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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Alexandra Lewis

Alexandra Lewis - Reporter

I joined the ABC 22/FOX 45 News Team from my hometown of Houston, Texas.

While in Houston, I worked as a Traffic and General Assignment Reporter at NBC Affiliate KPRC.
 
I also spent time in Louisiana, working as a Morning Show Anchor and Reporter for the CBS affiliate in Lafayette. My experience in Cajun Country was a whirlwind. I covered hurricanes Gustav and Ike and interviewed an array of public figures from Gov. Bobby Jindal to Lil Wayne.

My experience in journalism began in my teens when I hosted a young adult morning show on the former UPN-20 in Houston. At the ripe age of 13, it was clear that news was my calling!
 
I earned a B.S. in both Broadcast Journalism and Political Science from the University of Miami (Fla.) Although a 'Cane for life, I can appreciate the passion and success of Buckeye Nation. (And will overlook my grudge for the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.)

I live for travel, seeing as many movies as possible, and my Huskie/Blue Heeler mix, CoCo, and decorating for every holiday. EVERY holiday.
 
If you see me around town please say 'Hi. Im eager to learn as much about the Miami Valley as possible.
 
Don't forget to catch me weekdays on FOX 45 at 6:30 & 10 p.m. and ABC 22 at 6 & 11 p.m.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Amber Watson

Amber Watson - Reporter

I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but I am now proud to call Dayton home.

Before joining the ABC 22 and FOX 45 news team, I went to college at University of Central Missouri, where I earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. I then continued my studies at Lindenwood University, receiving a Master of Arts in Broadcast Digital Multimedia.

My first job was at KPLR in St. Louis where I worked as a Feature Reporter and an Associate Producer. During my time there I was nominated for a Regional Emmy.

I then headed to WMDT on  Maryland's Eastern Shore. There I worked as the Noon Anchor. I would also hit the streets to cover a story as a reporter and I would produce, many times all in the same day. It was a great challenge. During my three years there I won two AP awards. While living in Salisbury I covered the Seagull Century, an event that gathers cyclists all over the country while raising money for charity. I was quickly recruited and also became a cyclist, riding 100 miles across Delmarva for the Alzheimer's Association. That is a hobby I carried with me and I'm excited about hitting all the bike trails here in the Miami Valley.

I am proud to be the Morning Reporter for ABC 22/FOX 45. The hard-working staff and the dedication our team gives to break a story is what drew me to the station. I am happy to say I have my dream job. What I love most is that I never stop learning. Through my stories, my goal is to educate the public, empowering them with knowledge and the tools to be proactive within the community.

I always look forward to meeting my Miami Valley neighbors so if you see me out-and-about exploring, stop by and say hi.

You can see my reports weekday mornings from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. on ABC 22 Good Morning and from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. on FOX 45 In the Morning.

I would love to share your stories. If you have an interesting story idea, feel free to send me an email.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Ann Reynolds

Ann Reynolds - Host

I'm a Dayton native and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Ohio University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism, majoring in Television Broadcast News. My high marks and work as an anchor, reporter and producer earned me top honors in my broadcast news class. I also lettered as a four-year OU Varsity Cheerleader, and received the Scholar/Athlete Award for graduating with the highest GPA.

After college, a career in broadcast was temporarily put on hold. I continued work with an agency as a commercial actress and model, as well as work as a Head Instructor, Judge and Choreographer for an international cheer and dance company, which kept me traveling. These wonderful opportunities seemed like they would be short-term, but lasted much longer than expected.

In addition, I was fortunate to spend many years as an NFL Cheerleader for the Cincinnati Bengals, serving as a Corner Captain, Cheer Coach, Rookie Coach, and a member of the select traveling Ben-Gal Show Team -- performing on USO tours state-side and overseas.

With my feet firmly planted back in the Miami Valley, I was thrilled to join FOX 45 and ABC 22 as a freelance feature host and reporter and assist with producing entertainment segments. You can catch me on most mornings talking about entertainment, businesses in our community, fun lifestyle ideas and hosting cooking segments. I am so happy to finally be back working in news and having the opportunity to meet so many people in the Miami Valley!

