t stop when the season stops.”



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