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Brian Bondus

News Center 7 All-Media-Journalist

It is an honor and blessing to join the team here at News Center 7 as an All-Media-Journalist. WHIO-TV has such a great reputation and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence for the #1 CBS station in the country!

I’m a proud Hoosier and Big 10 basketball fan! I was born in raised in Carmel, IN, a suburb just north of Indianapolis.  I started my broadcast career at Carmel High School doing the announcement and announcing football, basketball games for the school TV and radio stations. There I gained a love for journalism and took my talents to Columbia, MO and the Missouri School of Journalism. I graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism in May, 2013. I started working for the NBC affiliate, KOMU-8 News, my first week on campus and continued through graduation. I started as a production assistant and worked my way up to live-reporting and solo-anchoring the Sunday night newscasts.

Also, while at Mizzou I wrote, produced and anchored stories for Newsy.com, a multi-source video news website. I worked one semester for KMOX, the CBS radio affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri covering the Missouri legislature. I also got the opportunity to intern for Golf Channel in Orlando for its talk-show department.

I’m excited to bring these experiences to contribute to all of WHIO’s platforms as an All-Media-Journalist. I work out of the Springfield bureau and cover Logan and Champaign County for the Springfield News-Sun and Channel 7. Feel free to email me with any stories you would like covered!

In my free time, I enjoy playing golf, pick-up basketball and lounging by the pool on a summer day. I also love watching sports events, Colts and Pacers especially, and don’t mind unwinding to a show on Netflix at the end of the night.

 

 

Q & A

Where were you born?

Carmel, IN    

Where did you grow up?

Carmel, IN

What was your favorite TV show then?

CSI

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?

A sports announcer

How might someone have described you in high school?

Outgoing and involved

What was your first job?

Worked as a cart boy at a golf course

What was your first job in television?

Production Assistant at KOMU 8 News

What do you like about your job?

I like meeting the people of the Miami Valley, specifically in Champaign and Logan County. Everyone is so friendly and every day is a new adventure.

What do you not like about your job?

Reporting on crimes done to children and deaths

What might people be surprised to know about you?

I was voted “Most likely to be the next American Idol” in my high school senior class of 951

What is the hardest thing you ever did?

Achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. For my project, I organized and planned services for Veterans in nursing homes on Memorial Day.

What would be a perfect day for you?

I would wake up and go skiing in Vail, CO in the morning. Then I’d drive from the mountains to a golf course and squeeze in a twilight round of golf and finish the day with a nice steak dinner.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?

Never stop learning and find some mentors in the business who believe in you!

 

Favorites

Favorite book: The Great Gatsby

Favorite CBS show: 60 Minutes

Favorite dream car: Lamborghini

Favorite food: Filet with blue cheese on top

Favorite hobby: Playing golf and pick-up basketball

Favorite Miami Valley place: The Greene

Favorite movie: Up in the Air

Favorite music: County and the Top Hits

Favorite travel destination: Vail, CO

Latest from Brian Bondus

Teacher reprimanded for not reporting moonshine

School administrators in Logan County reprimanded a middle school teacher for not reporting a student who brought moonshine to class. Riverside Local Schools science teacher Jennifer Thompson told officers she knew the 13-year-old student had built a still and was producing alcohol, according to a Logan County Sheriffs Office’s report. ...

Springfield man pleads guilty in shooting death of 17-year-old

A Springfield teen pleaded guilty Tuesday to an aggravated murder charge in the death of 17-year-old Jeff Wellington last Easter. Tyrin Hawkins, 18, will be sentenced on Feb. 11. His trial had been scheduled to begin Tuesday in the Clark County Common Pleas Court, but a plea agreement was reached ...

Homicide suspect caught in Fairborn

A manhunt is over after a 17-year-old homicide suspect wearing orange jail clothes, no jacket or shoes Friday night fled two juvenile detention employees at the Springfield Regional Medical Center. UPDATE @ 2:10 p.m. Jan. 24 Clark County Chief Deputy Doyle Wright provided more details about what has transpired since ...

‘Groovy Grannies’ march for justice in Springfield

A group that calls itself the Groovy Grannies led its first march Monday morning at Springfield’s City Hall as a peaceful protest to the recent police-involved deaths of John Crawford III, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, all black males.“We are protesting for the young men who have been ...

Former city council member accused of sexually assaulting child

A former Sidney city council member has been accused of sexually assaulting a then 7-year-old child at Indian Lake nearly six years ago. Patrick Eshemann was living in California and was arrested in early December on charges of rape and gross sexual imposition after a Logan County grand jury issued ...

Clark Co. Prosecutor: Impossible to predict who may turn violent

The 28-year-old Brooklyn man accused of shooting two New York City police officers this weekend had been arrested at least three times in a span of just a few months in 2009 in Ohio — in Clark, Warren and Cuyahoga counties.In each instance Ismaaiyl Brinsley had short stays in jail ...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is shown around the new $35 million Honda Heritage Center in Marysville by the Honda of America Chief Operating Officer Tom Shoupe. The facility has a museum highlighting the history of the company in North American and a training areas for its associates. Brian Bondus/Staff

Honda opens $35M training facility, museum

Honda has completed a $35 million expansion to its Marysville plant that includes research and training facilities for technicians across North America. It’s called the Honda Heritage Center and also includes a museum highlighting the history of Honda in North America that will open to the public in January. The ...

Clark, Logan county schools hit by easy-to-spread virus

An easy-to-spread virus has been causing a large number of students to miss school recently in Clark and Logan counties. More than 350 cases of Norovirus have been reported in Clark County this fall and an outbreak started in Logan County last week. Benjamin Logan Local Schools had more than ...

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Charges dropped against Springfield drone pilot

Charges have been dropped against a Springfield man arrested for flying his drone over a traffic accident this spring, putting a spotlight on the lack of laws and education available for residents and law enforcement to deal with unmanned aerial vehicles. “We were kind of dealing with a unique situation ...

Demolition begins on Crowell-Collier site in downtown Springfield

Demolition started Friday on part of the massive Crowell-Collier complex in downtown Springfield, part of a more than 15-year effort to make the aging building safer.Three of the complex’s 11 buildings will be torn down by owner Mosier Industrial Services as part a court order. Work began Friday on a ...

 
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