Here at News Center 7 we always appreciate your company! I anchor the 5pm, 5:30pm and 6pm newscasts with Cheryl McHenry and the 11 pm with Molly Koweek each weeknight. Prior to anchoring the evening news, I spent six years anchoring the 5 a.m., 6 a.m., 7 a.m. and noon newscasts.
I am a Miami Valley Native. I was born in Wilmington and lived in Lebanon for part of my childhood. My parents eventually moved back to their native Colorado. With no choice but to follow along, I am sure glad I did. Years later I met a young lady in high school. That wonderful woman is now my wife. We have two fabulous children.
Before settling down in Dayton in 2002, my wife and I lived all over the country. I worked for KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, as the Anchor and Managing Editor. Before that, I was an Anchor/Reporter for WXII-TV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Prior to that, I was KTUU-TV's Weekend Anchor and Reporter in the mid 1990's. I got my start in television news as a weekday morning anchor at WRDW-TV in Augusta, Georgia. I have a Bachelor's degree in Speech Communication from Colorado State University, and I also attended the University of Missouri-Columbia as part of a National Student Exchange Program.
When I am not anchoring the evening newscasts, I'm chasing my kids, doing lots of coloring with my daughter, throwing the football with my son, and trying to find a free hour or two to ride my Harley Davidson. There is nothing quite like taking a pre-dawn ride to the Golden Nugget for breakfast, then hitting the country roads in Preble and Darke counties. I’ll tell you, riding down a country road seeing the sun rise, seeing the green cornfields covered with morning dew, and seeing beautiful farm houses peppering the countryside is priceless.
Looking at my life, my greatest accomplishment is my family. My worst fear is my daughter becoming a teenager! If you have any advice on how to prepare me for that one, I am all ears.
And remember, if you ever just want to call and chat about anything, I look forward to visiting with you.
Q & A
Where were you born? Lebanon, Ohio
Where did you grow up? Loveland, Colorado
What was your favorite TV show then? Wide World Of Sports
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? Howard Cosell and a sportscaster
How might someone have described you in high school? A guy who did not miss any meals. I used to weigh 280-pounds. I blame it on being a football player and a guy who loved his steak and potatoes.
What was your first job? Delivering papers.
What was your first job in television? Ripped news scripts for anchors
What do you like about your job? Getting to meet new people and being able to share their stories with thousands of people
What do you not like about your job? Reporting on crimes where children are the victims
What might people be surprised to know about you? I ride a Harley Davidson, wear all the leather to go along with it, and I wear a helmet.
What is the hardest thing you ever did? Learn how to walk again after I was hurt during a high school football game.
What would be a perfect day for you? I consider everyday perfect. I have a wonderful wife and two beautiful children.
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?
Don’t forget you put your pants on just like everyone else, one leg at a time.
Read as many newspapers, magazines, etc. as possible.
Don’t ever take your viewers for granted.
Don’t jeopardize your reputation, and always be honest!
If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?
It would have to be my hurricane/flooding coverage back in 1999 in North Carolina. I had been on the road covering the disaster for almost a week. The flooding took our crew to a small community between Raleigh and the coast. This was a 500-year flood for the state.
All you could see were the roofs of homes. People lost everything they owned. Many did not have much to begin with. I saw then just how fortunate I was to have a change of clothes, a toothbrush, and a front yard to mow.
During my coverage of the disaster, I got emotional and conveyed this to thousands of viewers. They responded and they, along with countless others, helped raise thousands and thousands of dollars to help people who had nothing but the clothes on their backs.
Favorite book: Any book my daughter wants to read to me.
Favorite CBS show: CBS Sunday Morning
Favorite dream car: 1956 Chevy Bel Air
Favorite food: Spaghetti
Favorite hobby: Riding my motorcycle
Favorite Miami Valley place: Any country road on the seat of a Harley Davidson
Favorite movie: Shawshank Redemption
Favorite music: I listen to it all.
Favorite travel destination: Ocracoke Island, NC
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.