I joined the WHIO NewsCenter7 team in September 2019 as a dayside reporter, but I am no stranger to CoxMediaGroup!
My first TV job was WPXI-TV in Pittsburgh where I started as a production assistant. From there I quickly moved up the ranks and worked as an entertainment reporter for WPXI’s show ‘See and Be Seen’ where I interviewed celebrities like Tyra Banks and covered big events like The Stanley Cup Finals for the Penguins!
Prior to joining WHIO, I was a reporter/anchor for WBOY-TV in Clarksburg West Virginia. Prior to WBOY I was an apprentice producer for KDKA-TV.
I’m a proud alumnus of Thiel College, where I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications. During my time at Thiel College, I was the meteorologist/reporter for the campus news.
Through my media career, I have also had the pleasure of being co-host for internationally-known WWE podcast 'Chair Shot Reality' and a IBS 'Golden Mic' award-winning station manager for 88.1FM WXTC.
When I’m not in the newsroom, I like to spend time bowling, traveling, doing voiceover projects, going to pro wrestling shows and motivating people as an ordained minister. Feel free to contact me with story ideas! I would love to talk to you!
Get to Know Ronnell:
Where was I born?
Where did I grow up?
New Castle, PA
What was your favorite TV show then?
What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?
How might someone have described you in high school?
Big ball of energy! lol
What was your first job?
Cashier at Wal-Mart
What was your first job in television?
Production Assistant at WPXI-TV (Cox Media Group station in Pittsburgh)
What do you like about your job?
To tell the stories of people that do not feel their voice is heard. I love helping people get a solution to their problems.
What do you not like about your job?
The amount of coffee I drink!! lol
What might people be surprised to know about you?
I’ve been a professional wrestler for 8+ years, Have been an actor on multiple movies and shows including a Lifetime TV show with Toni Braxton, Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’, and Denzel Washington’s ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’. I am also a Reverend.
What is the hardest thing you ever did?
Do the food eating challenge on FearFactor Live at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida….Yucky!!
What would be a perfect day for you?
A perfect day for me would be waking up and going to the gym, getting ice cream and binge watching Disney Channel movies!
What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business:
Stick to your dreams no matter how long it takes. Make sure you love the business because it will be hard at times, but well worth it!
If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career, what would be on it?
My interview with Tyra Banks and my entertainment story I did with the Pittsburgh Penguins during Stanley Cup Finals.
Favorite Book: ‘Sun Stand Still’ by Steven Furtick
Favorite CBS Show: N.C.I.S
Favorite Dream Car: 2020 Ferrari 812
Favorite Food: I love ALL FOOD, but I can happily live my life on HotDogs!! (Zombie Dogs took my love to a whole new level since I moved to Ohio!)
Favorite Hobby: Bowling and Fishing
Favorite Miami Valley Place: Still exploring the area, but always up for recommendations of places to visit.
Favorite Movie: High School Musical
Favorite Music: I love all music and listen to pretty much everything.
Favorite Travel Destination: Aruba and Puerto Rico