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 11:00 pm, Howard writes a weekly column for all Community Press Newspapers.
Howard is a widower and has six children.
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Sydney Benter - Anchor / Reporter
Sydney Benter is a native West Sider who's thrilled to be back in the Queen City. Sydney first stepped into the Local 12 newsroom as an intern. Now she's back to report and co-anchor Local 12 News at 10 on Star 64 with Brad Johansen. She returns to Cincinnati by way of WTWO in Terre Haute, Indiana where she anchored the evening and late news.
Sydney went to Taylor High School in North Bend and graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in electronic media and a double major in journalism. In addition to interning at local TV stations in college, Sydney spent a summer interning at CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta.
Her passion for storytelling started at a young age. Sydney grew up performing in school plays and musicals. Her background in theater and her love of writing led her to a career in TV news.
Community involvement is important to Sydney. She's volunteered with organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
Sydney enjoys reading, traveling and the fine arts. She loves a good movie and knows more about popular culture than she would like to admit. She's a big fan of Cincinnati cuisine and is happy to be back in the land of Skyline Chili and Graeter's ice cream.
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Mike Berk - Sports Anchor / Reporter
Mike Berk joined the Local 12 team in June 2013 as a Sports Anchor and Reporter for Local 12 News Saturday and Sunday. He can also be seen anchoring sports during the 10:00pm newscast Wednesday through Sunday, and will be part of the Bengals Nation weekly program during the football season.
He is originally 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 by the name of Jim Sweeney hired him with no prior TV experience. There, he had the opportunity to cover the teams he grew up rooting for as a one-man-band reporter, a dream come true for Mike.
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. Mike says about his move to Cincinnati, This is a great sports town, and it's easy to see there is a real investment in the communities and schools. It's also really close to home for my family and me, so it's a win-win for us."
Mike and his wife, Nicole, have two kids ages 6 and 4, and the 4 year old really wants a dog.
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Liz Bonis - Weekend Anchor / Health and Medical Reporter
Liz Bonis first began working with Local 12 in January 2002 and is now the anchor for Good Morning Cincinnati on Saturday mornings. She is also the Health and Medical Reporter for Local 12 and Sinclair Broadcast Group stations across the country. Liz has been reporting for more than 10 years beginning first in radio, before bringing her talent to television.
Liz got her start in broadcasting as a host of the Mix 94.1 "Liz & Carson" morning show in Cincinnati, and the syndicated weekend health and fitness radio show "Lighten Up with Liz" on 55WKRC. She is also a registered dietician, certified personal trainer and a Diabetes educator. She also publishes a monthly health and wellness newsletter, has a personal fitness video called "The Lazy Way to Lighten Up (For Women)," and writes weekly health articles on Lightenupwithliz.com.
She holds a Bachelor's from the College of Applied Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Masters of Applied Science in Public Communication & Radio-Television News from the Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University.
In her spare time, Liz hosts nationwide seminars on fighting fat, getting fit, stress management, diabetes breakthroughs, weight loss, women's health and nutrition. She is also active in her community with the American Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Cancer Society and Crossroads Community Church in Oakley.
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Rob Braun - Anchor
Rob Braun's 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 his family's footsteps. Instead, Rob tended to shy away from it and ended up owning a food concession business. He and his brother owned the business for 15 years working events such as Cincinnati's River Fest, county and state fairs, and Blue Grass Festivals. Rob also ran restaurants in Cincinnati and in North Carolina.
During this time, Rob dabbled in acting and on-air commercial work. He soon found that this was leading him to more on-air work, so he decided to give show biz a try. Rob began his full-time news career at WBIR in Knoxville, TN at age 24. There, he hosted a syndicated news-magazine show and also hosted the station's live coverage of the 1982 World's 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 12's 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. Shortly thereafter, Rob assumed the responsibilities of anchoring the 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts. He currently works as the anchor for Local 12 alongside co-anchor, Cammy Dierking, for the 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts.
