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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Kai Jackson

Kai Jackson - Special Correspondent

Kai Jackson is a veteran journalist with more than 27 years of experience covering local, national and international news as well as stories for affiliate and network television news. He's currently a national correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group. Previously he was an anchor and reporter for 20 years at WJZ-TV in Baltimore. He's covered some of the biggest stories of our day including the September 11th attack on America.
 
Jackson is the co-founder of a film company called DocYourmentary dedicated to telling unusual and untold stories of people and history.
 
He's a member of several professional organizations including; 
The Society of Professional Journalists
The National Association of Black Journalists
The International Documentary Association
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity

Kai received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from South Carolina State College. He received a Masters Degree in Film from American University. Kai is an avid gardener and reader and practices Shotokan Karate. He and his wife live in Maryland with their two daughters.




Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Kit Andrews

Kit Andrews - Anchor

Kit Andrews, a native of Seattle, WA, first came to Cincinnati in April 1981. She is currently the LOCAL 12 Anchor at Noon, 4pm and 5:30pm.

Kit is a graduate of Washington State University where she earned a BA in Communications and a Minor in History. While in college, Kit attended the University of London for one semester in 1977.

Kits interest in reporting began when she volunteered as an announcer at WSUs campus radio stations, KUGR and KWSU. Then in 1978, she worked as a videotape librarian at KIRO-TV in Seattle, WA. After that, Kit was hired as a reporter/producer/anchor by KHQ-TV in Spokane, WA. It was here that she gained most of her on-air experience. Kit then relocated to Cincinnati.

Kit spends her spare time with her husband, Mike; sons, Jake and Gus; and daughter, Maddy. She also enjoys running, reading, and keeping up with her children.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Liz Bonis

Liz Bonis - Anchor / Health Reporter

Liz Bonis is a registered dietitian, a certified personal trainer, and a diabetes educator with a Master of Science Degree in Public Communication & Radio-Television News. Liz received a Bachelor's Degree from the College of Applied Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and her Masters Degree from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University. She first began working with LOCAL 12 in January 2002. Liz is the morning anchor of Local 12 News Saturday.

Also, Liz will create health and medical stories for Local 12 and other stations across the Sinclair Broadcast Group. She has been a health & medical reporter for over 10 years in both radio and television. She is the former host of the Mix 94.1 "Liz & Carson" morning show in Cincinnati, and the syndicated weekend health and fitness radio show on 55WKRC --"Lighten Up with Liz." Liz publishes a monthly health and wellness newsletter, has a personal fitness video called "The Lazy Way to Lighten Up (for women)", and writes weekly on-health articles at Lightenupwithliz.com. She currently hosts seminars nationwide on fighting fat, getting fit, stress management, diabetes breakthroughs, weight loss, women's health and nutrition.

Liz is active in Cincinnati with the American Heart Association, the Greater Cincinnati YMCA, the Northern Kentucky Chapter of the American Dietetic Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society and Crossroads Community Church in Oakley.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Rob Braun

Rob Braun - Anchor

Rob Brauns appearance on Cincinnati television was a surprise to no one, except maybe Rob, himself. Being the son of a show business family, everyone expected him to follow in family footsteps. Instead, Rob tended to shy away from it and he ended up owning a food concession business. He and his brother owned the business for 15 years working events such as Cincinnatis River fest, county and state fairs, and Blue Grass Festivals. Rob also ran restaurants in Cincinnati and North Carolina. During this time Rob dabbled in acting an on-air commercial work. He soon found that the work he was doing was leading him to more on-air work, so he decided to give show biz a try.

Rob began his full-time news career in Knoxville, Tennessee at age 24. At WBIR he hosted a syndicated news-magazine show and also hosted the stations live coverage of the 1982 Worlds Fair. After the fair, Rob began to report news full-time as a General Assignment Reporter, and then was moved to anchor of the 5:30 news.

It was then that LOCAL 12s News Director, Don North, beckoned Rob home to Cincinnati as General Assignment Reporter. In the fall of 1985, Rob became the weekend anchor for the 6:00 and 11:00 news.

