Becky Grimes

News Center 7 Special Projects Manager

I became interested in broadcasting while still in school at Kettering's Fairmont East High School.   I got my start in radio while I was still a senior at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio. After graduation, I was lucky to get a job back home in Dayton. I became the very first female newscaster for WHIO Radio.   In 1984, I made the transition to television as a crime beat reporter for WHIO-TV. I also anchored the Saturday morning show for 7 years before moving to San Diego, California for a reporting job at KFMB-TV. I came back home in 1999, and became the Special Projects Manager at WHIO-TV, overseeing many of the investigations that you see on our station.  Q & A   Where were you born?  Springfield, Ohio  Where did you grow up?  Springfield and Kettering.  What was your favorite TV show then?  I really liked The Avengers and Perry Mason when I was a kid  What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  A movie star   How might someone have described you in high school?  Outgoing, energetic, ambitious  What was your first job?  Washing pizza pans  What was your first job in television?  I started in radio and moved into television here at WHIO  What do you like about your job?  Every day is different  What do you not like about your job?  Deadlines  What would be a perfect day for you?  A day at the beach  What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?  Get an internship to make sure this is your goal – then work on a great audition tape.  If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?   Some of the most memorable stories include: the search of Jeffrey Dahmer’s house and the serial killer was arrested, a tragic airplane crash near Cincinnati, a jailhouse interview with Larry Flynt, The search for a missing child that ended with the arrest of her mother for her murder.

Latest from Becky Grimes

8 unsolved murders in the Miami Valley
 Some murders go unsolved and killers slip through the cracks. Time passes and families of the victims lose hope, but the families never forget and the detectives never give up. Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 25, WHIO-TV presents “Miami Valley Murder Mysteries” at 7:30 p.m. right before the season premiere of ‘NCIS.” The show...

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Some murders go unsolved and killers slip through the cracks. Time passes and families of the victims lose hope, but the families never forget and the detectives never give up. Tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 25, WHIO-TV presents “Miami Valley Murder Mysteries” at 7:30 p.m. right before the season premiere of ‘NCIS.” The show...
WHIO-TV profiles 4 unsolved local murders
 It is the show that has helped investigators solve some of our area's most haunting murder cases. "Miami Valley Murder Mysteries" airs Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. on WHIO-TV, Channel 7. The 30-minute special profiles 4 unsolved murders and 4 families seeking justice.  "It's hard to go every day and you're thinking...

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It is the show that has helped investigators solve some of our area's most haunting murder cases. "Miami Valley Murder Mysteries" airs Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. on WHIO-TV, Channel 7. The 30-minute special profiles 4 unsolved murders and 4 families seeking justice.  "It's hard to go every day and you're thinking...
Familial DNA used in criminal cases
 Eric Yarham wanted to know more about his family tree, so he mailed his saliva to a company called "23 and Me."  "Just trying to unravel the mystery that is your genetics," said Yarham. "That lingering 3 percent is Sub-Saharan-African. So that's swimming around in my DNA." He did not expect those results...

9:30 PM Thursday, Jul. 19, 2018

Eric Yarham wanted to know more about his family tree, so he mailed his saliva to a company called "23 and Me."  "Just trying to unravel the mystery that is your genetics," said Yarham. "That lingering 3 percent is Sub-Saharan-African. So that's swimming around in my DNA." He did not expect those results...
Cold case murder to get second look
 A 14-year-old cold case murder of an elderly woman is now getting a new look by Det. Patricia Tackett of the Dayton Police Department. Tackett said she was inspired to open the case file after a retired officer who was on the scene that night said he continues to be haunted by the case. Oglesby was beaten to death. “I don’t think...

