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Jim Baldridge

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 @ 9:43 AM
Updated: Thursday, February 19, 2009 @ 5:16 AM


I’m a news anchor at News Center 7. You can see me weeknights at 5 and 6 p.m.. I’ve been covering news in the Dayton area for more than 40 years. I started at WCIT radio in Lima, Ohio, in 1964 as a senior in high school. I’m a graduate of Wright State University and Sinclair Community College.

Before finding my home at WHIO, I worked for several other broadcast stations in the Dayton-Springfield area and served a hitch in the Army with the United States Armed Forces Radio and Television Service in the Pacific.

Joining WHIO-TV in 1972 as a general assignment reporter, I covered everything from the police beat to city hall and regional government. In 1977 I began anchoring with Dayton broadcast legend Don Wayne, whom I had grown-up watching. Today I anchor with Cheryl McHenry and Letitia Perry, rounding out the most accomplished anchor team in the Miami Valley.

During my years at WHIO I’ve traveled the world to cover stories important to the Dayton area. Special assignments have taken me to China, Vietnam, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Japan, Colombia, and throughout Europe -- including Berlin as the infamous Wall came down. I’ve also covered major stories in the USA such as the San Francisco earthquake and the Oklahoma City bombing as well as many presidential nominating conventions and campaign activities.

I have an abiding interest in aviation -- a natural thing for someone who grew up around the homes of the Wright Brothers and Neil Armstrong. I anchored Dayton Air Show broadcasts starting in 1975. WHIO-TV's coverage of the air show was broadcast by hundreds of stations nationwide and in several foreign countries.

I’ve received many awards for my work in broadcast journalism. I’ve been honored by the Society of Professional Journalists, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (the "Emmy" Awards), The Aviation and Space Writers Association, the National Association of Television Program Executives, and many local organizations. I received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Wright State University College of Liberal Arts in 2004. Sinclair Community College presented me with its Alumni Association Service Award and Shawnee High School presented me with its Distinguished Alumni Award in 1989.

My wife, Sue, and I live in Centerville. We have two grown children.

Q & A

Where were you born? Ashland, Kentucky

Where did you grow up? Lima

What was your favorite TV show then? Sky King, Zorro

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? Radio Announcer

How might someone have described you in high school? Ambitious

What was your first job? Announcer WCIT, Lima (1964)

What was your first job in television? Armed Forces Radio TV

What do you like about your job? The opportunities to investigate, explain, and travel.

What do you not like about your job? IRoutine time at my desk.

What might people be surprised to know about you? That I don’t really like public speaking.

What is the hardest thing you ever did? Dealing with the loss of my father.

What would be a perfect day for you? A sunny day at the beach with my family.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? Get a college journalism degree and learn how to be a reporter, not a performer. Also study law and sociology.

If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it? Almost any five minutes from a special report we once did called “Back to Vietnam”. My close second choice: any five-minute clip from our Dayton Air Show presentations.


Favorite book: Hawaii (and other James Michener), anything by John D. MacDonald

Favorite CBS show: OSU Football, David Letterman

Favorite dream car: Jaguar XJ

Favorite food: Dim Sum and almost anything else Asian

Favorite hobby: Reading, Movies

Favorite Miami Valley place: John Bryan State Park, Museum of US Air Force

Favorite movie: Apollo 13, Patton (Favorite TV Series: HBO’s ”Band of Brothers”)

Favorite music: Modern Country, Rock Oldies

Favorite travel destination: Australia, Hawaii, Italy

Husted bucks GOP, is against voter photo ID push

Published: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM
Updated: Friday, April 08, 2011 @ 6:11 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- The official who oversees Ohio's elections says he doesn't agree with a measure proposed by some fellow Republicans to require voters to show photo IDs at the polls.   

Secretary of State John Husted tells The Columbus Dispatch on Thursday that he would not change current policy that allows voters to prove their identities with photo IDs or other documents, such as utility bills or paychecks.   

A bill approved by the Ohio House would require voters to show the photo ID before casting an in-person ballot. It is now being reviewed by the Senate.   

Husted instead proposes changes for voters casting early ballots or provisional ballots. He says those voters should be required to give their full Social Security numbers instead of the currently required last four digits.

Election Board Moves Carefully On Husted Investigation

Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM
Updated: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 @ 5:35 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- The Montgomery County Board of Elections attorney will review voting residency laws before the board decides if it will move forward on an investigation of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering.

The four-person board has asked for the legal review after member Dennis Lieberman, a Democrat, said an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News article raised questions about Husted's residency and voter registration.

"I think we have an obligation to look into it," Lieberman said.

Republican board members Jim Nathanson and Greg Gantt, county party chairman and chairman of the board, both referred to an investigation of Husted as a "witch hunt." Nathanson said he does not think it "serves anyone" to look into Husted's residency this close to the election.

Husted, elected to the House in 2000, said, "if they haven't filed a complaint (then) they must not think there is a problem."