I continue to do some commercial and spokesperson work, and is thoroughly enjoying being the mom of two little boys. I'm very passionate about volunteer work with the Humane Society of Greater Dayton and as a Humane Society spokesperson, you will often see me on-air with an adorable pet looking for a forever home. I am also committed to working with the Miami Valley Hospital Foundation, and I host an annual event benefiting cancer research and assisting cancer patients, a cause that is very important to me after my mom's long battle with ovarian cancer.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Chris Mulcahy

Chris Mulcahy - Meteorologist

I am originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but I've lived all over. I got my first green-screen experience at Florida State University (Go Noles!) where I graduated with a Bachelor's in Meteorology. From there I headed out to live with the corn in Sioux City, Iowa, to work for Channel 9 KCAU-TV. One Saturday night we actually had 30 tornadoes roll through our area over 5 1/2 hours!

Outside of the studio my biggest passion is writing songs and playing guitar. But I just love making the most out of every day! Random facts: I owned a goat in college, I enjoy flat soda, I am an only child, I may like Harry Potter a bit TOO much, baseball is my favorite sport (Go Reds and Red Sox) and I love entertaining people.

I love working in the mornings and starting the day with you. However, there is never a time that when the alarm goes off at 1:37 am (yes that is when I set it for) that getting up that early is a Top 10 favorite of mine! BUT, once I am out of bed - BOOM - I am ready to go!

I have wanted to be a meteorologist since I was 5 years old. In fact, my first library borrow was Thunderstorm for Kids. So I feel I am exactly where I should be right now. I am not always in the studio though. I am lucky I am able to go out and try new things for stories such as rappelling down the Key Bank building, sky diving, towel sledding and that is just the beginning.

I promise if you spend some time with me in the mornings I will make it far from boring.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Christian Hauser

Christian Hauser - Reporter

I'm originally from northern Kentucky, right across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. I graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in journalism, and a minor in political science.

I spent three years working for two different NBC stations in Montana. I couldn't have asked for a better place to start my news career. The scenery was incredible and the people were unforgettable. I covered everything under the sun during my time there.

I then went back to my hometown to work at the station I interned at during college, WCPO, in Cincinnati. I produced an hour of Good Morning Tri-State, and then would report on breaking news and traffic crashes. I also was proud to present the stations student of the week awards during the school year.

I am pleased to be back in front of the camera reporting full-time in Dayton. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

If you have any story ideas or know of something in the community we should be aware of feel free to get in touch with me.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Deborah Linz

Deborah Linz - Anchor

First let me say, its an honor to come into your homes every evening and bring you the news of the day.  I grew up in Olney, Maryland, went to college at Virginia Tech (yes, Im a proud Hokie!) and am now fortunate to call Ohio home.

Like many people in the news business, I have worked in a number of TV markets including Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and most recently Charleston, W.Va., where I anchored the evening news for more than 10 years.  I was honored by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association and Associated Press to win Best Anchor a total of 12 times. I also took home an EMMY for a series of reports I did on St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital.

Im also a strong animal advocate and my news coverage of several animal cruelty and neglect cases in West Virginia eventually led to several changes in local and state laws.

I am married with two crazy kids. My son, Colby, is 9 and likes Legos, soccer and gymnastics and my 6-year old daughter, Samantha, is into princesses, theater and gymnastics as well.

When Im not hanging out with the hubby and kiddos, I enjoy traveling, reading books on the beach and cycling and jogging for exercise.

I look forward to connecting with more of our loyal viewers and if anyone has a great story to tell you can reach me by email, Facebook or Twitter. Cant wait to hear from you!


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Elyse Coulter

Elyse Coulter - Reporter

I grew up in Northeast Ohio in Youngstown. I come from a huge Italian family, who loves to cook, eat and be obnoxiously loud. I'm proud of where I'm from, and the culture I grew up in. And I have to admit, I can make some mean spaghetti sauce! It's my specialty.

