John Bedell

I’ve been with Cox Media Group Ohio since April of 2010.   I worked as a news anchor, reporter and host for News 95.7 and AM 1290 WHIO before I made the switch to WHIO-TV and News Center 7 in April of 2011.   You can still listen to me on WHIO’s airwaves hosting Flyer Feedback during our postgame coverage of University of Dayton men’s basketball.   As a native Northeast Ohioan, I hail from one Ohio’s other valleys—The Cuyahoga Valley. I was born in Akron and grew up in nearby Cuyahoga Falls and Stow, Ohio.  Growing up, I wanted to play second base for the Cleveland Indians. But around fifth grade, I realized that wasn’t the most realistic career path for me. That’s when I fell in love with radio and TV. It’s all I’ve wanted to do since.   I graduated Cum Laude from The University of Dayton in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in communication with a concentration in electronic media. I also hold a minor in sales management.   I’m one of the most passionate Cleveland sports fans you’ll ever meet. I live and die with my Indians, Cavs and Browns. Growing up just two hours north of Columbus, I’m also a big Ohio State football fan. And of course, I love my Flyers!   I’m also an American history buff. It was always my favorite subject in school. Both my grandfathers were World War II veterans, which started my interest in that era.    Q & A   Where were you born? Akron, Ohio  Where did you grow up? Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio and Stow, Ohio.  What was your favorite TV show then? Sesame Street and The Muppet Show.  What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? A construction worker.  How might have someone described you in high school? Extroverted.  What was your first job? A lifeguard.  What was your first job in television? As a producer at UD's campus TV station.  What do you like about your job? Writing. Also, I love meeting people the Miami Valley and sharing their stories with our viewers.  What do you not like about your job? Snow stories. I grew up in the Snow Belt so I can handle the snow, but I’m not a fan of winter weather.  What might people be surprised to know about you? I’m a great swimmer. I was an American Red Cross-certified lifeguard since in high school and college.  What is the hardest thing you’ve ever had to do? Standing in the Humanities Plaza at UD after class one Friday in October my freshman year and listening to my mom tell me over the phone that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  What would be the perfect day for you? I have four, in this order: Watching the Browns win the Super Bowl, the Indians win the World Series, the Cavs win the NBA Finals, and the Flyers win the NCAA Tournament.  What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business? Network, network, network! I got my interview at News 95.7 WHIO because one of my professors at UD had a lead on the job and let me know about the opening.    Favorites   Book: The Catcher in the Rye, Moneyball  Favorite CBS Show: 60 Minutes  Favorite Dream Car: The getaway SWAT truck from Ocean's 11: it's got $160 million in it  Favorite Food: My mom’s chicken Parmesan  Favorite Hobby: Reading, swimming and running  Favorite Miami Valley Place: UD Arena  Favorite Movie: Saving Private Ryan, Major League   Favorite Music: Classic rock   Favorite Travel Destination: Chicago

Latest from John Bedell

Masked robbers on run after Jared diamond heist at Dayton Mall
 Police are seeking public help in finding three masked men who used hammers to smash jewelry store display cases in a diamond heist at Jared in the height of the holiday shopping season. Police said nobody was injured in the robbery around 8 p.m. Wednesday of Jared Galleria of Jewelry on Dayton Mall property, where an apparent organized team...

Posted: 29 days ago

Police are seeking public help in finding three masked men who used hammers to smash jewelry store display cases in a diamond heist at Jared in the height of the holiday shopping season. Police said nobody was injured in the robbery around 8 p.m. Wednesday of Jared Galleria of Jewelry on Dayton Mall property, where an apparent organized team...
Ex-candidate who backed 1st responders charged in firefighter assault after Browns game
 A former Miami Twp. candidate’s status with the Montgomery County Democratic Party will be decided after a felony charge against him is resolved, according to the party leader. Democratic Party Central Committee member Zebulon Music, who during his campaign for township trustee advocated more support for first responders, faces charges...

7:00 AM Friday, Dec. 14, 2018

A former Miami Twp. candidate’s status with the Montgomery County Democratic Party will be decided after a felony charge against him is resolved, according to the party leader. Democratic Party Central Committee member Zebulon Music, who during his campaign for township trustee advocated more support for first responders, faces charges...
Police increase mall patrols as peak holiday season approaches
 With holiday shopping season here, some police departments are making changes to keep shoppers safe. The Dayton Mall is such a popular stop for shoppers that it can easily draw crowds that triple Miami Township’s population during business hours between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. All those crowds means there’s extra police...

