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Mike Campbell

Becoming one of News Center 7’s most experienced reporters wasn’t easy. In a world where moving up can often mean moving on, I’m proud to say I did it all right here.   Yes, I spent my entire news career right here in Dayton at WHIO-TV, filling almost every news position imaginable. This has helped tremendously in reporting on my adopted hometown. I graduated from high school in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1982 and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University right here in the Miami Valley in 1986.   My career at WHIO-TV began in late 1986 when I was hired as a news editor. Things moved pretty quickly from there as I was given new opportunities and responsibilities. I became a news photographer in 1988 and spent several years behind the camera. I then moved to working as a night-time assignment manager for about a year. Following that, it was time for another move as I was asked to report on weekends and also produce medical reports for the station. .   I eventually moved to a full-time news reporter position about ten years ago. I spent several years as a general assignment reporter. About five years ago I was asked to fill the role of lead reporter on the station’s expanding morning newscasts. I continue to work in that role today, teaming with John Paul and Letitia Perry on Miami Valley’s number one morning newscast.   Along the way, I’ve covered just about every story you can imagine. Some of the more memorable events include Republican and Democratic National political conventions, tornadoes in Xenia, Blue Ash, and the Northern Miami Valley, the incredible events and changes brought on by 9/11 and the economic upheaval in Dayton as auto manufacturing jobs slip away and cities and families struggle to adjust. Through it all, I’ve forged strong ties to the Dayton region. I’ve been blessed to raise two college-aged sons here, 20-year-old Anthony and 18-year-old Nick. I’ve also received a new double blessing recently, marrying my awesome wife Christine and being privileged to become stepdad to 8-year-old Ashley.   I look forward to serving the Miami Valley every day. The best way I see to do that is working very hard to keep WHIO-TV’s viewers informed of the news in our community and explaining what impact those events will have on our lives.    Q & A   Where were you born?  Michigan    Where did you grow up?  West side of Michigan between Lansing and Grand Rapids    What was your favorite TV show then?  Hill Street Blues    What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  Professional Athlete (didn’t everyone?)  How might someone have described you in high school?  Athletic, Outgoing     What was your first job?  Grocery store stock boy    What was your first job in television?  Part-time Video editor, WHIO-TV  What do you like about your job?  Meeting people, finding out how and why things are not working as they should or working exactly as they should.   What do you not like about your job?  We never have enough time to tell all the great stories we uncover. There are always some great things we have to leave out.   What might people be surprised to know about you?  I’m a huge University of Michigan fan (not always popular in Ohio) because my Dad went there.     What is the hardest thing you ever did?  Serving as a pallbearer at my Grandfather’s funeral, a great man that’s still missed by everyone in my family.     What would be a perfect day for you?  If money was not an issue, then I’d watch one of my children’s sporting events, and then fly my wife Christine and I to a beach to take a sunset walk at the ocean’s edge.     What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?  I might advise them to try something else first! But if they were determined I’d tell them to learn to write…that is the key…and also to read a lot, especially reading people with viewpoints that are different than their own.     If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?  I think I’d probably keep the reports that I did at the Dayton Airport on the morning of 9/11. As we detailed how things literally changed minute-by-minute all of us and the passengers and people here and around the country realized the fact that the world was changing in a major way.      Favorites     Favorite book: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Anything by Harlan Coben   Favorite CBS show: Criminal Minds   Favorite dream car: Vintage Mustangs   Favorite food: Pasta, Spaghetti tops the chart   Favorite hobby: Working out, Reading, Watching my Kids Play Sports   Favorite Miami Valley place: The Greene   Favorite movie: Saw   Favorite music: R & B, Christian Contemporary, Jazz   Favorite travel destination: Antigua, In-country I like Chicago or New York

Latest from Mike Campbell

Attorneys: Bank accounts of fugitive soccer coach’s family members unlawfully frozen
 Defense attorneys for fugitive soccer coach Justin K. Smith said they are appalled Montgomery County officials froze the bank accounts of his family members. Attorneys Adam Arnold and Michael Booher released a statement Friday evening that as of 4:30 p.m. there were no motions filed in court, nor were their offices notified of any search...

Posted: 2 days ago

Defense attorneys for fugitive soccer coach Justin K. Smith said they are appalled Montgomery County officials froze the bank accounts of his family members. Attorneys Adam Arnold and Michael Booher released a statement Friday evening that as of 4:30 p.m. there were no motions filed in court, nor were their offices notified of any search...
Questions about solicitations in Lebanon land man in jail in Dayton
 A man questioned on Thursday in Lebanon in connection with solicitations allegedly made on behalf of homeless veterans was in Montgomery County Jail on Friday, facing a handful of charges filed over the past year. Joseph E. Steward, 50, of Dayton, was booked into the county jail about 6 p.m. Thursday, about an hour after he was turned over...

Posted: 9 days ago

A man questioned on Thursday in Lebanon in connection with solicitations allegedly made on behalf of homeless veterans was in Montgomery County Jail on Friday, facing a handful of charges filed over the past year. Joseph E. Steward, 50, of Dayton, was booked into the county jail about 6 p.m. Thursday, about an hour after he was turned over...
Photos show fugitive Germantown soccer coach at hotel in Lexington, Ky., area
 Photos of a former Germantown soccer coach, who fled the area while on trial for sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl, are providing clues as to his possible whereabouts. News Center 7 exclusively obtained pictures of 41-year-old Justin K. Smith checking into a hotel in the Lexington, Kentucky, area. Smith sat in the witness box in Montgomery...

