Allison Wichie

Clark County Bureau Reporter

I am a reporter for the WHIO Clark County Bureau. I began working for WHIO and Cox Media Group Ohio after I graduated from Ohio University in 2012. I’ve worked in different positions, from our Digital Department to the Breaking News Team and now I’m excited to be an all-media journalist in Springfield.

 

Q & A

Where were you born? Troy, Ohio

 

Where did you grow up? Born and raised in Troy! 

 

What was your favorite TV show then? Friends

 

What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? A veterinarian

 

How might someone have described you in high school? Always laughing. I won a “senior superlative” for most contagious laugh

 

What was your first job? Serving donuts and coffee at Tim Hortons. Definitely ate a lot of sweet treats while I worked! 

 

What was your first job in television? Working the breaking news desk at WHIO.

 

What do you like about your job? Helping share the good stories in our community. I love that my job sends me out to talk to new people in the community every day, getting to listen to and understand their stories from their point of view.

 

What do you not like about your job? It can definitely be stressful making the newscast deadline every day! 

 

What might people be surprised to know about you? I am a complete book nerd. I love reading! Sit me down with a good book and I could spend the whole day absorbed by it. I’ll think I’ve been reading an hour, but it’s really been half of a day.

 

What is the hardest thing you ever did? Deciding where to take my career after I graduated from college. I’m glad I decided to start my work life here in the Miami Valley where I grew up.

 

What would be a perfect day for you? Waking up and enjoying a good cup of coffee on my back porch in my pajamas. Followed by some fun, outdoor activities and cooking a delicious meal that I enjoy with my entire family.

 

What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? You will have to be patient and persevere through finding a job. Take every opportunity you can get at learning about news and the television industry. Job shadow and connect with people, it will only benefit your desire to be a journalist.  

 

Favorites

Favorite book: The Giving Tree

Favorite CBS show: 60 Minutes

Favorite food: That’s too hard to choose! But I’d have to say a Gyro or fresh shrimp

Favorite hobby: Being outside—whether it’s running or just enjoying a walk

Favorite movie: Forrest Gump

Favorite music: Taylor Swift

Favorite travel destination: My yearly trip to the mountains in Tennessee with my family.

Latest from Allison Wichie

Brett Meddock

Springfield man found guilty in toddler’s death

A Springfield man on trial for the beating death of a toddler was found guilty of murder Friday evening.Brett Meddock, 21, of 530 E. Cassily St., faced multiple charges in the case including murder and involuntary manslaughter. He was found guilty on all charges stemming from the January 2015 death ...

Deputies added to patrol Clark, Champaign County schools

Local schools have increased the number of law enforcement officers walking their halls, including the first full-time deputy in any district in Champaign County and an additional deputy in Clark County. School leaders said resource officers are an invaluable addition to their education staffs, including to help prevent future threats. ...

Juan Reyes

Shooting after Springfield party leads to indictments

A Springfield man has been indicted in connection with a shootout that left one man shot in the head.A Clark County grand jury approved charges Monday against Juan Reyes Jr., 19, of 2410 Irwin Ave., for discharge of a firearm on or near prohibited premises and tampering with evidence in ...

$6.7M revamped downtown Springfield senior center opens

The new United Senior Services Center in downtown Springfield opened its doors to the public Tuesday after a $6.7 million renovation, drawing hundreds of members to check it out.Many of the members couldn’t believe the transformation of the old Eagles building, 125 W. Main St., in to the new seniors ...

Evan Hoffman stands with his lawyer as he is sent to prison for 5 years in the Dec. 2015 shooting death of a teen at his home. Hoffman pleaded guilty to reckless homicide. Allison Wichie/Staff

Logan County man gets 5 years prison in teen’s shooting death

A 20-year-old Logan County man who claimed self-defense in the shooting death of a teen will spend five years in prison for the crime.An illegal business 20-year-old Evan Hoffman ran providing alcohol to minors and throwing parties at his Logan County home led to the death, prosecutors said.Hoffman, of Logan ...

Derrick Clerk (Contributed/Clark County Jail Records)

Suspect in Springfield killing captured

Springfield police said a man who’s been on the run since an October shooting that killed a 19-year-old Springfield man has been caught.Derrick Clerk, 25, of Springfield, was arrested over the weekend in Detroit by U.S. Marshals, said Springfield Police Sgt. Jeff Flores.Springfield Police Division detectives issued a warrant on ...

Arlend Sammons, owner Main Street Pizza in South Vienna, was surprised by the 1 percent income tax the village passed without putting it before voters. Sammons and other residents didn’t know the village could pass an income tax without without asking voters, but it is legal as long as it is 1 percent or less. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

South Vienna council passes new 1 percent tax

Residents and workers in South Vienna will notice a new income tax coming out of their wages starting next year.To the surprise of many business owners and residents, village leaders passed the tax after one mention at a meeting.Village Council passed an emergency ordinance earlier this summer to impose the ...

Members of the Springfield Police Division investigate the scene at 37 South Burnett Dr., where two people were shot Thursday evening. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

2 Springfield teens shot in targeted crime, chief says

Two Springfield teenagers are recovering from serious gunshot injuries in what one of the victims called “a set up.” No arrests had been made by Friday night, but police said they have leads in the case and are asking anyone with information to report it. The shootings were part of ...

Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland addresses a group of close to 100 people gathered at the Fellowship Spring Hill Church, 714 N. Limestone St., for the Springfield Speak Out community meeting. Allison Wichie/Staff

Buses, jobs, crime all concerns talked about at Springfield Speak Out

A myriad of Springfield concerns such as public transportation, youth in the streets and crime were discussed between the public and city leaders in a community forum Thursday night.Springfield Speak Out brought together close to 100 people at Fellowship Spring Hill church.“We’re really excited to see people who are invested ...

Clark County deputy pleads guilty to lesser charge in OVI case

A Clark County deputy charged with operating a vehicle while impaired has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the case. Steven Elliott, 44, entered a guilty plea to a charge of physical control, according to court records. He was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail, but the time was ...

 
 

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