In June of 1987 WKRC-TV introduced Live at 7, an innovative award winning newscast that was entertaining as well as informative, anchored by Rob. The show received several awards. Shortly thereafter, Rob assumed the responsibilities of anchoring the 5:30, 6:00, and 11:00p.m. newscasts. He currently works at the anchor for LOCAL12 at 5:00, 6:00 and 11:00. Rob is a multiple Emmy and Iris Award winner.

Rob spends his leisure time with his wife, Jennifer and their children Krista and Robert.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Cammy Dierking

Cammy Dierking - Anchor

Cammy Dierking began working at LOCAL 12 in 1988 as a Sports anchor and reporter. After enjoying 13 years as co-host of Good Morning Cincinnati, Cammy now anchors the 5pm, 6pm and 11pm News on Local 12.

Before coming to Local 12, Cammy worked at Sports Time Cable Network in Cincinnati; WPTF-TV28 (NBC) in Raleigh, North Carolina; and KTVN-TV2 (CBS) in Reno, Nevada.

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Cammy graduated from Sycamore High School in 1978 and Miami University in Oxford in 1982, where she received a B.A. in English/Journalism.

Cammy does quite a bit of motivational speaking, and is a 2008 National Keynote Speaker for Speaking of Womens Health.

Cammy serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Womens Sports Association (In 1993, she helped establish this group, which recognizes and promotes opportunities for female athletes).

Cammy is the Honorary Chair and Spokesperson for many local charity events including: Race for the Cure, Heart Mini-Marathon, Arthritis Walk, Ride Cincinnati for Breast Cancer Research, 7 Days for SIDS Golf Outing, One World Triathlon for Neediest Kids of All, Tour de Montgomery for HeartStone Foundation, MS Bike Ride, Lady Distance Classic for Ovarian Cancer, JDRF Ride to Cure, Hike for Hospice and Thanksgiving Day Race for the Ronald McDonald House.

Cammy has completed 10 marathons and numerous century bicycle rides (100 miles) and triathlons. In August 2007, she completed an IRONMAN Triathlon in Louisville (2.4 mile swim; 112 mile bike; 26.2 mile run). She also enjoys golf and does some acting with Childrens Theatre of Cincinnati. Cammy lives in Deerfield Township with her husband and 3 teenage daughters.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Sheila Gray

Sheila Gray - Anchor

Local 12 Good Morning Cincinnati's Sheila Gray is thrilled to be hearing her alarm clock buzz again in the middle of the night to bring the morning's top stories to her friends in the Queen City.

Sheila is also a special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, INC, reporting on issues affecting women and families in her Family 411 reports.  Her stories air in 60 markets across the U.S.

An Ohio native who spent most of her childhood in Sidney, Sheila is a member of the Sidney City Schools Hall of Honor.  She studied at the prestigious Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in just three years.

Sheila began her career in Charleston, West Virginia, eventually being named the 6 & 11 p.m. news anchor at WSAZ-TV.  She was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting.

Sheila's next stop was Cincinnati, where she co-hosted the morning news on WXIX-TV.  Sheila's community involvement has included volunteering with the Make A Wish Foundation, Pink Ribbon Girls, and St. Vincent de Paul.  She has also served on the campaign committee for the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields.

Sheila and her husband Ric are the parents of four children, Kasey, Kari, Katie, and Eric, and they live in the Cincinnati area.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Bob Herzog

Bob Herzog - Anchor / Reporter

Bob Herzog is a Cincinnati guy.  More specifically, he's a proud West Side guy.  Bob joined the Local 12 team at the end of 2005 and since then has worn many hats at the station.  He currently anchors the 7am hour of Good Morning Cincinnati on Local 12.2 The CW Cincinnati and serves as Traffic Reporter during the earlier hours of GMC on Local 12.  The offbeat segment called The Cooler also gets the Bob treatment each day.  And the notorious tradition known as Dance Party Friday, for better or worse, was Bob's creation.  

