Amanda Berry, who was held captive for 10 years in Cleveland, will report on missing people and contribute features to WJW Channel 8’s newscasts in the city, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The first of her daily reports airs next week. Describing herself as “happy and healthy” during an appearance on the station yesterday, Berry said she is doing the reports because, “I want to give people hope.”
Abducted in 2003 and held captive for 10 years by Ariel Castro, Berry and two other kidnapped women, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, escaped on May 6, 2013. Berry’s primary duty at Channel 8 will be as host of the daily “Missing” feature. The segment reports the identity and provides details about a missing person from Northeast Ohio. A different missing person will be featured each day, Monday through Friday, with Berry’s “Missing” report airing on newscasts throughout the day. Berry will tell the individual story and circumstances of the missing person and how viewers can assist in helping local authorities find him or her. Castro, who was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 1,000 years, without the chance of parole, hanged himself in his prison cell in 2013.