Deena Centofanti is an Emmy award winning anchor/reporter who specializes in health reporting and anchors "The Nine".
Here is how she describes her entire life in a few paragraphs.
Where are you from?
Why is that simple question so complicated?
I spent my early childhood in a Norman Rockwell-like town; Hudson, Ohio.
I remember ice cream socials, a town square with a gazebo, and the exciting controversy that came when McDonald's wanted to build on the outskirts of the village.
In 8th grade we moved to a suburb of Cincinnati- moving at that time, did conjure up all the angst of a John Hughes movie.
I have a brother with special needs and throughout my teens I felt like I was walking a tightrope, trying to balance being a proud sister while quietly blending into the crowd.
After high school I was thrilled to attend Miami (of Ohio) University where I studied broadcast journalism. My mother Marsha is full of compassion and my dad Joe is a great story teller, I was hoping to tap into both those skills and make a difference by telling other people's stories.
In 1990 it was a humble start to my tv career at WSYX in Columbus, Ohio. I was making $5 an hour, doing any job they gave me. This is where I became very close friends with a production director, Keith.
As I moved on to slightly higher paying jobs, Keith did too. At times there were many miles between us, but we always felt like a team. Finally in 1996, we got married- and that was just the beginning of many blessings.
In 1997, I landed the opportunity of a lifetime, the chance to work in Detroit at Fox 2 news. Initially my work life here was really challenging; getting to know a new city, new people, figuring out how to generate sources and stories. As my work life was hard, my personal life was rewarding.
In 1999 I became a mom- and that little boy introduced me to a new level of love.
I stayed up late researching everything I could after how to raise a healthy, happy child. That's when I got the opportunity to be the health reporter.
I didn't take it lightly at the time, and this is still a job I consider to be an honor and a challenge.
As my work life blossomed so did my family. I gave birth to a daughter in 2002 and then another baby girl in 2005. My three children keep me fulfilled beyond words-as they often keep me humble as well.
In my more than 2 decades at Fox 2 I have met so many incredible people, they share personal stories of hardship, tragedy, bad fortune… to help the rest of us learn and grown. I've cried with women facing advanced breast cancer, I've stood with parents who, with pride and tears, watch their disabled children ride a custom bike for the first time, and I've felt the despair of a family suddenly facing a devastating loss that no one saw coming.
Whether it's joy or pain, when we're willing to learn about each other’s experiences and share our stories, you start to realize were all more alike than we are different.
As I reflect, I am so thankful for 2 things; our Fox 2 viewers and my Fox 2 family, both have given me years of support, wisdom, laughter and love .
So when you ask 'where are you from'? I'd say, right here.
The latest from Deena Centofanti
Pool safety: How to prevent drowning this summer
According to the CDC, drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children between the ages of 1 and 4. On average, nearly 4,000 people lose their lives to drowning each year, equating to approximately 11 drowning deaths every day.
Telestroke services evaluations allow experts to check patients virtually
Stroke is a leading cause of lifelong disability and affects about 800,000 Americans each year. While diagnosing a stroke quickly is key, it can be tough in a crowded emergency room, leading many hospitals to turn to telestroke services.
Why regular blood sugar screenings are important
Elevated blood sugar can lead to diabetes and impact your entire body, meaning that regular blood sugar screenings are important.
Blood pressure is a silent killer - do you know your number?
"That day, my blood pressure was like 158 over 88," she said. "And my co-worker looked at me and said, 'You need to call your doctor now, and go to the hospital now.'"
Melanoma Monday: Your skin tells a story of sun damage; full body exams should be yearly
Those carefree moments in the sun eventually leave a permanent trail of clues - there are moles, or are they freckles, or are they just brown spots? And the biggest question is, are they cancerous?
Unique chair provides important new vertigo treatment
Vertigo can be a disturbing feeling and sometimes finding the cause is just as hard as finding treatments. Someone who has experienced this for years is FOX 2's Jennifer Hammond - and she may have found it in a very unusual chair.
What happened to Damar Hamlin? Doctor explains cardiac arrest after Buffalo Bills player collapses on field
Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin collapsed on the field Monday night after he suffered cardiac arrest.
How to make an easy and trendy Brunch Board with Chef Kelli
Pancakes, bagels, waffles and breads with your favorite butters, dips and spreads!
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month - here's what men need to know
We spoke with urologist Dr. Michael Lutz who says the first step comes with knowing your numbers.
Volunteers needed for University of Michigan study of link between environment, risk of health problems
The University of Michigan is seeking volunteers for a long-term study on how the environment impacts the risk of developing health problems, such as cancer.