10:00 AM Friday, May. 18, 2018

A 14-year-old cold case murder of an elderly woman is now getting a new look by Det. Patricia Tackett of the Dayton Police Department. Tackett said she was inspired to open the case file after a retired officer who was on the scene that night said he continues to be haunted by the case. Oglesby was beaten to death. “I don’t think...
25 years after Christmas murder spree: ‘It will never be forgotten’
 For Rhonda Gullette, the meaning of Christmas was forever changed 25 years ago. “I don’t really celebrate the holidays like other people,” said Gullette, whose 18-year-old sister Danita was one of six people shot and killed over three days around Christmas in 1992. “I go back in my mind and I think about the day I...

11:00 AM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

For Rhonda Gullette, the meaning of Christmas was forever changed 25 years ago. “I don’t really celebrate the holidays like other people,” said Gullette, whose 18-year-old sister Danita was one of six people shot and killed over three days around Christmas in 1992. “I go back in my mind and I think about the day I...
The Christmas Killings: Dayton’s worst crime spree
 In December, 1992, downtown Dayton was filled with holiday decorations and activities. There was the Christmas tree lighting on Courthouse Square and across the street, the Dayton Arcade had reopened temporarily with pop-up shops and eateries for the holiday season. As people shopped and celebrated, they would have never imaged what was about...

10:30 PM Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017

In December, 1992, downtown Dayton was filled with holiday decorations and activities. There was the Christmas tree lighting on Courthouse Square and across the street, the Dayton Arcade had reopened temporarily with pop-up shops and eateries for the holiday season. As people shopped and celebrated, they would have never imaged what was about...
Home ownership ... with a catch
 Hundreds of vacant houses dot the streets of the city. Even though they have rotten wood, broken windows and crumbling foundations, many were scooped up by investment firms during the financial crisis. These firms then made deals with low-income buyers who cannot get a traditional mortgage. The arrangement is called a "contract for deed...

9:26 PM Thursday, Nov. 02, 2017

Hundreds of vacant houses dot the streets of the city. Even though they have rotten wood, broken windows and crumbling foundations, many were scooped up by investment firms during the financial crisis. These firms then made deals with low-income buyers who cannot get a traditional mortgage. The arrangement is called a "contract for deed...
Ohio moms blame rehab owner for deaths of children
 Sandy Hinkle of Troy boarded an airplane for the first time last month to travel to West Palm Beach, Fla., but this was no vacation. Hinkle was among five moms who attended the sentencing of the man they hold responsible for the death of their children — addicts recruited by a South Florida rehab program who never got the help they...

11:00 AM Saturday, Jul. 01, 2017

Sandy Hinkle of Troy boarded an airplane for the first time last month to travel to West Palm Beach, Fla., but this was no vacation. Hinkle was among five moms who attended the sentencing of the man they hold responsible for the death of their children — addicts recruited by a South Florida rehab program who never got the help they...
Rehab in Florida turns into nightmare for Ohio kids
 A News Center 7 investigation found a pipeline of young people from Ohio and the Miami Valley who have overdosed and died in South Florida. They were drawn there for help with addiction, but authorities said they fell victim to a scam that turned deadly.   In the past two years, 833 died of overdoses in Palm Beach County. Our review...

9:28 PM Thursday, Jun. 29, 2017

A News Center 7 investigation found a pipeline of young people from Ohio and the Miami Valley who have overdosed and died in South Florida. They were drawn there for help with addiction, but authorities said they fell victim to a scam that turned deadly.   In the past two years, 833 died of overdoses in Palm Beach County. Our review...
Backlogged Ohio rape kits finally tested
Imagine after being sexually assaulted, you found out that your rape kit taken at the hospital was never tested for DNA?

3:28 PM Monday, May. 23, 2016

Imagine after being sexually assaulted, you found out that your rape kit taken at the hospital was never tested for DNA?
Michigan cold case linked to Dayton area
 Anyone with information should contact the Kent County Sheriff's Department missing persons unit at 616-336-3113. 

4:58 PM Thursday, Mar. 10, 2016

Anyone with information should contact the Kent County Sheriff's Department missing persons unit at 616-336-3113.