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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

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Springfield issues possible scam alert

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Bonfire spurs neighbor dispute, investigation

After a large bonfire led to disagreements between neighbors, local fire chiefs are cautioning residents about fire safety ahead of the Independence Day weekend.Mad River Twp./Enon Fire and EMS Chief Tracy Young said between the festivities and nice weather, he expects a lot of fireworks and fires.“Usually when these cooler ...

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A Clark County judge sentenced an Urbana man to 17 months in prison on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to vehicular assault earlier this month.Anthony Ryan, 31, of Urbana, has been accused of driving drunk and striking another driver in February. He then reportedly stabbed her in the leg while ...

Man, 41, takes plea deal to get 25 years in child rape

A plea deal in a child rape case against a 41-year-old Springfield man got him 25 years in prison, a sentence the mother of one of the victims said is "good enough." The sentencing of Allen Sanders, 922 Oak St., was one of two cases involving crimes against minors that ...

New blimp drone could bring manufacturing jobs in Springfield

State employees learned Wednesday how to operate a new aerostat — or blimp drone — and the technology could bring manufacturing jobs to Springfield in the future.The device consists of a 15-foot-diameter helium-filled balloon that can float up to 500 feet in the air. It has a camera mounted to ...

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Damaged trees threatening Springfield home will be removed

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Springfield man dies in shooting

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Audit: City could save $250K in water department

Cutting down on unnecessary water loss and changing the way it bills its residents could save the city of Bellefontaine up to $253,000 a year, according to a state auditor report.Bellefontaine is unique compared to many cities in that it bills tenants, not landlords, for utilities.The city has 13,000 residents ...

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