As a hometown boy, Bob takes special pride in getting involved in community events.  From the Rusty Ball and the Delhi Skirt Game to the Freestore Foodbank's Hunger Walk and the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Bob is always inspired to see neighbors helping neighbors and friends helping friends.  He attended Oak Hills High School and Xavier University where he majored in Communications:  Electronic Media and minored in Natural Sciences.  He also obtained a law degree from Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

Bob loves all kinds of music and movies.  He has a passion for basketball.  But his number one hobby is spending time with his wife and four children.  


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Curtis Jackson

Curtis Jackson - Anchor

Curtis Jackson joined WKRC-TV in September of 2011.  He anchors Local 12 News Live at 5:30 with Kit Andrews.  He also anchors Local 12 News at 10 on Star 64.  Curtis is no stranger to the Tri-State.  He hails from Louisville and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

Curtis comes to Local 12 with nearly two decades of experience in television news.  Before joining Local 12, he spent six years as an anchor and reporter for WEWS-TV in Cleveland, Ohio.  He has also held positions in Boston, Mass. and Hartford, Conn.
Curtis was also a national correspondent based in New York for Black Entertainment Television's nightly newscast.

Curtis has covered many prominent local and national stories, including the crash of TWA flight 800, the September 11th attacks, the Supreme Court decision that determined the outcome of the 2000 presidential election, and the historic 2008 presidential race.  He has interviewed Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, and Sarah Palin.  Curtis was also one of the first reporters on the scene as several bodies were discovered in the home of serial killer Anthony Sowell.

His work has been recognized by the National Association of Black Journalists and the Associated Press.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Curtis is thrilled to be back in the Tri-State and living in the Cincinnati area, which he has visited and admired for years.  He lives with his wife, Ronna, and their two children, Curtis III (Tre) and Ruby.

Curtis is a life-member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Brad Johansen

Brad Johansen - Sports Director

Brad grew up in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, Ill.  He knew he wanted to get into broadcasting by the time he was in third grade.  

Brad completed his undergraduate work in 1984 at Bradley University with a double major in Speech Communications and Broadcast Journalism, and a minor in theater.  In his senior year at Bradley, Brad was named the #1 speaker in the country, and was also a member of the #1 speech team in the country.  In his broadcast career, he has won more than 50 journalism awards, including 16 Emmys.

Brad has worked in Peoria, Ill; Lansing, Mich.; San Luis Obispo, Calif.; Las Vegas, Nev.; and now in Cincinnati since 1992.  He became Local 12 Sports Director in June of 1996.
Brad is currently a play-by-play announcer in college football, basketball and baseball for CBS Sports Network. He was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Bengals during the 2000-2011 seasons.  He has called Xavier basketball games on Fox Sports for 10 years. He has also called basketball games for both the University of Cincinnati and Miami.

Brad married his wife, Colleen, in December of 1998. He is the father of three sons and a daughter.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - John Lomax

John Lomax - Morning Anchor


John has lived in the Cincinnati area longer than anywhere else in his life. He is currently the anchor of Good Morning Cincinnati , but John was hired by WKRC-TV in 1983 to be the Northern Kentucky reporter and has lived in Northern Kentucky ever since.

John's home is Knoxville, Tennessee. That's where he was born, where he attended the University of Tennessee and where most of his large family lives. However, John's father was in the Coast Guard and he lived all over the United States before his family decided to settle in their hometown for good.

John's interests vary, from cars to music, but center on his family; his wife, Donna, his two children, Brandon and Lindsay, and the world's smartest grandson, Oliver.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Paula Toti

Paula Toti - Weekend Anchor

Paula Toti joined the Local 12 News team in 1997 as a General Assignment Reporter and weekend anchor. Prior to joining WKRC, Paula worked at WBNS-TV and WCMH-TV, both in Columbus, Ohio, as well as television stations in Richmond, Cleveland and Green Bay.

Paula has used her stockbroker experience in reporting assignments. She hosted a nightly business segment while working in Columbus. Travel for economic stories has taken her around the globe, including Bangkok. Her business mind earned her an Emmy nomination for business reporting. Its no wonder Paula is known around Local 12 as the business guru. She has also been honored for her spot news reporting. With a strong interest in health issues she spent many years doing medical reporting.

Born in New York and raised in California, Paula graduated from California State University-Sacramento with honors, with a Bachelors in Communication studies.

