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FirstEnergy named top 50 Diversity Employer by Minority Engineer magazine

For the first time in company history, FirstEnergy Corp. has been designated as a Top 50 Diversity Employer by Minority Engineer™ magazine.

The rankings are determined based on a survey of randomly selected Minority Engineer readers who were asked to name the employers where they would most like to work or that they believe provide a positive working environment for members of minority groups.

“Our commitment to developing a diverse workforce, reflective of the communities we serve, is a core value at FirstEnergy,” said Christine L. Walker, FirstEnergy’s senior vice president, chief human resources officer and Corporate Services. “Much like the Black engineers who changed the way we live with novel inventions including the three-light traffic signal, refrigerated truck and automatic elevator door, FirstEnergy has many people of color leading engineering innovations in the electric industry. We applaud their work and thank them for their important contributions.”

As part of Black History Month, FirstEnergy recently highlighted the work of several minority engineers within the company’s external design and transmission engineering teams, including Amanda Turner, who was also featured and photographed for Minority Engineer ‘s Fall 2022 cover story.

The Minority Engineer honor marks the latest recognition of FirstEnergy’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. In the past three years alone, the company has been named as a leading diversity employer by G.I. Jobs magazine, Forbes, DiversityInc and the National Organization on Disability, with additional awards from the Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index, Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey (CIANJ), Crain’s Cleveland Business magazine and U.S. Veterans Magazine.

For more on FirstEnergy’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, visit

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Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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