James Rider

James Rider

I was born in Virginia and have moved several times in my life as a member of an Air Force family. I've lived in Virginia, California, Germany, England, and Ohio. I graduated from Centerville High School and then went on to attend Ball State University where I graduated with a bachelor's degree. After college I got a job at WLIO-TV up in Lima, Ohio where I spent nearly three years covering sports at the station. I then got a job back in Dayton as a sports reporter and anchor. After more than five years covering sports in the Miami Valley I'm happy to be back in television working at WHIO. I've been lucky enough to cover some amazing stories in my time in TV when I'm not working I'm likely watching sports, planning my next trip, or enjoying one of my favorite restaurants.


Where were you born? Springfield, VA

Where did you grow up? Centerville, OH

What was your favorite TV show then? As a kid my favorite TV show was probably Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

How might someone have described you in high school? Friendly

What was your first job? I worked at Arby's

What was your first job in television? Sports Reporter at WLIO-TV in Lima, OH

What do you like about your job? I love telling stories and the most memorable things I've done in my time in television can be traced back to people and getting the opportunity to tell their stories.

What might people be surprised to know about you? That I've lived in three different countries and have visited 30 different states

If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career, what would be on it? Probably a highlight reel of as many stories and moments as I could fit in 5 minutes.


Favorite book: Of Mice and Men

Favorite CBS Show: The Big Bang Theory

Favorite food: Cheeseburgers or Pizza

Favorite movie: Remember the Titans

Favorite music: Depends on the mood I have a very eclectic taste

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