Kate Bartley

Published: Tuesday, August 09, 2016 @ 2:43 PM

Kate Bartley

Dayton is my home: it’s the city where I started my career, met my husband and had our son Charlie. I’m proud to work at WHIO—a news organization with a historic legacy and employees who work hard and love what they do. 

I’m not far from where I grew up. Bucyrus, home of the annual Bratwurst Festival, is just a couple hours north. 

I started working at WBCO/WQEL, the local radio station, when I was 16—where I spent a lot of time board-operating Cleveland sports games. They let me choose the songs I played, which is why I’m such a fan of classic rock music. Later, I worked there as a morning news reporter. I really fell in love with television at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. I reported and anchored at NewsLink Indiana before moving up to executive producer. I graduated summa cum laude with a degree in telecommunications as a news option with a minor in history. After graduation, I spent a year on a Fulbright Scholarship in South Sumatra, Indonesia teaching English and doing a lot of learning on my own. 

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I love telling stories in the Miami Valley, and I’m always looking for my next lead. Please reach out if you have an idea—or if you know a fun event my family and I need to check out! We love adventures.

 

Q & A  

  • Where were you born?  
    • Toledo, Ohio 
  • Where did you grow up?  
    • Bucyrus, Ohio 
  • What was your favorite TV show then?  
    • Family Matters 
  • What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  
    • Radio DJ
  • How might someone have described you in high school?  
    • Focused and involved 
  • What was your first job?  
    • Board operator at a radio station 
  • What was your first job in television?  
    • NewsLink Indiana anchor and executive producer 
  • What do you like about your job?  
    • I love telling stories that matter to people who care about what happens in their community. Every day is something different. 
  • What do you not like about your job?  
    • The time crunch: sometimes we really have to rush to get stories on the air in time. 
  • What might people be surprised to know about you?  
    • I played the drums and piano all the way through high school. Also, I’m a huge cat-lover!   
  •  What would be a perfect day for you?  
    • I’d wake up at the beginning of a long vacation in a beautiful villa in Italy with my family. I’d spend the day exploring museums and markets, drinking red wine, and eating all the pasta and pizza I could manage. 
  •  What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?  
    • Take advantage of internships! It’s the perfect chance to take your time improving your skills, and make sure you ask lots of questions.  

 

Favorites  

  • Favorite book: 
    • Anything by Anna Quindlan, Jodi Piccoult or Bill Bryson. Anne of Green Gables was my favorite growing up.
  • Favorite CBS show: 
    • 60 Minutes
  • Favorite food: 
    • Nachos, salsa, and cheese  
  • Favorite hobby: 
    • Exploring local parks with my son
  • Favorite Miami Valley place: 
    • The Fraze  
  • Favorite movie: 
    • Dirty Dancing  
  • Favorite music: 
    • Classic rock and Indie pop  
  • Favorite travel destination: 
    • Mexico

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