10:12 PM Tuesday, Nov. 06, 2018

Photos of a former Germantown soccer coach, who fled the area while on trial for sexual conduct with a 14-year-old girl, are providing clues as to his possible whereabouts. News Center 7 exclusively obtained pictures of 41-year-old Justin K. Smith checking into a hotel in the Lexington, Kentucky, area. Smith sat in the witness box in Montgomery...
Soccer coach who flees sex assault trial subject of nationwide search
 A former soccer coach who took off halfway through his sexual assault trial and ditched his ankle monitor is now the subject of a nationwide search. The arrest warrant for Justin K. Smith of Germantown has been expanded across the country. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he coached. His trial on eight...

4:52 PM Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018

A former soccer coach who took off halfway through his sexual assault trial and ditched his ankle monitor is now the subject of a nationwide search. The arrest warrant for Justin K. Smith of Germantown has been expanded across the country. He is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl he coached. His trial on eight...
Some students surprised by UD’s use of sirens to warn about police activity
 University of Dayton students being warned of police activity near campus were surprised to hear a warning as sirens began sounding Tuesday. Students said that the university often gives them a heads-up about events that could threaten them or that they need to know about. But it’s usually in email or text form, which did happen Tuesday...

9:33 PM Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018

University of Dayton students being warned of police activity near campus were surprised to hear a warning as sirens began sounding Tuesday. Students said that the university often gives them a heads-up about events that could threaten them or that they need to know about. But it’s usually in email or text form, which did happen Tuesday...
Detectives uncover ‘persons of interest’ in Clay Twp. homicide
 The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has a couple “persons of interest” they are working to speak to in the death of a man who was found wrapped in plastic in Clay Twp. Steven T. Johnson, 47, of Clay Twp., died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, but it’s too early to know how long he’d been dead...

6:07 PM Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office has a couple “persons of interest” they are working to speak to in the death of a man who was found wrapped in plastic in Clay Twp. Steven T. Johnson, 47, of Clay Twp., died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head, but it’s too early to know how long he’d been dead...
Ex-boyfriend had history of violence against 17-year-old girl who was shot to death, records show
 A 17-year-old girl was shot and later died, and a former boyfriend was arrested in an incident that followed a history of abuse allegations about the suspect. LaShonda Childs, 17, was shot on Tuesday and died on Wednesday after being transported to Grandview Medical Center in Dayton. Her former boyfriend, Trendell Goodwin, was arrested...

3:43 PM Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018

A 17-year-old girl was shot and later died, and a former boyfriend was arrested in an incident that followed a history of abuse allegations about the suspect. LaShonda Childs, 17, was shot on Tuesday and died on Wednesday after being transported to Grandview Medical Center in Dayton. Her former boyfriend, Trendell Goodwin, was arrested...
Man arrested in shooting death of 17-year-old Dayton girl had been booked in jail 15 times 
 Trendell Goodwin, 28, was arrested on Tuesday after the shooting of his former girlfriend, 17-year-old LaShonda Childs. Childs later died from her injuries. Police and court records showed Goodwin had been booked into the Montgomery County Jail about 15 times before. Here’s what we’re learning about Goodwin: Nina Childs, LaShonda&rsquo...

12:37 AM Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018

Trendell Goodwin, 28, was arrested on Tuesday after the shooting of his former girlfriend, 17-year-old LaShonda Childs. Childs later died from her injuries. Police and court records showed Goodwin had been booked into the Montgomery County Jail about 15 times before. Here’s what we’re learning about Goodwin: Nina Childs, LaShonda&rsquo...
Teenager shot and killed, former boyfriend arrested in Dayton: What we know now
 LaShonda Childs, 17, was shot and later died after an incident in Dayton, and her former boyfriend has been arrested. Here’s what we know now about this incident: Childs died early Wednesday morning after she was shot Tuesday and driven to Grandview Medical Center.  Police were dispatched to multiple scenes for the incident. Part...

12:37 AM Thursday, Oct. 04, 2018

LaShonda Childs, 17, was shot and later died after an incident in Dayton, and her former boyfriend has been arrested. Here’s what we know now about this incident: Childs died early Wednesday morning after she was shot Tuesday and driven to Grandview Medical Center.  Police were dispatched to multiple scenes for the incident. Part...
A fatal shooting near the Dayton Mall is the latest in crime issues at that high-traffic area
 A suspect in the second deadly shooting of a Dayton area hotel worker this year was captured late Friday afternoon as Miami Twp. police worked to solve the late-night killing near the I-75/Ohio 725 interchange, an area where gun violence has been an issue. Miami Twp. resident Jayren Graham, 19, was found dead outside his work at DoubleTree...

1:15 PM Saturday, Sep. 15, 2018

A suspect in the second deadly shooting of a Dayton area hotel worker this year was captured late Friday afternoon as Miami Twp. police worked to solve the late-night killing near the I-75/Ohio 725 interchange, an area where gun violence has been an issue. Miami Twp. resident Jayren Graham, 19, was found dead outside his work at DoubleTree...