Beth Thames, Activist of the Year

Congratulations, Beth!

Beth Thames worked for Sherrod Brown for nearly 22 years. First as his District Director when he served in the House of Representatives and then as his Deputy State Director when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. She retired in January.

During her years of public service, her work focused on the needs of constituents of Lorain County as well as health care policy for all Ohioans. She also served as a liaison between the state staff and Washington D.C. staff members. Before her work in government, she spent 20 years as a newspaper journalist as an editor and reporter for daily newspapers in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Ohio. She was the Metro Editor at the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria before she joined Brown’s office.

Beth spent more than two years living in the Middle East where she was an editor for an English-language newspaper, The Arab Times in Kuwait. She also worked as a freelance reporter for Associated Press and wrote first-hand accounts of the invasion of Kuwait in August 1990.

Born in southeastern Pennsylvania, Beth grew up on a farm and graduated from Pennsylvania State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. As a college student, she worked for the student newspaper and completed a foreign studies program at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England.

She has one son and lives in Cleveland Heights.

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