I graduated from The Ohio State University. Yep, I said it, "The." I'm a true Buckeye fan, and honestly know more about college football than any girl should know! I actually love sports in general, but here's a little secret, I'm not very graceful!

I've worked at several stations during my career. I started behind the scenes at WSYX/WTTE in Columbus, and worked there all through my Senior year of college. It's where I learned everything I know about reporting and anchoring. I then moved on to a small city in Virginia called Winchester. Some of you might know it as the "Las Vegas of the South." Apparently, a lot of people run off to get married there because you don't have to wait on a marriage license. It was a great place to live, but I have to admit, I was ecstatic to come back home to the Buckeye state.

I have two amazing fur children. They've been a part of my life for a very long time, and I pretty much treat them like my kids. My oldest's name is Beamer. He's 8 years old and I love his little chubby cheeks! My youngest is Chase. He's 6 years old, and is my maniac, but a HUGE baby.

I am so proud to live in the Miami Valley and be a part of this community. The area reminds me a lot of my hometown. It's full of hard-working, blue-collar families, but what sets the valley apart from home is the community hasn't given up on the fact that the area can make a comeback after all the economical hits it's taken. That says something not only for the area, but for the people who live here and I'm proud to say I'm a part of it.

You can reach me on Facebook or on Twitter. Feel free to message me anytime!


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Erik Elken

Erik Elken - Sports Director / Reporter

I am excited to be a part of the ABC 22 and FOX 45 team. I come to Dayton from Eugene, Oregon, where I was a Sports Anchor/Reporter at KEZI-TV covering the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers. While there, I spent extensive time traveling throughout Pac-12 country covering Oregon football, including its run to a 2013 Fiesta Bowl win. I also covered Oregon's back-to-back NCAA Tournament runs, the 2012 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials and learned Phil Knight knows how to spend a few bucks on new athletic facilities.

Prior to my time in the Pacific Northwest, I was a play-by-play announcer in the Northeast. I served as the voice of the Tri-City ValleyCats (Class A Short Season Affiliate of the Houston Astros) in 2011.

Born in New Jersey and raised in Albany, New York, I'm a proud graduate of Syracuse University (Go Orange!), where I earned degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Sport Management. If you ask me about Dayton's big upset of Syracuse in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, I wont know what you're talking about.

I enjoy spending my free time skiing, at the gym, traveling and, of course, watching and playing sports.

Feel free to send me a story idea or just say hello by email, Twitter or Facebook.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Hilary Zalla

Hilary Zalla - Reporter

Hello there! I grew up in the Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati area and attended Xavier University for a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Electronic Media.

My first job was as an evening anchor and reporter in Minot, North Dakota. While there, I covered the devastating Souris River Flood when one-third of the city was engulfed in water. It was hard to report on, but made me really appreciate the power of news as we were the eyes and ears for the city.

I have six sisters and one brother. It is so fun to come from such a big family! I had to learn to talk a lot and loudly to get heard, which is why I really enjoy being a part of the morning show. If you're a frequent viewer, you know that we like to talk!

I enjoy traveling, especially to Great Britain. I studied abroad in Wales and made some wonderful friends all across Europe.

Recently, I visited a tiny island off Spain in the Mediterranean Sea and was so excited to speak Spanish to the locals. No one understood me, though, and I pride myself on being able to carry on a conversation. I quickly realized they spoke a very rare dialect of Spanish. I was doomed!

I live in Centerville and was drawn to the area because of the family-oriented atmosphere and walkable downtown. However, I enjoy taking advantage of the entire Miami Valley. One of my favorite activities is hiking in Germantown.

I am so proud to work at ABC 22/FOX 45 because I get the amazing opportunity to wake up with you every weekday morning from 4:30 am to 9 am and provide you with your OnTime Traffic and feature stories to make you smile!