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Adam Clements - Anchor / Reporter
Adam Clements joined the Local 12 News team 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. He served as a lead anchor, and News Director of the student-run Buckeye TV News at Ohio State. Adam also had the opportunity to suit up for football practice at his alma mater, St. Xavier. He says he is still sore to this day.
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 he'll never forget, particularly in Moscow, OH, 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.
In his free time, Adam enjoys going to Reds games, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. His favorite pastime, however, is being with his son, William. You can e-mail Adam with questions, concerns, or just to say hello.
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Jen Dalton - Traffic Reporter
Jen is originally from Columbus, OH, 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. She is a huge fan of theater and acting, and 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. She was then reunited with Bob when she made the switch to Local 12 in October of 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. Her 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, she is particularly passionate about those that promote mental health and animal welfare.
Jen and her husband welcomed their first child in June of 2014.
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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 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.
He spent a year in California writing news for an internet web site. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as a news anchor and report at 700 WLW radio.
He has been fortunate to spend the majority of his career in Cincinnati. He was also an anchor/reporter and assistant News Director at WKRC-AM radio, 96 Rock, and WSAI-AM.
Larry attended Ohio University in Athens, OH, where he was a member of both the news and sports departments.
He has two children; Son, Matt and wife, Melinda, live in Cincinnati with sons Leo and Henry; and a 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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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 5:00, 5:30, 6:00 and 11:00 newscasts alongside co-anchor, Rob Braun. Before coming to Local 12, Cammy worked at Sports Time Cable Network in Cincinnati; WPTF-TV28 (NBC) in Raleigh, NC; and KTVN-TV2 (CBS) in Reno, NV.
Cammy was born and raised in Cincinnati where she graduated from Sycamore High School in 1978 and Miami University in Oxford in 1982, where she received a B.A. in English/Journalism.
She is a motivational speaker and serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Women's 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: Heart Mini-Marathon, HeartStone Bike Tour, JDRF Ride to Cure, Hike for Hospice, and Thanksgiving Day Race.
Cammy has completed 20 marathons, numerous century bicycle rides (100 miles) and 3 Ironman Triathlons (2.4 mile swim; 112 mile bike; 26.2 mile run). Cammy lives in Loveland with her husband. They have three daughters.
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Deb Dixon - Reporter
Deb Dixon has worked in almost every area of the WKRC-TV newsroom. In fact, she began her career at Local 12 as the station's Graphic Artist in April, 1974. The day after she began working at the station, 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, Deb helped bring Crimestoppers to Cincinnati. Since 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 murderers, rapists and thieves, and 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."
Deb graduated from Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH. She is married with two children.
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Kristine Frazao - Special Correspondent
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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Sheila Gray - Anchor
Good Morning Cincinnati anchor, Sheila Gray, is thrilled to hear her alarm clock buzz in the middle of the night to bring the morning's top stories to her friends in the Queen City. She is also a special correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, reporting on issues affecting women and families in her Family 411 reports. Her stories air in 60 markets across the U.S.
Sheila is an Ohio native who spent most of her childhood in Sidney and is now 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.
She began her career in Charleston, WV, eventually being named the 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. news anchor at WSAZ-TV. Sheila was recognized by the West Virginia Associated Press for her reporting. She then came to Cincinnati, where she co-hosted the morning news on WXIX-TV.
Her 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 live in the Cincinnati area.
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Bob Herzog - Anchor / Reporter
Bob Herzog joined the Local 12 team at the end of 2005 and since then has worn many hats at the station. He currently anchors Good Morning Cincinnati. The notorious tradition known as Dance Party Friday, for better or worse, was Bob's creation, and the off-beat segment, The Cooler, also gets the "Bob Treatment" each day.
Bob is a Cincinnati guy. More specifically, he's a proud West Side guy. As a hometown boy, he 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 JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, Bob is always inspired to see neighbors helping neighbors.