When Paulas not working she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, the owner of a Graphic Design business and their two cats. They are huge movie buffs. Her other hobbies include figure skating, golf, gardening, and traveling.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - John Gumm

John Gumm - Meteorologist

With nearly two decades of forecasting experience, Meteorologist John Gumm can be seen each and every day on Cincinnati's top-rated morning newscast, Good Morning Cincinnati. John is a Cincinnati native and returned home to work for WKRC-TV in October 2005, during a career which took him all across the country and allowed him to experience first-hand just about every type of weather imaginable.
 
John's interest in weather started at a young age. While in sixth grade at Brantner Elementary School in Mt. Carmel, he was given an assignment in class to write about his greatest dream in life.  John wrote he wanted to become a meteorologist and some day help to save millions of people from a horrible hurricane.  Little did he know, many years later that dream would become a reality.  In August of 2005, he was on television for twelve hours straight in New Orleans warning viewers about Hurricane Katrina, before evacuating his wife and his newborn son to safety.  Since then, he's received numerous letters and emails of appreciation from people whom he helped convince to leave the city.
 
John is a graduate of Glen Este High School. He went on to study weather at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology and helped create one of the largest storm chasing groups in the country.  He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), an accreditation awarded by the American Meteorological Society. The CBM supersedes the AMS Seal of Approval, and requires successful completion of a very comprehensive examination on theoretical meteorology, operational meteorology, forecasting, and general science.  
 
Prior to working at Local 12, John worked at: WHBF-TV in Rock Island, IL; WCTI-TV in New Bern, NC; and WWL-TV in New Orleans, LA. There he won numerous awards for his work, including an Associated Press award for "Best Weathercast" in Louisiana.
 
When he's not forecasting the weather, John loves speaking to area school children about the weather. He enjoys spending time with family, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, tinkering with electronics and computers, and following the Reds and Bengals. He also dabbles in app development. His very first app, WeatherGeek Pro, continues to be a popular app for meteorologists and weather hobbyists alike.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Erica Collura

Erica Collura - Meteorologist

Meteorologist Erica Collura joined the Local 12 Weather Authority in October 2013, making it the largest weather team in the Tri-State area. She joins us from WHIO in Dayton where she worked with multiple platforms, such as digital, newspaper, and radio for over three years.


Erica is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She was always fascinated by science and loved weather. When she took her first weather class in 9th grade, she was hooked. Erica pursued her dream and earned her bachelors of science from Penn State. While in college, she was a member of the Campus Weather Service, the largest student-run organization. 


Erica loves working with kids and has taught countless schools about weather. You can follow her on Facebook at Erica Collura Local 12 and on Twitter at Erica_Collura.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Scott Dimmich

Scott Dimmich - Meteorologist

Meteorologist Scott Dimmich is a native of Blue Ash and a graduate of Sycamore High School. He joined Local 12 and The Weather Authority in November 2011.

Prior to working in Cincinnati, Scott worked at WEHT-TV in Evansville, Ind. He was the morning meteorologist there and at WYMT-TV in Hazard, Ky. Scott also served as a meteorologist for a live, nightly weather magazine produced by the Penn State Department of Meteorology called Weather World, which is aired on the Pennsylvania Cable Network and numerous Pennsylvania PBS stations. He also had the opportunity to intern with the National Weather Service Forecast Office in Wilmington, Ohio and here at Local 12.

Scott has a bachelor of science in Meteorology with an option in Weather Forecasting and Communications from Penn State University. As an undergraduate, Scott helped to teach several introductory and mesoscale meteorology courses.

Scott is also a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), an accreditation awarded by the American Meteorological Society. He has been a member of the American Meteorological Society since he was a student at Penn State.

Scott's love for the weather began even before he entered grade school. That passion further developed in April 1999, when an F4 tornado pummeled through Blue Ash, Montgomery, and Symmes Township. While Scott's home was spared, many of his friends' homes were not. In the days after that storm, Scott helped to clean up his community, and - in doing so - decided to make meteorology his career.

Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, watching Penn State football, and following college basketball. Being an Eagle Scout, he also enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time in the great outdoors. 


