WHIO-TV names morning news co-anchor

Published: Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 3:13 PM
Updated: Thursday, August 30, 2012 @ 3:13 PM

Familiar news anchor and reporter Letitia Perry has been named to co-anchor News Center 7’s Daybreak Edition.  Perry will be joining John Paul, Rich Wirdzek and Gabrielle Enright in the WHIO-TV studios beginning Monday, September 3rd.

Perry, a Dayton native, is joining the team to continue to build on this summer’s recent ratings surge for WHIO-TV’s morning news.  Perry has been co-anchor of News Center 7 at 11pm for the past six years, and is in her 12th year with WHIO-TV.

“Letitia will be a wonderful addition to the News Center 7 Daybreak crew,” says David Bennallack, Senior News & Programming Leader at WHIO-TV.  “We’re very fortunate to have someone with Letitia’s journalistic experience, local knowledge, and positive and engaging personality.”   

“This is an exciting new chapter in my broadcast career,” said Perry.  “I look forward to working with John, Gabrielle and Rich in helping our viewers get their day started with the latest news and information.  I grew up watching Channel 7 and to this day I’m still thrilled, excited and proud to be a member of the News Center 7 team.”

A Dayton native, Perry graduated from Meadowdale High School.  After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree from Central Michigan University, she worked in radio newsrooms for ten years in Columbus and in Dayton before joining WHIO-TV in 2001.  Perry emcees events for dozens of local charitable organizations and churches, and can often be seen talking about the business of journalism with students at career days.  She retains the memory of how television news influenced her early years.

“Letitia is a trusted anchor who was born and raised here and knows the stories that are important to our community,” said Bennallack.  “I’m confident that our morning viewers will not only appreciate the energy that she brings to each newscast, but her passion for keeping our community informed.”

About WHIO-TV: Channel 7 is part of Cox Media Group Ohio and remains a top ranked station in the United States for news, as well as the #1 ranked CBS affiliate in the country (HH share, metered markets).

About Cox Media Group Ohio: Cox Media Group Ohio (CMG Ohio) is a fully integrated media enterprise that includes print and online products for the Dayton Daily News, Hamilton JournalNews, Springfield News-Sun, and the Middletown Journal daily newspapers, and The Western Star, Fairfield Echo, The Oxford Press and The Pulse-Journal weekly newspapers; targeted print and online products such as ActiveDayton.com, Skywrighter, DaytonB2B, SpringfieldB2B and CinDayB2B; and broadcast properties that include WHIO-TV, a CBS affiliate, and News Talk Radio WHIO 95.7FM and AM 1290, K99.1FM and 95.3 The Eagle. For more information about Cox Media Group Ohio, please check us out online at www.cmgohio.com.

About Cox Media Group: Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company that includes the national advertising rep firms of Cox Reps. Additionally, CMG owns and operates Valpak, one of North America’s leading direct marketing companies.   With $1.7 billion in revenue, the company operations include 15 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, 86 radio stations, eight daily newspapers and more than a dozen non-daily publications, and more than 100 digital services.   CMG operates in more than 30 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including 30 million TV viewers, more than 4 million print and online newspaper readers, and 18 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.

Al Franken: What happens to his Senate seat if he resigns?

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:16 AM

What You Need To Know About Al Franken

Sen. Al Franken, (D-Minn.), will make an announcement on the floor of the U.S. Senate Thursday as to whether he will resign his seat amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Franken is expected to speak at 11:45 a.m. ET.

Franken has been accused of inappropriate conduct by several women. On Wednesday, more than 20 fellow senators called for Franken to resign.

What happens to his seat if he does? Here’s a look at the process of filling the seat.

Requirements:

A person who would be a senator from Minnesota must:

Be at least 30 years old

Be a resident of Minnesota

Be a U.S. citizen for at least nine years

Who makes the decision on a replacement?

According to state law, Minnesota’s governor is authorized to fill the vacancy if a senator resigns. The governor, Democrat Mark Dayton, can make temporary appointments to fill Senate vacancies, but a special election must be held to fill the seat until the next scheduled election of that seat is held.

When would a special election be held in this case?

In Minnesota, if the seat is vacated at least 11 weeks before a scheduled primary, then a special election must be held the following November. There is a primary set for Aug. 14, 2018, in Minnesota, so that would mean that a special election would have to be held in November 2018 if Franken resigns before May 29, 2018. Minnesota’s other senator, Amy Klobuchar, (D), is up for re-election in that election.
 

The winner of the special election would serve out Franken’s term, which ends in January 2021. If that person wants to stay in the seat for the six-year term that begins in January 2021, he or she would have to face re-election in November 2020. 

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) looks over his papers during a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, on Capitol Hill November 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)(Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Atheists erect billboard saying church is ‘fake news’

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 7:23 AM

Atheist Billboards Spark Controversy In New Mexico

A billboard in Albuquerque is turning heads this Christmas season. 

Atheists.org, the website for American Atheists, has purchased billboard space touting “Just skip church it’s all fake news!”

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Nick Fish, a member of American Atheists, told KRQE, “It’s a great way for us to in a kind of lighthearted way start those conversations and get people talking.”

People were talking about the sign, but maybe not the way the group intended.

Connie Lindsay told KRQE, “I think it’s terrible, because Christmas is almost here for one thing and that’s not the way I wish to celebrate the holidays.”

But others agreed with the sign.

“I myself am an atheist so gonna have to concur with that,” Devon Gutierrez told KRQE.

The sign is meant, according to Fish, to not only get people to think critically about the message conveyed by religion, but also to remind people. “Christianity or any other religion doesn’t have a monopoly on December. So, our message here is, however you want to celebrate it, go ahead and do that,” Fish said.

Similar billboards were scheduled to be installed in Texas, NBC News reported.

Billboards were scheduled to be put up in Oklahoma, but they were not permitted by the billboard company, NBC News reported.

U.S. Navy sailor sketched Pearl Harbor attack before he was killed in action

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 8:40 AM

VIDEO: Sailor Sketched Pearl Harbor Attack Before He was Killed in Action

Leonard Franklin Tomlinson lived and served in an age before social media, and the image he left behind is less ephemeral and certainly more meaningful than the slew of selfies we all serve up today.

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Man saves wild rabbit from California wildfires

Published: Thursday, December 07, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

Scenes from Southern California Wildfire

A California man risked his life to save a wild rabbit among the flames in the state’s wildfires.

KABC reported that a video posted to social media shows the unidentified man dressed in shorts and a hoodie running after the rabbit in La Conchita, California. 

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Witnesses said the man pulled over to save the wild rabbit along Highway 1 in Southern California’s Ventura Country, according to ABC News

The man could be seen jumping up and down in a panic before crouching down into the bush and attempting to grab the animal. The rabbit ultimately allowed the man to pick it up.
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The man did not want to be interviewed.

The Thomas fire started Monday and has since grown to 90,000 acres. It has prompted evacuations across the region.