He graduated from Oak Hills High School, and Xavier University where he majored in Communications: Electronic Media and minored in Natural Sciences. Bob also obtained a law degree from Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.
Bob loves all kinds of music and movies and has a passion for basketball, but his number one hobby is spending time with his wife and four children.
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Jeff Hirsh - Reporter
Jeff Hirsh has been reporting in Cincinnati since November, 1979, but he joined WKRC-TV in 1998. His first reporting job was in Roanoke, VA at WDBJ-TV from 1977-79.
Jeff holds three degrees: a BA in History from the University of Michigan, a Masters in History from Washington University and a Masters in Journalism from the University of Missouri.
He has been honored with numerous awards over his 30 years of reporting. Jeff 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 also won 25 Regional Emmy Awards among other local, regional and national honors.
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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 6:00 a.m.
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.
He 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, OH, and Reynolda House in Winston Salem, NC.
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, The Queen City (1981), One Child at a Time: A History of the Children's Home of Cincinnati (1992), Steamboat Days on America's 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.
Angela Ingram - Reporter
Angela Ingram joined the WKRC-TV team in December 2008 after meeting a former corporate executive at a career fair. Her home town is Philadelphia, but she knows the Queen City as her home away from home.
Angela graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting. She also eared a JD from Valparaiso University, and is a licensed attorney.
She loves to write and enjoys the excitement of live television. That combination is what drew her to the field of reporting. Following two internships while in college, Angela's first job was a desk and production assistant at NBC10 in Philadelphia. Some of the stops along her career path include WPHL-TV and 6ABC in Philadelphia , First State News and Tri-State Media in Delaware and WSBT-TV in South Bend, IN.
Outside of work, Angela enjoys cooking, traveling, reading nonfiction and watching classic movies.
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Rich Jaffe - Reporter
Rich Jaffe has been with WKRC-TV since April of 1991, and four days later, married his high school sweetheart. Prior to joining the Local 12 News team, Rich worked at a local advertising agency, then as a news photographer for WLWT-TV after finishing college. He 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 stems from an interest in photography and a desire to "capture the moment.
Rich was born in Gainesville, FL and attended high school on Cincinnati's East Side. He later graduated from the University of Cincinnati " College Conservatory of Music. Rich is an accomplished musician when he's not working, Rich enjoys his family, hunting, fishing, spear fishing, and cooking.
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Josh Knight - Meteorologist
Josh Knight moved to Cincinnati to join the WKRC-TV team in April 2013. You can see his forecasts on Local 12 Saturday and Sunday mornings and can find him chasing the weather or doing feature reports on Good Morning Cincinnati during the week.
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 by the rapidly changing mid-Atlantic weather. However, it wasn't until college that he realized he could turn his passion into a career.
Josh studied meteorology and broadcast journalism at the University of Miami in Florida. There, he learned about, and lived through a number of hurricanes, including Wilma and Katrina. Aside from meteorology, a lot of his time was spent in the athletic department where he had the opportunity to be the mascot at The U, Sebastian the Ibis.
When he's not tracking the weather, Josh enjoys cooking up new recipes, staying in shape and just hanging out with family and friends. Josh and his wife, Julia, are enjoying the Cincinnati area, jogging with their dog, Dollar, and trying out new restaurants around town.
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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 on Local 12 News at 11pm and Local 12 News at 10pm 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, WI. 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. She 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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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's Good Morning Cincinnati.
A lifelong Cincinnatian, Perry graduated from McAuley High School in College Hill before heading to Oxford, OH to attend Miami University, where she majored in Communications. She also graduated from Northern Kentucky University's 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, OH. 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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Richard Skinner - Sports Anchor / Reporter
Veteran Cincinnati sports journalist joins WKRC-TV Local 12 as Digital Sports Columnist/Editor/Writer, the first time a digital platform writer has been dedicated to local sports for a television station in Greater Cincinnati.