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Tim Hedrick

Tim Hedrick - Chief Meteorologist

Just one look through his "Weather Window," and LOCAL 12 meteorologist Tim Hedrick gives you a different view on our local forecast. Tim Hedrick is Chief Meteorologist for LOCAL 12. He charts his interest in weather back to his childhood town of Homewood, IL. While attending Iowa State University, Tim majored in both meteorology and speech, because he says, "I wanted to know what I was talking about."

Tim began his career in television news as an intern at KWWL-TV in Waterloo, Iowa. Soon after graduation, he got his first job at KOAM-TV in Joplin, Missouri. Later, Tim moved to work as meteorologist at WHO-TV in Des Moines, Iowa before joining the LOCAL 12 Team in 1988.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Josh Knight

Josh Knight - Meteorologist

Josh Knight moved to Cincinnati and joined the WKRC-TV team in April 2013.  You can see his The Weather Authority forecasts on Local 12 Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Before moving to the Tri-State, Josh was covering weather in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia at WHSV-TV. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM), an accreditation awarded by the American Meteorological Society.

Like most meteorologists, Josh's love for weather started at an early age. He grew up near Baltimore and was fascinated with the rapidly changing Mid-Atlantic weather. However, it wasn't until college that he realized he could make a career out of it. Josh knew the secret to the right job was doing something you love, and he says he really hit the lottery!

Josh studied meteorology and broadcast journalism at the University of Miami in Florida. He learned about and lived through a number of hurricanes, including Wilma and Katrina. Aside from that, a lot of Josh's time was spent in the athletic department where he had the opportunity to be the university's mascot, Sebastian the Ibis.

When he's not tracking the weather, Josh enjoys laughing with friends and family, cooking up new recipes, and staying in shape. Josh and his wife, Julia, are having a good time learning exciting things about the Cincinnati area. You're most likely to find Josh jogging with his dog, Dollar, or trying out a new restaurant.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Howard Ain

Howard Ain - Reporter

Since 1975, Howard Ain has served as the LOCAL 12 Troubleshooter. A graduate of the University of Missouri, he holds both a bachelors and a masters degree in journalism.

Prior to joining WKRC-TV, Howard worked at WLWD-TV in Dayton, OH, WPSD-TV in Paducah, KY, and KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, AR.

In addition to appearing on newscasts at 4:00, 6:00 and 11:00pm Howard writes a weekly column for all Community Press Newspapers.

Howard is married and has six children.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Mike Berk

Mike Berk - Sports Anchor / Reporter

Mike Berk joined the Local 12 team in June 2013 as a Sports Anchor & Reporter for Local 12 News Saturday and Sunday.  He can also be seen anchoring sports during the 10pm newscast Wednesday through Sunday, and will be part of the Bengals Nation weekly program during the football season.

Mike hails from New York City and is a graduate of Ithaca College.  His broadcasting career began in Denver, CO with an all-sports radio station where he worked as a Reporter and Technical Director.  Mike then got his television break with a Regional cable network in New York, when a great guy named Jim Sweeney hired me with no prior TV experience.  That job was a dream come true as Mike got to cover the teams he grew up rooting for as a one-man-band reporter.  He has since worked for television stations in Santa Ana, CA, Eugene, OR, Las Vegas, NV and Portland, OR.  While in Portland, Mike was honored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters as TV Sports Announcer of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

After spending nearly 14 years on the West coast, Mike is happy to be back in the Eastern time-zone again, despite having to adjust his body clock to NFL games starting at 1pm, rather than 10am.  This is a great sports town, and its easy to see there is a real investment in the communities and schools.  Its also really close to home for me and my family, so its a win-win for us, Berk said.  

Mike and his wife, Nicole, have two kids ages 6 & 4, and the 4-year-old really wants a dog!


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Adam Clements

Adam Clements - Reporter

Adam Clements joined Local 12 News in October of 2012, and is proud to be a part of such an experienced and trusted team.

Born and raised on the east side of Cincinnati, Adam is a graduate of St. Xavier High School, and The Ohio State University, where he got his first taste of the TV news business, serving as lead anchor, and News Director of the student run Buckeye TV News.