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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Jack Atherton

Jack Atherton - Anchor

Being able to report to you each night how the great people of greater Dayton are reinventing our community in tough times, while cherishing our traditions, has been the luckiest break of my nearly 30 years in broadcasting.

I was born and grew up around Morristown, New Jersey, then studied history at Yale and law at Columbia. Along the way I wrote classical music reviews, and also drew caricatures for newspapers and magazines including The New York Times. 
After practicing law in New York City for seven years, Aymsley -- an incredible woman who somehow agreed to marry me in 1982 -- urged me to follow a passion, so I went back to Columbia for a masters in journalism. Since then I have anchored and reported in San Antonio, Miami and Cincinnati before getting the chance to join WKEF/WRGT in 2012.

My passions are staying in close touch with our two grown daughters, football, volunteering with Goodwill Easter Seals, and kicking around ideas. The University of Cincinnati gave me a chance to do that, teaching a class on the history of electronic media. I also wrote a book in 2008 called "A Light-Hearted Defense of Liberty." And now our remarkable parent company, Sinclair Broadcast Group, is posting my political blogs on all of its station websites. I hope youll find them here and then join the discussion.

If you ever see me around the Miami Valley, please say hello " and sound off!


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Jackie Couture

Jackie Couture - Anchor / Reporter

Telling people's stories, giving a voice to those who aren't being heard, and meeting people from all walks of life are just a few of the reasons why I love journalism. Television Journalism is an especially powerful medium, and I take that responsibility seriously.

I joined the team in July 2010 and have covered a range of issues. Some of the more well-known stories include the 2013 Dayton Air Show crash and the dozens of visits made by President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney during the heated race for the White House in 2012.

I'm a proud and strong advocate for the Alzheimer's Association Miami Valley Chapter, helping spread awareness about the disease through forums, public service announcements and volunteer work.

In 2011, I decided to further my education, and gained my Master of Science in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. I did my undergraduate at Emerson College in Boston. Being from New England, I do love the Patriots and Red Sox, but don't worry, I cheer for the Bengals and I'm now a big Reds fan!

Outside of work, I stay really active, including my new-found love for CrossFit. I also enjoy sightseeing and traveling. My husband, Ryan, and I have a four-legged daughter, Lilly, who is way too spoiled!

You can watch for me anchoring weekends and reporting weekdays on ABC 22 and FOX 45 News. Please be in touch with any stories ideas, suggestions or comments!


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - James Rider

James Rider - Sports Anchor / Reporter

I'm excited about being back in Dayton. Growing up in the Miami Valley and graduating from Centerville High School are experiences I wouldn't trade for anything. From Centerville I went on to graduate from Ball State University. In case you didn't know that's the same alma mater as David Letterman, Jim Davis, the creator of Garfield, and John Schnatter, the founder of Papa Johns pizza.
 
While I was in college I also interned in the sports department here at ABC 22 and FOX 45. After graduating from Ball State I was excited to start my career in nearby Lima, Ohio, at WLIO as a sports reporter and anchor.
 
I love the Miami Valley, especially because of Wright-Patt, which is what brought me to the area. My father served in the Air Force and because of that I was very fortunate in getting to travel and live in many different places. Ive lived from Virginia all the way to California and even across the pond in Germany and England.
 
I love any and all sports so please feel free to find me on Facebook, Twitter or e-mail.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Jeff Booth

Jeff Booth - Meteorologist

Hi, I'm the Chief Meteorologist here at ABC 22/FOX 45 and have called Dayton home since June 2009. I'm a full member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and I've earned the seal of approval from both organizations.

I grew up in Columbus but I've called many places home because my career has taken me all over the country. After working in radio I got my first full-time job in television at WOAY-TV in Oak Hill, West Virgina, reporting and doing weather on the weekends (actually I did everything other than sports on those weekend shows).

I got the chance to move back to Ohio when my wife was pregnant with our second child in the summer of 2003 when I took a job doing weather five days a week at WLIO-TV in Lima. Despite the lack of sleep I had a lot of fun up in West Central Ohio but when I had a chance to move to the Aloha State I jumped at it.