Skinner covers professional, college and high school level sports as well as local events. From the Flying Pig Marathon to Bengals and Reds games, Saturday High School Rivals to NASCAR races, Richard writes blogs, opinion pieces, both long- and short-form stories, conducts video interviews and more.
Skinner appeared on Local 12 as a part-time sports anchor since 2001. He continues to be a panelist on The Sports Authority on Sunday evenings.
Spending more than two decades in print, radio and television, Skinner has worked for the Enquirer since 2008 as one of two Cincinnati Bengals beat reporters. Prior to the Enquirer, he spent several years with the Cincinnati/Kentucky Post covering Ohio area high schools, the Bengals, the Reds and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. He co-hosted The Two Angry Guys, a popular sports talk morning radio show with Tom Gamble.
Brad Steinke - Sports Anchor / Reporter
Brad Steinke started in the television profession as a sports anchor and reporter at KTXS-TV in Abilene, Texas, after graduating from Southern Utah University in 1983. A four-time letterwinner for the Thunderbirds basketball team, he played for the Utah Jazz summer pro league team in 1983. A native of Salt Lake City, he attended Brighton High School where he was an all-state basketball player. He is also a member of the school’s first-ever Hall of Fame induction class.
He spent three years as an anchor for WAMI-TV in Miami, Fla., where he was the lead anchor for a nightly 30-minute sports show called “Sportstown.” In addition to his anchoring duties in Miami, Steinke worked on Miami Heat basketball telecasts as its pre and post-game show host, and was the sideline reporter as well. He was also the pre and post-game host for Florida Marlins baseball telecasts on WAMI.
He has covered the Arizona sports scene for 19 years, working as an anchor in both the Phoenix and Tucson markets with FOX Sports Arizona, KNXV and KGUN.
Brad joined FOX Sports Arizona in 2001, and in his time as an anchor and host with the region’s leader for local sports television coverage, he has established himself as one of the best in the business. He served as the host for Arizona Diamondbacks post-game shows and also worked as the in-game reporter.
An eleven-time Emmy Award winner, Steinke has won an Emmy for the best sports anchor in the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2006, 2005 and 2003. At the latest Emmy Awards event, he took home an Emmy for his work on “In My Own Words �" Grant Hill” which was named Best Interview/Discussion Program/Special or Series.
Steinke has been active in several charities including being a Board Member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix as well as being involved with Special Olympics, Junior Achievement and the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
He is excited to be beginning his career at Local 12 on one of the most important days of the year in Cincinnati, Opening Day.
Erica Collura - Meteorologist
Erica Collura joined the Local 12 Weather Authority in October of 2013, making it the largest weather team in the Tri-State area. She came to Cincinnati from WHIO in Dayton, where she worked with multiple platforms such as digital, newspaper, and radio for more than three years.
Erica is a native of Pittsburgh, PA. She has always been fascinated by science and loved weather. When she took her first weather class in ninth 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.
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Scott Dimmich - Meteorologist
Scott Dimmich joined Local 12 and The Weather Authority in November 2011. Prior to working in Cincinnati, Scott worked at WEHT-TV in Evansville, IN where he was the morning meteorologist, 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, OH and here at Local 12.
Scott is a native of Blue Ash and a graduate of Sycamore High School. He 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. He 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 his 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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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 every type of weather imaginable.
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.
John's interest in weather started at a young age. While in sixth grade at Brantner Elementary in Mt. Carmel, he was given an assignment in class to write about his greatest dream in life. John wrote that he wanted to become a meteorologist and someday 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 newborn son to safety. Since then, he's received numerous letters and e-mails of appreciation from people whom he helped convince to leave the city.
John is a graduate of Glen Este High School and went on to study weather at Valparaiso University in Indiana, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. There, he 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.
