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

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...

Posted: 4 days ago

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...

Posted: 7 days ago

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...
Family asks how 3 died from Huber Heights fire without anyone knowing
 The family of three people found dead Wednesday from a Huber Heights fire suspected of self-extinguishing up to three weeks ago is seeking answers about how no one noticed the blaze. Antronette Taylor, 30, Michael Davidson Jr., 2, and Michael E. Davidson Sr., age unknown, lived in the townhouse on the 4500 block of Bufort Boulevard, family...

Posted: 7 days ago

The family of three people found dead Wednesday from a Huber Heights fire suspected of self-extinguishing up to three weeks ago is seeking answers about how no one noticed the blaze. Antronette Taylor, 30, Michael Davidson Jr., 2, and Michael E. Davidson Sr., age unknown, lived in the townhouse on the 4500 block of Bufort Boulevard, family...
Deadly police chase: Stolen car being pursued was tracked with GPS
 A car theft suspect who was being tracked by the vehicle’s owner through GPS sought to escape a deadly police pursuit on state Route 741 by jumping on the back of a stranger’s motorcycle near where she had wrecked the stolen Jeep, authorities said Thursday. Alyssa Irwin Debraux, 18, was detained Tuesday evening across from the...

Posted: 8 days ago

A car theft suspect who was being tracked by the vehicle’s owner through GPS sought to escape a deadly police pursuit on state Route 741 by jumping on the back of a stranger’s motorcycle near where she had wrecked the stolen Jeep, authorities said Thursday. Alyssa Irwin Debraux, 18, was detained Tuesday evening across from the...
UPDATE: Moraine cop involved in fatal pursuit crash was department’s Officer of the Year, lauded for ‘attitude and dedication’
 The Moraine police officer involved in a high-speed pursuit that led to a fatal crash that killed an area Realtor was lauded this spring for his investigatory skills and “attitude and dedication” in being named the city’s top officer. Matt Barrie’s work last year helped solve a string of robberies, and he volunteered...

Posted: 8 days ago

The Moraine police officer involved in a high-speed pursuit that led to a fatal crash that killed an area Realtor was lauded this spring for his investigatory skills and “attitude and dedication” in being named the city’s top officer. Matt Barrie’s work last year helped solve a string of robberies, and he volunteered...
4 vehicles, 2 crashes, 1 death: How Tuesday’s fatal Miami Twp. police pursuit unfolded
 A longtime area Realtor died after a police cruiser pursuing a vehicle theft suspect at speeds of up to 80 mph while heading toward the Dayton Mall struck her car on Tuesday, according to police. Mary Taulbee, 57, of Lebanon, was driving a vehicle struck by the cruiser of Matt Barrie, Moraine’s 2017 Officer of the Year. That crash happened...

Posted: 8 days ago

A longtime area Realtor died after a police cruiser pursuing a vehicle theft suspect at speeds of up to 80 mph while heading toward the Dayton Mall struck her car on Tuesday, according to police. Mary Taulbee, 57, of Lebanon, was driving a vehicle struck by the cruiser of Matt Barrie, Moraine’s 2017 Officer of the Year. That crash happened...
Realtor struck and killed by police cruiser near Dayton Mall worked in area for three decades
 Mary Taulbee, who died on Tuesday after a police cruiser involved in a pursuit struck her vehicle in Miami Twp., was a longtime Realtor in the Dayton area. Taulbee, 57, of Lebanon, was a Realtor of 30 years in the Dayton, Englewood, Lebanon, Miamisburg and Springboro areas, according to her profile on Realtor.com. She worked in the Irongate...

Posted: 9 days ago

Mary Taulbee, who died on Tuesday after a police cruiser involved in a pursuit struck her vehicle in Miami Twp., was a longtime Realtor in the Dayton area. Taulbee, 57, of Lebanon, was a Realtor of 30 years in the Dayton, Englewood, Lebanon, Miamisburg and Springboro areas, according to her profile on Realtor.com. She worked in the Irongate...
Area Realtor killed during police pursuit in Miami Twp.: What we know now and questions we’re asking
 One woman is dead and another is in custody after a Moraine police cruiser was involved in a fatal crash during a high-speed chase on Ohio 741 through that city and Miami Twp. The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after Moraine police were pursuing a car reported stolen in Harrison Twp. Many details about the accident and those involved...

Posted: 9 days ago

One woman is dead and another is in custody after a Moraine police cruiser was involved in a fatal crash during a high-speed chase on Ohio 741 through that city and Miami Twp. The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday after Moraine police were pursuing a car reported stolen in Harrison Twp. Many details about the accident and those involved...
LATEST: Lebanon woman’s car was pushed into path of Moraine police cruiser
 Police are continuing to investigate a Tuesday evening collision in Miami Twp. involving a Moraine police cruiser that left a woman dead, a police officer injured and an 18-year-old in custody: Mary Taulbee, 57, of Lebanon was killed in the collision with the police car
Police were pursuing a Jeep driven by Alyssa Irwin Debraux, 18, arrested...

Posted: 9 days ago

Police are continuing to investigate a Tuesday evening collision in Miami Twp. involving a Moraine police cruiser that left a woman dead, a police officer injured and an 18-year-old in custody: Mary Taulbee, 57, of Lebanon was killed in the collision with the police car Police were pursuing a Jeep driven by Alyssa Irwin Debraux, 18, arrested...
Cincinnati shooting: Mayor says violence ‘should frighten us all.’
 A gunman wearing a business suit opened fire in the heart of a well-known downtown Cincinnati area Thursday, killing three people and wounding two others before police confronted and killed him. The attack that started about 9:10 a.m. sent thousands of people in the Fountain Square area scrambling away or hiding inside their buildings. &ldquo...

Posted: 14 days ago

A gunman wearing a business suit opened fire in the heart of a well-known downtown Cincinnati area Thursday, killing three people and wounding two others before police confronted and killed him. The attack that started about 9:10 a.m. sent thousands of people in the Fountain Square area scrambling away or hiding inside their buildings. &ldquo...
Jacob Caldwell to remain at detention center, Greene County court rules
 A second detention hearing was held for Jacob Caldwell at the Greene County Juvenile Court in Xenia on Friday morning.  Caldwell is the teen who disappeared for about a year after watching his father get murdered and was found  at a Miami Twp. home after officials carried out a search warrant.  The 15-year-old was not present...

Posted: 21 days ago

A second detention hearing was held for Jacob Caldwell at the Greene County Juvenile Court in Xenia on Friday morning.  Caldwell is the teen who disappeared for about a year after watching his father get murdered and was found  at a Miami Twp. home after officials carried out a search warrant.  The 15-year-old was not present...