NewsChannel 5 anchor Homa Bash and her husband, Daniel Ball, both have last names synonymous with “party” — and the newlyweds, whose wedding hashtag was the simple but apt #BashBall, are already embracing a celebratory life together.
The couple met during the 2015 NBA Finals, just one year before all of Cleveland celebrated the Cavaliers’ championship win. Prior to Game 5, Bash, then a nightside reporter for NewsChannel 5, was working on a story about the city of Cleveland’s readiness for the possibility of a Cavs championship. Unfortunately for her, Ball was the assistant director of media relations for the mayor’s office and had been given strict orders not to give too many details.
At the end of the interview, Ball left the room to grab a business card — and Bash turned to her photographer to complain. “I was like, ‘That was one of the worst interviews. I can’t use any of that! He was terrible,’ ” she says. “And my photographer goes, ‘But look how cute he was! Why don’t you ask him out?’ ”
By fall 2015, they were officially a couple. But a year into their relationship, they hit a snag: Bash was offered her dream job working at a news station in Dallas. When she moved, they began a year of long-distance dating with Ball eventually hoping to join her.
“After a year of being there, I realized I liked Cleveland better,” says Bash. So, in August 2017, exactly one year after she left Ohio, Bash returned.
“There was an implicit agreement that if she came back, we were going to get engaged,” Ball says.