When he's not forecasting the weather, John loves speaking to area school children about the weather. He also enjoys spending time with family, mountain biking, hiking, swimming, tinkering with electronics and computers, and following the Reds and the Bengals. He also dabble 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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Tim Hedrick - Chief Meteorologist
Just one look through his "Weather Window and Local 12 Chief Meteorologist, Tim Hedrick, gives you a different view on our local forecast.
Tim 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. He began his career in television news as an intern at KWWL-TV in Waterloo, IA. Soon after graduation, he was offered his first job at KOAM-TV in Joplin, MO. He later moved to work as meteorologist at WHO-TV in Des Moines, IA before joining the Local 12 team in 1988.
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Brad Johansen - Anchor / Reporter
In June of 1996, Brad Johansen was named Sports Director and has now taken on the role of anchor for Local 12's First at 4 broadcast with co-anchor Paula Toti. It's a return of sorts for Brad, who held the anchor position for the 4:00 newscast years ago. Brad also co-anchors the 10:00pm edition of Local 12 News on Star 64 with Sydney Benter.
His broadcast career consists of more than 50 journalism awards, including 16 Emmy's. Brad has worked in Peoria, IL; Lansing, MI; San Luis Obispo, CA; Las Vegas, NV before coming to Cincinnati in 1992.
Brad grew up in the Chicago suburb of Glen Ellyn, IL. He knew he wanted to get into broadcasting by the time he was in third grade. He 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, he was named the #1 speaker in the country, and was also a member of the #1 speech team in the country.
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 and 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 University.
Brad married his wife, Colleen, in December of 1998 and is the father of three sons and a daughter.
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John Lomax - Morning Anchor
John Lomax is currently the anchor of Good Morning Cincinnati. He began his career with WKRC-TV in 1983 when he was hired to be the Northern Kentucky reporter. John moved to Northern Kentucky and has lived there ever since.
John's father was in the Coast Guard, so he moved all over the country before his family decided to settle in their hometown of Knoxville, TN where most of his large family lives today. Despite all the moving, John has lived in the Cincinnati area longer than anywhere else in his life.
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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Paula Toti - Anchor / Reporter
Paula Toti is currently anchoring Local 12's First at 4 newscast and also contributes as a consumer investigative reporter. She joined the Local 12 News team in 1997 as a General Assignment Reporter and weekend anchor.
Prior to joining WKRC-TV, Paula worked at WBNS-TV and WCMH-TV, both in Columbus, OH, as well as television stations in Richmond, Cleveland and Green Bay. Paula has used her stockbroker experience in reporting assignments for many years. She hosted a nightly business segment while working in Columbus.
Economic stories have taken her around the globe, including Bangkok. Her business mind earned her an Emmy nomination for business reporting. It is 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 has spent many years doing medical reporting as well.
Paula was born in New York and raised in California, she graduated from California State University-Sacramento with honors and a Bachelors in Communication Studies.
When Paula is not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Tim, the owner of a graphic design business, and their two cats. Both are huge movie buffs, and she also enjoys figure skating, golf, gardening and traveling.
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Brad Underwood - Reporter
Brad Underwood is a proud Indianapolis native, but is thrilled to be a part of the Local 12 New team upon his return to Cincinnati in October 2013.
Prior to joining WKRC-TV, he worked in Kansas City, and in Cincinnati for four years where he became a true Reds and Bengals fan.
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. He also hasn't missed an Indianapolis 500 in more than 20 years.
Brad enjoys going to Reds and Bengals games, cooking, live music and spending time with friends and family.
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Joe Webb - Reporter
Joe is an Emmy-winning reporter who has covered news in Cincinnati for the last 28 years. He has been with Local 12 since the summer of 2002. He started his broadcast career in Tulsa, OK where he was hired following a college internship. Joe got into television because he loves to meet new people and... tell their stories.
Joe is a native of Ponca City, OK and a graduate of Oklahoma State University.
He is an avid gardener, slow runner, mediocre guitarist and a diehard fan of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Joe lives in Northern Kentucky with his wife Karla. They have two children, Sam and Grace.
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