I am proud to be a Miami Valley Native. I was born in Wilmington, and I lived in Lebanon until I was six years old. My parents eventually moved back to Colorado to be closer to family. I will be honest, I never thought I would someday come back to Ohio and work for the same tv station my parents watched when I was a child. WHIO has been my home for the better part two decades. Before coming to Dayton, I worked at tv stations in Alaska, Georgia, North Carolina and Idaho. I have worked with some of the most talented, genuine and caring people. I always say its the people behind the scenes I have been blessed to have in life. They deserve so much of the credit for my success and longevity in television. At WHIO, I anchor a lot of news, 5p, 530p, 6p and 11p. I consider myself the luckiest man on tv because I get to sit alongside Cheryl McHenry, Molly Koweek and Chief Meteorologist McCall Vrydaghs. For more than a decade, I have loved sharing with viewers people “Making A Difference” in our community. These stories highlight the good, positive, uplifting people and organizations who deserve a pat on the back and a thank you. These stories have made me laugh, cry and appreciate the human spirit. Though the years, I am honored to have been awarded more than two dozen Regional Edward R. Murrow, Regional Emmy and Society of Professional Journalism Awards. None of those would have been possible without the people I work with every day, and WHIO’s loyal viewers. My biggest award/reward is our viewers’ trust. At the end of every newscast I say, “as always, we appreciate your company.” I promise you, I will never take our viewers for granted. WHIO, our viewers and our community have blessed my wife, daughter and son. We are proud to call the Miami Valley home.
Charles Kennedy is from Beavercreek, but goes to Xenia a few times a week, and we found him “Making a Difference” helping others. He said he is a part-time parking lot guide, and full-time volunteer with a smile you can’t miss.
Teachers are working remotely. Parents are doing their best teaching kids at kitchen tables all over the Miami Valley. But can students catch up after months outside of the classroom? News Center 7 Anchor James Brown investigates the long-term effect Covid-19 may have on our kids’ education Monday beginning at 5pm.