Drew Simon, WHIO

Drew Simon

I’ve been with Cox Media Group Ohio since October 2011. I started with the company as a reporter for News Talk Radio WHIO, and quickly transitioned to the multi-platform Breaking News Team, which serves WHIO-TV and News Talk Radio WHIO.

Prior to starting with Cox Media Group, you likely saw me running around as a member of the Dayton Dragons Green Team, where I started working when I was 16. I’ll be the first to say it was the greatest summer job ever! Nothing was more fun than entertaining Dragons fans on a nightly basis.

I grew up in the small town of Pleasant Hill, which is located about 10 minutes west of Troy in Miami County. In Pleasant Hill, I attended Newton Local Schools, where I graduated in 2007.

As a kid, I always was a big hockey fan, and dreamed of becoming an NHL player. I soon realized that job was not in the cards and that’s when I began pursuing a career in the news business.

My drive for news started when I was a freshman in high school. I’m very proud to say I started a small news operation at my high school called the N2 Report. The N2 Report was a weekly show that focused on the events of the school and surrounding areas.

After graduating high school I went on to attend Wright State University, where I majored in Mass Communications and graduated Magna Cum Laude in June 2011. While in college, I had the opportunity to serve as an Entertainment Host for WSU’s men’s basketball games.

Throughout college I also interned for WHIO-TV. I’m happy to be a part of the Cox Media Group family and I’m thrilled to be working so close to home and my family.


Where were you born? Troy, Ohio

Where did you grow up? Pleasant Hill, Ohio

What was your favorite TV show then? Rugrats and Double Dare.

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? A professional hockey player.

How might someone have described you in high school? Enthusiastic and spirited

What was your first job? Dayton Dragons Green Team member. Yes, I was the guy who shot the t-shirts! My stage name was “D-Man”.

What was your first job in television? Multimedia First Responder for WHIO-TV

What do you like about your job? Each day I come into the newsroom I don’t know what I’ll be doing or where I’ll be off to next. The excitement of the unpredictability makes every day interesting.

What do you not like about your job? It’s hard to see people suffer at some of the scenes (i.e. car crashes, shootings, fires, etc) you have to respond to as a reporter, but you eventually learn how to handle those situations.

What might people be surprised to know about you? People would be surprised to know that I used to dye my hair green for every Dayton Dragons game I worked.

What is the hardest thing you ever did? My grandpa was a bus driver at the school I attended growing up, and it was extremely difficult to speak at his funeral. With him being a member of the school community, many of the teachers I had growing up were in attendance at the funeral. It was the first time I really let my emotions show in front of my teachers.

What would be a perfect day for you? I love city life, so a perfect day would have to be a day touring a different big city and seeing what that entire city has to offer.

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? Be prepared to work hard and be creative. This business is changing daily, so I recommend learning all the different media platforms (digital, print, radio and television). You never know what tools you may need while covering a story.