Moving to Hawaii was a scary but exciting adventure and I spent almost five years there enjoying the beach, learning to surf and eating all sorts of delicious food from all over the world.  I started out doing weather on the weekends and reporting for KGMB-TV but in September 2007 we launched the morning show "Sunrise" and I was happy to fill the role of morning meteorologist/traffic anchor. We enjoyed a lot of success on "Sunrise" and I loved living in paradise but when my wife and I learned we were going to have our third child we decided it was time to "grow up" and move back home.

We love living in the Miami Valley and our three daughters do as well. My wife and I met in college and we're both graduates of Ohio University (go Bobcats!). 

I got my first experience in TV while living in Athens when my roommate and I had a public access TV show. I won't get into the specifics but I'm happy to say that those programs are lost to history - I don't know if my kids could ever look at me the same if they got a hold of an old tape.

One of the things I love about my job is the fact that I get to meet so many interesting people. I do a lot of school talks and love seeing the look on the kids' faces when I tell them what goes into being a meteorologist and working in television. If you ever see me around stop and say "hi" or if you ever have a weather question find me on Facebook or Twitter. You can also read my blog "Inside the Broadcast Booth" where I'll discuss everything from the day's weather to my love of Star Wars. Thanks for watching and take it easy!


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Kelly May

Kelly May - Reporter

I love telling stories and am excited to be reporting back in my home state of Ohio!

Before coming back to the Buckeye State, I most recently worked at KIEM in Humboldt Bay, California. There, I worked every job in our small newsroom: Reporter, Anchor, Producer and Photographer. I've reported from the middle of wildfires, I've interviewed gang members in California's highest security prison, and I broke national news after a local surfer had his stomach ripped open by a great white shark! I've also been in more of my fair share of earthquakes. California taught me so much about myself as a journalist, and I'm hoping to learn even more from the people of the Miami Valley.

Before heading to California, I graduated from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University (Go Bobcats!) I worked for both WOUB-TV and the local Government Access Channel in Athens when I wasn't in class.

When I'm not at work, I'm traveling and doing anything to get outside!

Contact me any time.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Kristine Frazao

Kristine Frazao - Reporter

I am an Emmy award-winning journalist, with more than a decade of on-air experience. As the National Correspondent for Sinclair Broadcast Group, I report on the top political stories of the day along with investigative reports on government waste, fraud and abuse.

Prior to joining the Sinclair news team, I was the White House Correspondent for RT America.  I covered the 2010 and 2012 elections both on the road and in Washington, and anchored nightly newscasts on RT for three years as well. Also during my time at RT, I reported extensively on the impact of hydraulic fracturing -- or fracking -- in Pennsylvania, as well as the tragic rate of teen suicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

I was born and raised in San Diego, Calif., where I also worked for four years as a general assignment reporter, working for the Fox affiliate (XETV) as well as the NBC affiliate (KNSD) where I received an Emmy for coverage of the Wildfires of 2007.

I got my on-air start working in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, at WJCL/WTGS, where I worked as the political reporter, covering City Council and County Commission. I also traveled to Gulfport, Mississippi, to cover the damage and devastation from Hurricane Katrina.

I love living in the Washington, D.C., area and covering politics. I spend my free time traveling, reading and going on adventures with my black lab, Chomsky.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Lee Ann Okuly

Lee Ann Okuly - Meteorologist

I joined ABC 22 and FOX 45 from neighboring Indiana. I'm a Midwest native who grew up in the small town of Huntington, Indiana. Yes, the hometown of former Vice President Dan Quayle. I attended school at Purdue University and graduated with a degree in Synoptic Meteorology.

I got my first job in TV weather while still in school! I worked weekends at the CBS affiliate in West Lafayette. Literally the day of graduation I packed the moving truck and headed north to Wausau, Wisconsin. I was the morning meteorologist at the CBS affiliate WSAW. After that I moved back home to Indiana and took the weekend meteorologist position at WANE TV in Fort Wayne.