Adam worked as a web video producer for Columbus Alive, an arts and entertainment newspaper, before landing a job as a sideline reporter for the Ohio News Network. There, he was also a panelist on the sports talk show, The Average Joes Sports Show.

In 2010, Adam was hired as a weekend reporter at another station in Cincinnati. Among his most memorable stories, Adam says covering the devastating tornado of 2011 is something hell never forget, particularly in Moscow, Ohio, where the town was completely destroyed. He says he was moved by the resiliency of the residents, and their determination to rebuild after the storm. Adam also had the opportunity to suit up for football practice at his alma mater, St. X. He says hes still sore to this day.

In his free time, Adam enjoys going to Reds games, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. But his favorite pastime is being with his son, William. You can e-mail Adam with questions, concerns, or just to say hello!


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Jen Dalton

Jen Dalton - Traffic Reporter

Jen Dalton is the first WKRC-TV personality who does not live exclusively in the news department.  You will see Jen doing the traffic reporting every morning during the 7am and 8am hours of Good Morning Cincinnati on Star 64 and Local 12, and also hosting a variety of programs and events on Local 12 and The CW Cincinnati.  You can also see her weekly "Out & About" weekend planner segments Saturday mornings on Local 12 and online at Local12.com.

Jen is originally from Columbus, Ohio, but she's spent most of her adult life here in the Tri-State.  She graduated Cum Laude from Miami University with a BS in Communication and a BA in Spanish. Her first job out of college was as an intern with WOXY-FM/97X radio. She would go on from there to spend several years in the music industry as a field marketing rep for Sony Music.

Jen is a huge fan of theater and acting. That love for the arts is what drew her to performing.  She began acting in high school and then in local commercials and on area stages.  Jen landed her first television job as co-host of Cinema 64 with Bob Herzog. Jen was reunited with Bob when she made the switch to Local 12 in October 2006.  They now work together on Good Morning Cincinnati and Bengals Nation.

When Jen is not on the air she continues to perform on-stage and behind the scenes as a playwright. Jen's 2007 play "Mad" received a CEA nomination for Best Alternative Show. She also loves music and attending concerts.  Jen loves to travel, ride horses and enjoys watching sports like football.  Always happy to donate her time to local organizations, Jen is particularly passionate about those that promote mental health and animal welfare. Jen is married and is expecting her first child in June of 2014. 


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Larry Davis

Larry Davis - Reporter

Larry Davis is a good example that it's never too late to start something new.  After spending 28 years in radio news, he has launched a career in television.  Larry came to WKRC-TV in 2001 as a writer.  He was also on the assignment desk and field produced before becoming a reporter in the summer of 2003.

Larry spent a year in California writing news for an internet web site. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a news anchor and reporter at 700 WLW radio.

He has been fortunate to spend the majority of his career in Cincinnati, where he also was an anchor/reporter and assistant news director at WKRC- AM radio, 96 ROCK and WSAI-AM.

Davis attended Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where, he was a member of both the news and sports departments.
 
Larry has two children.  Son Matt and wife Melinda live in Cincinnati with sons Leo and Henry. And his daughter, Lauren, lives in Columbus with her husband, Ben, and daughter Ella.
 
Larry's free time is usually spent reading, traveling and enjoying all sports.  


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Deb Dixon

Deb Dixon - Reporter

Deborah Dixon has worked in almost every area of the WKRC-TV Newsroom since she started as the station's Graphic Artist in April, 1974.  

The day after she began working at Local 12, tornadoes hit Xenia.  She helped the assigned reporter cover the story.  The "news bug" bit, and she worked as a producer before becoming a full-time reporter.

In 1980, Deborah helped to bring Crimestoppers to Cincinnati.  Because there were so few in the country, some people were reluctant to risk trying such a franchise.  It became a highly useful tool that has led to the arrests of hundreds of killers, rapists and thieves.

Today, the local Crimestoppers program is so successful.  Thousands of rapes robberies and murders have been solved because of Crimestoppers that pays out a hundred thousand dollars a year in reward money all donated by the people and businesses of greater Cincinnati.   Deb says "As a founder of Crimestoppers, Local 12 helped Cincinnati become a safer place to live. We are all proud of that."