He is running for a Senate seat from the 6th District against Centerville School Board member John Doll, a Democrat.

The deadline to remove names from the ballot has passed, but the board can review the validity of Husted's voter registration.

A legislator must be a legal resident of his district and can be forced to forfeit the seat if he is not.

Ohio law on residency for voting purposes says a person's residence is the "place where the family of a married person resides."

Husted has been dogged by questions about his residency for several years because he stays with his wife and children in Upper Arlington and is rarely seen at his home in Kettering, 148 Sherbrooke Drive.

He is registered to vote in Montgomery County. His wife, Tina, is registered in Upper Arlington. Jon Husted voted absentee every time he cast a ballot since 2005 and voted in person every time prior to that, according to Montgomery County board of elections records.

Since their marriage in 2005, the Husteds have simultaneously owned or co-owned properties that they've called "principal residences" and received 2.5 percent property tax reductions allowed for owner-occupied homes. The law states that a couple can take the tax break on only one house. Neither Husted applied for an exception.

On Friday, Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa said Tina Husted should repay a tax break the Husteds claimed on the Columbus condominium she and Jon co-owned as a "principal residence" at the same time she got a $207.46 tax break on a different home she owned.

Husted said he and his wife have now repaid $27.22 to the auditor, who told him there are no other problems. Testa could not be reached for comment. Husted said Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith informed him "everything is fine" in this county.

However, Keith said he's only verified that the tax break was properly taken on the Kettering home since 1995 and that Husted is registered to vote there. He said it is up to Testa to review that information for possible conflicts with Tina's tax breaks. Keith said he will continue his inquiry.

As of last week, the couple was renting a home at 2672 Coventry Road in Upper Arlington. Husted would not directly say if they moved over the weekend to a house Tina owns at 2305 Haverford Road, Upper Arlington.

"We are no longer renting the Coventry and the only Columbus residence or Columbus property that we own, that my wife owns, is the property on Haverford," Husted said.

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Husted Residency Still Questioned, To Appear Before Board

Published: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM
Updated: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:27 AM

DAYTON, Ohio -- Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, R-Kettering, must appear on Jan. 7 before the Montgomery County Board of Elections, which is investigating whether he lives in his district at the Kettering address where he is registered to vote, the board decided on Tuesday, Dec. 16.

A letter will be sent to Husted outlining what documents the board is requesting he provide to prove his residency, said Steve Harsman, board director. Requests for an investigation came from a Kettering Republican and a liberal nonprofit group after an Oct. 18 Dayton Daily News story raised new questions about Husted's residency.

Husted, who could not be reached for comment, says his home is at 148 Sherbrooke Ave. in Kettering. However, he said he sometimes stays with his wife, Tina, in an Upper Arlington house she owns because the demands of his job as House Speaker frequently keep him in Columbus. Jon and Tina have one son and Jon has a son from his first marriage.

Husted took an apartment in Columbus shortly after becoming 37th District representative in 2001 and bought a Columbus condominium in 2003. He became speaker and married Tina in 2005. They co-owned a Columbus condominium they sold in 2007. Husted's wife is registered to vote at the Upper Arlington home.

Husted rarely had official business scheduled on his calendar after mid-August, when the House was not in session this year, according to a daily calendar provided by his office. It also shows few trips to his district. A travel expense report Husted signed for a 2005 trip to a conference in Las Vegas listed his home address as 911 Manor Lane, Columbus, which was the first condo he owned. A 2005 traffic citation handled in Upper Arlington Mayor's court also lists that as his home address.

In January Husted will take office as a sixth district senator. Ohio law requires that legislators live in their district.

In October the Daily News reported that Jon and Tina Husted had simultaneously claimed homes in Upper Arlington and Kettering as "principal" residences and taken property tax breaks for owner-occupied homes on them. They also claimed the condo they co-owned as a principal residence, while claiming the same tax break on homes in Kettering and Upper Arlington.

Tina was ordered by Franklin County Auditor Joe Testa to repay the tax break for the condominium. Testa said he considers the matter closed. Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith said he believes Husted qualifies for the tax break in Kettering, and he said state payroll records list it as Husted's home.

"If the board of elections determines that his voter registration is invalid at that address then I will have to take another look," Keith said.

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Snake in bathroom saves woman from bedroom attacker

Published: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Snake Saves Woman From Sexual Assault

A Florida woman is crediting a snake in her home with saving her from a sexual assault last week.

Police said the Lee County woman called deputies when she found the reptile in her bathroom, minutes before a man broke into her house, grabbed her and demanded sex, according to media reports

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Malcolm Porter, 28, allegedly sneaked up on the victim, choked her, then demanded she get condoms from another room. Once free, the woman fled from her home where deputies, who responded to the snake call, were waiting outside. 

Porter was arrested and is jailed without bond on charges of battery by strangulation.

The victim told police she knew the man and that he “may have been high" on drugs, local media reported. 

One of the victim's neighbors called the snake encounter "a blessing in disguise."

"The snake played a role in saving her," the neighbor said.