When we turn on the TV to check our local news day or night, we see the familiar faces we’ve grown to trust. While we might recognize these individuals and maybe even feel we know them, there’s a lot more to learn about these local journalists. Zeinab Cheaib, reporter for WTOL, recently shared a bit more about herself, her role as a journalist, and her newest role as a mom.
Living her dream in her hometown
While some TV reporters have to move across the country to find a position, Cheaib was fortunate to find a job in her hometown. She was born and raised in Toledo and never left. Cheaib graduated from Whitmer High School, and then attended college at The University of Toledo, where she studied communication focusing on broadcast journalism. She has since fulfilled her dream of becoming a local reporter with her work at WTOL.
“That’s the beauty of Toledo. You don’t have to leave to live your dream,” explained Cheaib.
Her favorite part about being a journalist is meeting new people.
“Everyone has a story, and I’m blessed to be in a position where I can share unique and interesting stories with the world. That’s what got me into journalism. I love meeting people and getting to know them,” Cheaib said.
Life as a mom
This past fall, WTOL viewers likely noticed that Cheaib took an absence from the television screen. In September, she gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Elissar (Elise for short). This newest role is one that Cheaib adores.
“I absolutely love watching my baby grow. She looks completely different from when she was first born, and I get to be there through all her firsts.”
But the job of “mom” naturally comes with challenges, Cheaib said. “The biggest challenge is figuring everything out. She’s my first baby, so it was hard, but I think I’m getting the hang of it…I hope,” she laughed.
Cheaib shared that the best piece of advice she has for other new moms is to not be afraid to ask for help. “There’s no way I would be able to do everything by myself without the help of my family, especially my mom.”
Q&A with Zeinab Cheaib
What is your favorite thing about living in Toledo?
My favorite thing about Toledo is my family! Toledo is a great place to live, raise a family, find a job, and get a good education.
What is your favorite dinner spot in the area?
Ummmm I have to pick one? I would say J. Alexander’s, but if you want a dinner with a view, definitely Real Seafood at The Docks. Oh wait! There’s also The Heights! I just can’t pick one!
If you could change one thing in this world right now, what would it be?
If I had the ability to change one thing about this world, it would be for everyone to have access to clean water.
What’s your favorite way to spend a free day?
Believe it or not, the perfect day would be relaxing at home and watching a good movie!
Do you have a favorite TV show?
I love watching TV. There are so many good shows, so if you have Netflix recommendations send them my way!
What type of music is your favorite?
I love all kinds of music, but I can’t get into country.
What was the last really good book you’ve read?
Does poetry count? If so, try 2am Thoughts.
What do you enjoy the most about being a mom?
Endless cuddles and hugs!
Where are you most excited to take Elissar when she gets older?
I CAN’T WAIT to see her reaction when she goes to Disney for the first time!