Former Youngstown TV reporter Sharon Rae North is about to release her first full-length CD, according to the Vindicator.

The Ohio native and YSU graduate, who was seen on WYTV-TV (33) in the early 1990s, works full-time for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. But in her spare time, North writes and performs with jazz bands around the area.

“Singing is my absolute passion, and it’s the talent God gave me,” she tells the Vindy. “It’s always been a huge part of my life. As long as I can sing, everything is all right!”