Caroline Reinwald

I am honored and excited to be here in the Miami Valley! This is my second reporting job and I am loving every second of it.   I grew up in Oak Park, Illinois – a suburb fifteen minutes west of Chicago. After high school, I moved five hundred miles away away to study Journalism and Electronic Media at the University of Tennessee. The majority of my spare time there was spent serving tables to help pay for groceries and utilities. (Side note – if you’re interested in reporting, try serving tables first! It’s a great way to practice your interview skills, work on time management and learn how to operate in stressful situations.)   After an internship my senior year, I landed a job as an early morning production assistant at WBIR-TV in Knoxville. It was a great way for me to get my foot in the door and work with some on-air talent. Towards the end of my senior year, I moved to St. Louis, Missouri for a full-time internship with KSDK News Channel Five where I met some of the most amazing people in this business. I was able to shadow people in each department, which was fascinating for me because I got to see every piece of the puzzle that is a news organization.   Once I finally graduated, I landed my first reporting job at WQAD-TV in Moline, Illinois. Moline is part of the Quad Cities, which is on the border of Iowa and Illinois, along the Mississippi River. Lots of running, lots of outdoor adventures, and of course, plenty of news. As with every station I have worked at, the people at WQAD were above amazing and became a huge part of my life.   As with many news jobs, we move around a lot. After finishing out my contract at WQAD-TV I was lucky enough to find a new job, and a new home here at WHIO-TV in Dayton. Just as I expected, the people in this organization are hard-working, honest and incredibly talented. I am over the moon to be working here and look forward to getting to know this amazing community.    Q & A   Where were you born?  Chicago, Illinois  Where did you grow up?  Oak Park, Illinois.  What was your favorite TV show then?  As a kid I loved watching Batman cartoons and any movies my family watched. As a teen my go-to shows were Grey’s Anatomy and The West Wing. (I’m still a Grey’s nut.)  What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  A veterinarian!  How might someone have described you in high school?  Friendly, goofy, and cared about her friends.  What was your first job?  Selling vegetables at the Farmer’s Market.  What was your first job in television?  In college, I was an early morning Production Assistant for the morning news at WBIR-TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. I met my best friend there who worked on the floor with me, and we mostly goofed off and covered for each other when the other one was taking a nap. (Don’t tell my old supervisor that!)  What do you like about your job?  I love having the opportunity to do something new every single day, while getting to know the community around me.  What do you not like about your job?  Re-doing my hair and makeup several times a day. By the end of the day, I just want to wash it all off and throw on some sweats.  What might people be surprised to know about you?  I have a very goofy sense of humor. (Laughing is my favorite pastime.)  What is the hardest thing you ever did?  I had to kill a wasp in my room the other day. I missed it with the swatter at least six times, mostly from shaking and crying and screaming so much. It was very unprofessional. The worst part was, my dog just sat there staring at me the whole time! Traitor…   What would be a perfect day for you?  I would go for a run with my dog, do some yoga, then have a few beers with my family and friends at an outdoor concert somewhere.  What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?  Be prepared for long hours, stressful workloads and tough assignments. Only go into this business if you LOVE it. It’s a very tough job but if you love what you do, it is incredibly rewarding.   If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?  Honestly, I feel like I’ve only been in the business for five minutes! I guess I would put a few stories from the Quad Cities on there along with my anchoring experiences.  Favorites   Favorite book: Hunger Games, Harry Potter, or Amy Poehler’s book, Yes Please.   Favorite CBS show: CBS Sunday Morning News.   Favorite food: Cheese, Chocolate, and Sushi.   Favorite hobby: There are so many… Running, yoga, going to see live music, baking, curling up with a good book and watching a great movie!   Favorite Miami Valley place: I love exploring the Oregon District and all of the bike paths along the river.   Favorite movie: Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon and Robin Williams.   Favorite music: Indie Rock, anything new and up-and-coming really interests me.   Favorite travel destination: Mexico – changes me every time.

Latest from Caroline Reinwald

Meth makes comeback in Dayton area
 Crystal meth has made a deadly comeback to the area. Last year, meth appeared as a a factor in the cause of death statements for 50 people in Montgomery County, more than triple the number from 2016, according to Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger. Local drug users say meth’s availability is nearly on par with heroin and fentanyl...

Posted: 6 days ago

Crystal meth has made a deadly comeback to the area. Last year, meth appeared as a a factor in the cause of death statements for 50 people in Montgomery County, more than triple the number from 2016, according to Montgomery County Coroner Kent Harshbarger. Local drug users say meth’s availability is nearly on par with heroin and fentanyl...
Beavercreek Schools: FedEx plane too expensive, Dayton takes ownership
 An airplane given to the Beavercreek City Schools by FedEx will now be used by Sinclair College students after the Greene County district found it would cost nearly $4 million to move and rehabilitate the plane. FedEx Express, the air division of the FedEx Corp., donated the plane to the Beavercreek schools in 2014 for use in science...