Although weather is my first love, I'm also a HUGE NASCAR fan. Ive been to lots of races, including the Brickyard 400 five times, Bristol twice, Michigan, Chicago, and Martinsville. My goal while living in Dayton is to go to the Kentucky race!

I'm glad to still be working so close to home. Dayton is an exciting place and the weather here keeps life interesting.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Meghan Mongillo

Meghan Mongillo - Anchor / Reporter

Good Morning! Being a morning news anchor, I feel like Im always saying that and I mean it. Ive always been an early riser and enjoy spending my mornings with you.

Im very familiar with Southwest Ohio. Before coming to Dayton, I worked in Cincinnati as a morning reporter/anchor at FOX 19. I also worked as a reporter in Fort Wayne, Indiana, at WANE-TV and WHIZ in Zanesville, Ohio.

I grew up in the small town of Columbiana, Ohio, just south of Youngstown. Im one of four daughters -- and yes, my parents say we were a handful.

College took me to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Robert Morris University, where I graduated Cum Laude with a degree in Communications.

I was also a four-year starter for the RMU women's volleyball team. I still play a lot of volleyball and enjoy all types of sports and being outdoors. But I also love cooking, baking and spending time with family and friends.

My most memorable news story is one that I not only covered, but also became involved in: I was reporting live from a crime scene where a young woman had been raped and robbed. As we were breaking down our equipment to leave, I noticed a pair of earrings on the ground. The investigators had already left, so I scooped them up with my script (careful not to touch them - I watch too many cop shows) and took them to the Sheriff's Office. It turns out they belonged to the victim and had the suspect's DNA on them! I later testified at the trial and the man was convicted.

Im happy to be part of the Miami Valley and the morning news team. Hopefully, I can put a smile on your face each morning, too.

You can see me on the anchor desk weekdays from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on ABC 22 'Good Morning' and from 7 to 9 a.m. on FOX 45 'In the Morning'.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Mike Kallmeyer

Mike Kallmeyer - Anchor

Hello and thanks for watching ABC 22 Good Morning and FOX 45 In The Morning!

Im from just down the road in Cincinnati, and attended college a bit farther down the road at Ohio University in Athens. From OU, it was back to Cincinnati where I started my career as a producer at WKRC-TV. From there, I moved on to WTAP-TV in Parkersburg, West Virginia, ONN/WBNS-TV in Columbus, and then to WSYX ABC 6 in Columbus. I was honored to win the Associated Press Best Anchor in Ohio award five times and three EMMY awards for writing and feature reporting.

At home, the household is all female -- my wife, Jill, sassy 6-year old daughter Elizabeth, spunky 2-year-old Emily, and high-maintenance 5-pound Yorkie, Chloe. When Im not spending QT with the FAM, I love to golf and attend sporting events. Go Reds and Bengals!

Ohio is truly the heart of it all when it comes to electing presidents. Covering politics over the years has been one of the highlights of my career -- on the campaign trail and presidential visits from Bush and Obama.

Theres no better place in the Buckeye State than the Miami Valley. Its greatest asset: the people who live here! Its an honor to be part of your lives every morning.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Natasha Williams

Natasha Williams - Reporter

I returned to the ABC 22/FOX 45 family in April 2014. I most recently worked at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati after nearly 20 years as an Anchor/Reporter at WHIO-TV in Dayton. I began my career as an Anchor/Reporter at WBBJ-TV in Jackson, Tennessee, and held similiar positions in Rockford, Illinois, and at WKEF-TV, the then-NBC affiliate here in Dayton.

I graduated from Johnson C. Smith University and hold a Master of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. I've won several awards, including an Emmy for the 2001 Xenia tornado. I was also named Best Reporter for a medium market by the Associated Press and was honored by the Associated Press for a homelessness investigation, which led to policy changes in the city of Dayton. I was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists for the same homelessness investigation and nominated for an Emmy for an investigation that exposed hidden germs in swimsuits.

