Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland names Wood to communications post

Ken Wood

Ken Wood, whose work as a journalist earned top national, state and regional honors, has been named the new communications director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland.

Wood comes to the organization from the nonprofit Western Reserve Land Conservancy, where he served as director of communications and marketing since 2008 and was responsible for all internal and external communications, including publications, news releases, media relations, social media and the revamping of the organization’s website. In 2013, he co-authored, with fellow Land Conservancy staffer Liz Mather, Common Ground, the first comprehensive report on all land conservation in northern Ohio.

At BGCC, he will guide the nonprofit’s internal and external communications.

“I am passionate about the work we do here at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland and look forward to telling our story,” Wood said. “The work is important – our clubs strengthen communities and save lives.”

Wood had a 25-year career as a journalist with Sun News, where he served as the chain’s head enterprise writer, an editor-level position in which he wrote investigative stories and in-depth features in addition to coaching reporters and doing on-air collaborative stories with media partner WKYC-TV. His reporting was recognized nationally when he was honored as the Suburban Journalist of the Year for the United States and Canada.

In addition, Wood was an 11-time national award-winner for in-depth and feature reporting and was honored 19 times by The Press Club of Cleveland for investigative, breaking news, feature, public service and sports reporting in that organization’s statewide competition.

Wood is a graduate of Strongsville High School and Bowling Green State University, where he majored in journalism. He has been a youth baseball coach for more than 15 years and founded the Lawrence School Fall Instructional Baseball League for teens that had either quit the sport or never learned to play.

He lives in Brunswick with his wife, Debbie, and their son Brandon.

Founded in 1954, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland serves nearly 8,000 youths in Cleveland’s inner-city neighborhoods, Cleveland Heights, East Cleveland and Garfield Heights. The clubs provide a safe place for children to learn and grow, to develop ongoing relationships with caring adult professionals, to engage in life-enhancing programs and to create a culture of hope and opportunity.

BGCC’s mission is to inspire and enable young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.