8:21 PM Thursday, Apr. 05, 2018

An airplane given to the Beavercreek City Schools by FedEx will now be used by Sinclair College students after the Greene County district found it would cost nearly $4 million to move and rehabilitate the plane. FedEx Express, the air division of the FedEx Corp., donated the plane to the Beavercreek schools in 2014 for use in science...
Trotwood superintendent seeks answers about impending GWOC breakup
 Answers. That’s all anyone interested in the impending breakup of the Greater Western Ohio Conference wants to hear. That would include Kevin Bell, the superintendent of Trotwood-Madison City Schools. That’s the school district and GWOC member identified as key in 10 member schools likely leaving and starting a league of their...

12:30 AM Friday, Feb. 09, 2018

Answers. That’s all anyone interested in the impending breakup of the Greater Western Ohio Conference wants to hear. That would include Kevin Bell, the superintendent of Trotwood-Madison City Schools. That’s the school district and GWOC member identified as key in 10 member schools likely leaving and starting a league of their...
Vandalia council to discuss ranges amid shooting grounds controversy
 The Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner will need to obtain a new zoning designation from Vandalia before reopening his indoor range, and is prohibited from reopening the outdoor range at all, according to city documents. On Tuesday, city leaders will discuss the future of all other shooting range applications in Vandalia after implementing...

7:49 PM Monday, Dec. 11, 2017

The Miami Valley Shooting Grounds owner will need to obtain a new zoning designation from Vandalia before reopening his indoor range, and is prohibited from reopening the outdoor range at all, according to city documents. On Tuesday, city leaders will discuss the future of all other shooting range applications in Vandalia after implementing...
Local dog owners blame pet store for selling sick animals
 Two local women claim Petland sold them sick puppies after promising that they were healthy. They are among a number of people here in the Miami Valley and across the country making allegations against the national pet store chain based in Ohio. Courtney Miller, of Tipp City, said she found her German Shepherd, "Thor" at the Petland...

10:27 PM Thursday, Nov. 09, 2017

Two local women claim Petland sold them sick puppies after promising that they were healthy. They are among a number of people here in the Miami Valley and across the country making allegations against the national pet store chain based in Ohio. Courtney Miller, of Tipp City, said she found her German Shepherd, "Thor" at the Petland...
Gun range suit: Vandalia cop ‘retreated’ as bullets whizzed overhead
 A Vandalia police officer “retreated behind” his cruiser when responding to a call last week over errant bullets from the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds landing on a neighboring business’ property, according to a police report. The officer’s superior said it “was obvious … that the shooters were a threat...

4:25 PM Monday, Sep. 11, 2017

A Vandalia police officer “retreated behind” his cruiser when responding to a call last week over errant bullets from the Miami Valley Shooting Grounds landing on a neighboring business’ property, according to a police report. The officer’s superior said it “was obvious … that the shooters were a threat...
Little Miami River Water Rescue
Two people were rescued Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, from the Little Miami River in Sugarcreek Twp.

11:09 PM Saturday, May. 20, 2017

Two people were rescued Saturday evening, May 20, 2017, from the Little Miami River in Sugarcreek Twp.
Fairborn Infant Death
The death of an infant Sunday night, April 23, 2017, in Fairborn is under investigation.

2:30 AM Monday, Apr. 24, 2017

The death of an infant Sunday night, April 23, 2017, in Fairborn is under investigation.
Cincinnati club shooting: Dispute ‘escalated into shots being fired’
 The investigation into the shooting inside a crowded Cincinnati night club that killed one and wounded 15 others early Sunday morning will take a long time, said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. No arrests had been made as of Sunday evening, and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac couldn’t confirm if any of the possible shooters were...

11:15 PM Sunday, Mar. 26, 2017

The investigation into the shooting inside a crowded Cincinnati night club that killed one and wounded 15 others early Sunday morning will take a long time, said Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley. No arrests had been made as of Sunday evening, and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac couldn’t confirm if any of the possible shooters were...
Enon Road shooting
Scene from reported fatal shooting in Miami Twp., near Yellow Springs in Greene County. Jan. 15, 2017. CAROLINE REINWALD / STAFF

11:54 PM Friday, Mar. 10, 2017

Scene from reported fatal shooting in Miami Twp., near Yellow Springs in Greene County. Jan. 15, 2017. CAROLINE REINWALD / STAFF