9:42 PM Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018

With holiday shopping season here, some police departments are making changes to keep shoppers safe. The Dayton Mall is such a popular stop for shoppers that it can easily draw crowds that triple Miami Township’s population during business hours between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. All those crowds means there’s extra police...
Pike County murders: Victims’ pastor hopes arrests can bring closure, justice
 The pastor for the victims in the 2016 Pike County killings hopes the arrest of six suspects will lead to closure for the Manley and Rhoden families, as well as the community. Phil Fulton, pastor at Union Hill Church in Adams County, said he was “ecstatic” when he found out about the arrests. “It was the greatest news...

6:17 PM Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018

The pastor for the victims in the 2016 Pike County killings hopes the arrest of six suspects will lead to closure for the Manley and Rhoden families, as well as the community. Phil Fulton, pastor at Union Hill Church in Adams County, said he was “ecstatic” when he found out about the arrests. “It was the greatest news...
Mom upset over handling of boys accused of touching daughter in sexual manner
 A mother said two boys pinned her daughter to the floor and pretended to have sex with her in a Dayton Public Schools kindergarten classroom. “Why should my daughter have to experience that at 5?” the mother said. “No.” That wasn’t the only inappropriate behavior she witnessed at her daughter's school, World...

10:55 PM Thursday, Nov. 08, 2018

A mother said two boys pinned her daughter to the floor and pretended to have sex with her in a Dayton Public Schools kindergarten classroom. “Why should my daughter have to experience that at 5?” the mother said. “No.” That wasn’t the only inappropriate behavior she witnessed at her daughter's school, World...
Flood protection system could kick in as Great Miami River rises
 The Great Miami River is up and expected to continue to rise due to recent rain. Experts with the Miami Conservancy District said that the river will continue to rise for about 24 hours after the rain stops. But the rain isn’t the only thing causing the river to rise. Runoff from the street that flows into storm drains also ends up...

4:32 PM Thursday, Nov. 01, 2018

The Great Miami River is up and expected to continue to rise due to recent rain. Experts with the Miami Conservancy District said that the river will continue to rise for about 24 hours after the rain stops. But the rain isn’t the only thing causing the river to rise. Runoff from the street that flows into storm drains also ends up...
Beavercreek neighbors stunned by news of ISIS-related arrest
 Neighbors were shocked to learn that federal investigators had charged a Beavercreek teenager with trying to help an ISIS affiliated group. Naser Almadaoji, 19, was arrested at a Columbus airport on Wednesday with tickets to Kazakhstan. He planned to go from there to Afghanistan to support ISIS, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern...

7:14 PM Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018

Neighbors were shocked to learn that federal investigators had charged a Beavercreek teenager with trying to help an ISIS affiliated group. Naser Almadaoji, 19, was arrested at a Columbus airport on Wednesday with tickets to Kazakhstan. He planned to go from there to Afghanistan to support ISIS, according to U.S. Attorney for the Southern...
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5:48 PM Monday, Oct. 15, 2018

NEW DETAILS: Police chase reached 80 mph just before collision killing Realtor
 Seconds before the a collision from which an area Realtor died, the police cruiser that hit her car during a chase was going 80 miles per hour, records show. Mary Taulbee, a Lebanon woman who was not involved in the pursuit, died shortly after Officer Matt Barrie’s cruiser hit her Hyundai. Moraine police reports indicate Barrie&rsquo...

2:39 PM Monday, Sep. 17, 2018

Seconds before the a collision from which an area Realtor died, the police cruiser that hit her car during a chase was going 80 miles per hour, records show. Mary Taulbee, a Lebanon woman who was not involved in the pursuit, died shortly after Officer Matt Barrie’s cruiser hit her Hyundai. Moraine police reports indicate Barrie&rsquo...
Stolen Jeep’s owner: Officer’s life changed and ‘a woman’s gone’
 When Briauna Ball reported to police that her Jeep was stolen, she said she knew the vehicle would be damaged. She had no idea it would result in a high-speed police chase that ended with the death of a local Realtor killed when her vehicle was struck by an officer’s cruiser. “I already knew the car was going to get wrecked,&rdquo...

4:27 PM Friday, Sep. 14, 2018

When Briauna Ball reported to police that her Jeep was stolen, she said she knew the vehicle would be damaged. She had no idea it would result in a high-speed police chase that ended with the death of a local Realtor killed when her vehicle was struck by an officer’s cruiser. “I already knew the car was going to get wrecked,&rdquo...