I have been active in the Dayton community for more than 20 years, serving on various boards, committees and volunteering to help dozens of charities raise much-needed funds for good causes.

I am a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Greater Dayton Association of Black Journalists, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., and an active member of Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. I'm mentoring several aspiring journalists, and hope to inspire others, females in particular to pursue the job I love.

I'm an avid runner and have completed more than a dozen marathons. I received an Honorary Doctorate from Wilberforce University in May 2008. I've been married to a wonderful Daytonian for more than 20 years. Joey D. Williams Sr., a banker and elected member of the City Commission, and I have two teenage sons, Joey Jr. and Jordan Maximus, who keep us hopping with various sports teams. I'm also an avid golfer and we enjoy playing many of the beautiful courses in the Miami Valley. If you see me around town say hi. If you have a story idea email me.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Nicole Grigg

Nicole Grigg - Reporter

I am so excited to be a reporter here in Dayton, but you wont just see me in front of the camera, you will see me behind it as well, shooting video for my own stories.

I was born and raised in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. (Don't ask me on a winter day how I am.) Just Kidding! In 2009,

I graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications with my Bachelors Degree in broadcast journalism. 

From there, I took my first job as a reporter in a very different climate, Billings, Montana. (Talk about a 180-degree turn.) In my nearly three years there, I fell in love with the people, scenery and news. I did things I never thought Id do " like stories on ranching and farming " I even helped stuff a deer! 

I decided it was time for another road trip though, so I took a job in the summer of 2012 here in Dayton.

I have been blessed with a baby boy, fiance and family since coming to the Gem City. Starting a family here is what motivates me to find stories that impact all of our lives " especially those stories that are making our streets safer to live.

Please let me know of any stories in your neighborhood that need to be heard " I am here to help put a voice to those who need it.


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WKEF-TV ABC 22 News / WRGT-TV FOX 45 News :: News Team - Rhonda Moore

Rhonda Moore - Reporter

I'm a Dayton native and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Mass Communications from Wright State University.  I started my  career at Channel 22 working as an assignment editor, producer and reporter. I moved to Memphis, Tennessee, working as a news and sports reporter/anchor.

I'm proud of my "exclusives" with Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and former South African President Nelson Mandela. I interviewed many other political leaders: Colin Powell, former President Jimmy Carter, former first lady Barbara Bush, John Kerry, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Jesse Jackson and others. While in Memphis I took a personal tour on Air Force One and Air Force Two.

I have interviewed many athletes and entertainers, including Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal, Walter Payton, Andre Agassi, legendary Cowboys coach Tom Landry, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Cowboys players Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, "Too Tall" Jones and Jay Novacek, members of The Big Red Machine, Dave Chappell, Susan Sarandon, Tony Bennett, Billy Ray Cyrus, B.B. King, Earl Woods (Tiger's dad), John Travolta, Joaquin Phoenix, Angela Bassett, Fabio, Bernie Mac, Harry Belafonte and many more.

In Memphis, I reported on the Jonesboro, Arkansas, school shootings and covered from beginning to end the West Memphis murders. That case made national news and became an HBO documentary. I appeared on the Sally Jesse Raphael talk show discussing a Memphis story that made national news.

In 2001, I returned home and rejoined ABC 22/FOX 45. Ive  covered everything from breaking news to sports to community events. I helped viewers with consumers problems with my weekly segment "Help Me Rhonda" and with my weekly segment "Eat at Your Own Risk," which spotlighted local restaurants. 

I'm a proud Daytonian. I love working in my hometown and being around family. I love sports, the arts, music, festivals, live concerts and other fun things in the Miami Valley.

I'm a member of the Greater Dayton Association of Black Journalists and very active in the Miami Valley. I serve as mistress of ceremonies for many events and participate in an annual journalism "boot camp" teaching high school and college students about broadcast journalism. I love playing tennis, golf, jogging, exercising and watching sports, especially football. I'm the #1 Dallas Cowboys fan.

You can catch my reports weekdays on ABC 22 Good Morning and FOX 45 In the Morning.


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