Deborah graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH.  She is married with two children.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Jeff Hirsh

Jeff Hirsh - Reporter

Jeff Hirsh has been reporting in Cincinnati since November 1979, but he joined WKRC-TV in 1998.  His first reporter job was in Roanoke, Virginia at WDBJ-TV from 1977-79.

Jeff Hirsh has three degrees-- a History BA from the University of Michigan, an MA in History from Washington University and an MA in Journalism from the University of Missouri.  

Jeff has been honored with numerous awards over his 30 years of reporting.  He is a three-time winner of the national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. He has twice been honored for the Best Investigative Reporting in the US, and once for the Best Documentary.  He has also won 25 Regional Emmy Awards among other local, regional, and national honors.
 
Jeff's biggest rewards are his wife and two children.  


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Dan Hurley

Dan Hurley - Reporter / Historian

Dan Hurley has worked with LOCAL 12 since 1981. He produces weekly segments that use history to frame contemporary issues. Dan is also a producer and host for 12 Newsmakers,

LOCAL 12's weekly program that explores the political and urban issues confronting our metropolitan region. Newsmakers airs on Sunday mornings at 6.

Dan has also produced award winning documentaries for WKRC on the history of northern Kentucky, the history of the Ohio River and the inland rivers steamboat, as well as the Union Terminal murals.

Dan is the President of Applied History Associates, a public history consulting firm that works with museums and historical societies throughout the eastern United States. His clients include the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, the Parker House in Ripley, Ohio, and Reynolda House in Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Dan produced the exhibit for the Education Center at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site, video documentaries on the history of the mass transit in Cincinnati, the floral industry in western Hamilton County, and the history of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. He also produced an audio documentary on CD about the life and career of Ruth Lyons.

He is the author of Cincinnati, The Queen City (1981), One Child at a Time: a History of the Childrens Home of Cincinnati (1992), Steamboat Days on Americas Rivers (1995) and Otterbein: Affirming Our Past/ Shaping Our Future (1996).

Dan graduated from Xavier University in 1968. He did his graduate work in American colonial history at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Angela Ingram

Angela Ingram - Reporter

Angela Ingram joined WKRC-TV in December of 2006 after meeting a former corporate executive at a career fair.

Angela's hometown is Philadelphia, but she knows the Queen City will be her new home away from home. Ingram graduated from Temple University with a bachelor's degree in Broadcasting.  She also earned a JD from Valparaiso University, and is a licensed attorney.

Angela loves to write and enjoys the excitement of "live" television.  That combination is what drew her to the field of reporting.  While in college, she participated in two internships.  Angela's first job after college was a desk and production assistant at NBC10 in Philadelphia.  

Some of the stops along Angela's career path include WPHL-TV and 6ABC in Philadelphia, First State News and Tri-State Media in Delaware and WSBT-TV in South Bend, Ind.   

Outside of work, Angela enjoys cooking a good meal, traveling, reading nonfiction and watching classic movies.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Rich Jaffe

Rich Jaffe - Reporter

Local 12 News Reporter Richard Jaffe, was born in Gainesville, Fla.  He attended high school on Cincinnati's east side, and graduated from the University of Cincinnati - College Conservatory of Music.

Initially, Rich worked at a local advertising agency, then at WLWT-TV as a news photographer when he finished college.  Rich began as a reporter for WKRC-TV in April, 1991.  Four days later he married his high school sweetheart.

Rich is an experienced news veteran with more than 25 years in the business, both here and in south/central Florida.  He says he never really wanted to be a reporter it just seemed like a natural progression for a storyteller. His interest in television actually stems from an interest in photography and a desire to "capture the moment."

An accomplished musician, when he's not working, Rich enjoys his family, hunting, fishing, spear fishing and cooking.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Angenette Levy

Angenette Levy - Reporter

Angenette Levy joined WKRC-TV in July 2010 as a reporter for the Tri-State's top-rated morning news program, Good Morning Cincinnati.  You can watch her stories weeknights on Local 12 News at 11 and Local 12 News at 10 on Star 64. Angenette knows the station well.  She grew up watching Local 12 and worked here as a writer, associate producer and assignment desk assistant from 2002-2004.

