Judd Cribbs was a writer, reporter and managing editor for 25 years before becoming a teacher. He has worked in radio, newspaper and television news. Cribbs won a regional Emmy award in 1994 at WLWT-TV in Cincinnati. Before working at the Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati television stations, Cribbs was an early digital news producer as a "teletext" writer and editor in the 1980s. He moved to Florida in 1998 to work at WINK-TV.