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.

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A Springfield man has been indicted in connection with the alleged groping of a 12-year-old girl.Christopher L. Murnahan, 29, of 374 S. Greenmount Ave., was indicted Monday on one charge of gross sexual imposition, according to court records.Murnahan was first arrested by Springfield police on June 16 after their investigation ...

Members of the Miami Valley Islamic Association of Springfield and others gathered in downtown Springfield Saturday for a peace walk in memory of the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. The group raised more than $10,000 to donate to the victims.

Springfield Muslim group promotes peace, support for Orlando victims

Nearly 100 people gathered in downtown Springfield over the weekend for a local Islamic organization’s walk to promote peace after the Orlando Pulse night club shooting.Organizers of the event also collected more than $10,000 from the community to benefit the victims of the massacre, which left 50 people dead, including ...

Tim Walters, left, and Joel Cox pour the cement for the foundations of the Veterans Park monuments as Vietnam veterans Roger Warren and Randy Ark watch in the Friday. Moving the monuments is the first part of a major facelift at the park. Bill Lackey/Staff

First phase of planned face lift at Springfield veterans park underway

Changes are underway at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Springfield and a $10,000 anonymous donation hopes to spur a renovation at the space.The National Trail Parks and Recreation District recently received an $11,000 grant from the Springfield Conservancy District to hire an architect to help plan what can be done ...

Clark County sheriff probes feces-slinging plot

A Springfield man’s plot to throw feces at a court sentencing might have been known ahead of time, but he was never checked before entering the Clark County courtroom.Ricky Hand, 46, pleaded not guilty to new charges of retaliation and harassment with a bodily fluid for the feces-flinging attack Wednesday ...

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No decision yet as Bellefontaine father seeks to throw out charges

The father of three Bellefontaine boys who were allegedly murdered by their mother was supposed to appear in court Tuesday, but the hearing was delayed.Joseph Pilkington is the husband of Brittany Cummins Pilkington, the Bellefontaine mother accused of smothering her three young sons to death from July 2014 to August ...

A kitten gets a head scratch Monday in front of The Clark County Humane Society. A woman, who found the kitten, said she was trying to drop it off at the Humane Society shelter but they were not accepting cats at this time. Bill Lackey/Staff

Humane Society staffing could present ‘serious hurdle’

Clark County Humane Society volunteers and county officials are worried about the animal group’s future after recent staff departures. Even the current interim director has commented that the lack of staffing at the Humane Society could present a “serious hurdle in the immediate future.” The latest person to leave was ...

In this Sunday, June 12, 2016 photo, during a vigil held at Honolulu Hale, Kourtney Baltazar, remembered her friend KJ Morris who was killed in the Orlando, Fla., nightclub mass shooting, in Honolulu. A gunman killed dozens of people in a massacre at a crowded gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. (George F. Lee/The Star-Advertiser via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Local groups plan vigils for Orlando victims

Islamic and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender organizations in Springfield said they will stand against the violence that occurred in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history.The groups have organized events following the shooting attack at, Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday that left 50 people dead, including ...

Emanee Wright, 11, closes her eyes in prayer as she participates in a candle light vigil to stop the violence in Springfield Saturday evening at Virgil Mabra Park. Staff photo by Bill Lackey

Springfield ‘Stop the Violence’ rally to celebrate 5 years

A group focused on eliminating violence in Springfield will hold its annual march through the city on Saturday. The walk, “Stop the Violence” is in its fifth year. “I’m hoping people come out when they look at the news and see all the violence,” said Shirlene Brown, who started the ...

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