In 2004, Angenette was offered and accepted a reporting position with WFRV-TV in Green Bay, Wisc. Just two days after Christmas, she moved to Wisconsin and experienced the longest, coldest winter of her life. For five and a half years, she encountered cheese heads, learned about local traditions such as sturgeon spearing and made a sport of trying to stay warm. Angenette covered everything from politics and local government, to features and high profile trials - most notably the murder trial of the first man in Wisconsin to be exonerated of a wrongful conviction by DNA testing. Angenette broke several stories on that case including exposing the defendant's violent past through an investigation into his prison records.

Though Angenette enjoyed her time in Wisconsin and met many wonderful people who became friends, she was excited to return to Cincinnati in 2010.

Angenette is a graduate of Turpin High School in Anderson Township and holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Cincinnati.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, running, yoga, playing piano, hanging out with friends, family and her pets. She also enjoys an occasional round of golf (she has a mean swing but a high handicap!). She currently volunteers at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired by reading Oprah Magazine on the organization's radio station. She has also volunteered for Big Brothers, Big Sisters and The Salvation Army.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Perry  Schaible

Perry Schaible - Reporter

Perry Schaible joined the WKRC-TV news team in June 2010 as the Alert Desk reporter. She now serves as a general assignment reporter on Local 12 Good Morning Cincinnati.  
 
A lifelong Cincinnatian, Perry graduated from McAuley High School in College Hill before heading to Oxford, Ohio to attend Miami University, where she majored in Communications. Perry graduated from Northern Kentucky Universitys Chase College of Law in 2013.
 
Her career spans all facets of media. She started as a beat reporter for the Pulse-Journal Newspaper in West Chester, Ohio. Then Perry worked as a freelance writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer before becoming a local traffic producer and reporter. A big Reds fan, Perry has spent the last ten baseball seasons as the host of the Fan Cam at Great American Ball Park.
 
In her spare time, Perry likes to spend time with her husband and three daughters. When she is not running around with the kids, you may catch her running some of the local road races or relaxing at the pool.  


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Brad Underwood

Brad Underwood - Reporter

Brad Underwood is a proud Indianapolis native but thrilled to join the Local 12 News team. He returned to Cincinnati, as a part of the number one station, in October 2013.

Brad graduated from Ball State University (Go Cards!) with a degree in Communications. A lover of all sports, Brad pulls for The Ohio State Buckeyes, San Antonio Spurs and Tennessee Titans and he hasn't missed an Indianapolis 500 in more than 20 years.

Prior to joining Local 12, Brad worked in Kansas City and Cincinnati for four years where he became a true Reds and Bengals fan!

In his free time, Brad enjoys going to Reds and Bengals games, cooking, live music and spending time with friends and family. However, much of this year will be spent planning a Cincinnati wedding with his fianc.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Joe Webb

Joe Webb - Reporter

Joe Webb is an award-winning reporter who's been covering Cincinnati for the last 16 years. Hes been with LOCAL 12 since the summer of 2002. Joe is a native of Ponca City, Oklahoma and a graduate of Oklahoma State University. He started his broadcast career in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was hired after a college internship. Joe got into television because he loves to meet new people and tell their stories. That could explain why some people refer to him as "The Storyteller."

Joe is an avid runner, a mediocre golfer and a diehard fan of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Joe lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife Karla and their two children, Sam and Grace.

You can call him with story ideas/suggestions/complaints or just to talk at 763-5504.


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Local 12 WKRC-TV Cincinnati :: News Team - Kristine Frazao

Kristine Frazao - Reporter

Kristine Frazao is an Emmy award winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience.  As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, Kristine reports on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.

Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, Kristine was the White House Correspondent for RT America.  She covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well.  Also during her time at RT, she reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing or fracking in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

Kristine was born and raised in San Diego, CA, where she also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where she received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.

She got her on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, GA at WJCL/WTGS, where she worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission.  She also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

Kristine loves living in the Washington, DC. area and covering politics. She spends her free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with her black lab , Chomsky.


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