Rachel Murray

I am thrilled to be taking on the new role of Consumer Reporter for WHIO-TV/Radio, WHIO.com and the Dayton Daily News.  I have always been interested in how to save money, just ask me about my skills as a bargain shopper!  Dresses for $7, shoes for $5 dollars?  Yes, it can be done and it can be fun!  I have my mom to thank for showing me the art of shopping and saving.   I hope to learn along with you, our viewers, readers, and listeners, even more about how to get the most for our money, avoid products that can be dangerous, and stay away from scams.    I’m a southeastern Ohio native, and graduated from Wright State…GO RAIDERS!   I have been a radio anchor and reporter for many years.  I have worked for WHIO radio several times, first as an intern, then a night news writer.  I quickly moved up to morning anchor, and then after few years in Cincinnati, returned to be the afternoon anchor on WHIO before making my current move into Consumer Reporter.  I received an Edward R. Murrow award for a series I did on alternate reality games, and I recently received an Ohio AP award for best anchor.  I have a wonderful son, who keeps me laughing all the time, an amazing boyfriend, and three cats. (One of those cats was found right here in the parking lot of work.)   In my spare time, I crush candy like it's my job, I play Xbox and sports with my kiddo, and I love to keep up on the latest consumer and tech news.    You can contact me at Rachel.murray@coxinc.com Q & A: What was your favorite TV show when you were little?Duck Tales What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?A dolphin trainer at Sea World, or Madonna.  How might someone have described you in high school?nice What was your first job?Waitress What was your first job in radio?Jock/ Board Op What do you like about your job?Helping people What might people be surprised to know about you?I play video games and  I have the sense of humor of a 13 year old boy. Also, my co-worker Sandy Collins says I should have my own you tube channel highlighting my outrageous and ridiculous antics.  What would be a perfect day for you?Sleeping in, and heading to the beach. What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?Be willing to change and learn new things. Stress is temporary.  Coffee, lots of coffee. If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?The 9-11 tribute which featured my voice-over, my live coverage of Michael Jackson's funeral, funny character segments I did for Jerry Springer's radio show, my recent TV work, and all of my many bloopers. Favorites: Favorite book: Lisey's Story. Stephen King Favorite radio program: I really enjoy listening to Roxy on K99.1FM. Favorite dream car: Bumblebee Favorite food: Pizza, and anything involving ranch dressing. Favorite hobby: video games Favorite Miami Valley place: my house, my friend’s pool, King's Island Favorite movie: Iron Man (all of them), Avatar, Avengers, Hobbit, LOTR, Grease Favorite music: hip-hop, pop Favorite travel destination: Hawaii, or anywhere with a beach.

Latest from Rachel Murray

Local students learn how to combat scams, fraud
 Students in the Miami Valley are learning to recognize fraud and scams, and finding out how they can protect themselves from these potential money pitfalls. Several schools in our area teach a free consumer life skills and financial literacy curriculum called FoolProof.  The goal of the web-based, interactive coursework is to teach a...

Posted: 2 days ago

Students in the Miami Valley are learning to recognize fraud and scams, and finding out how they can protect themselves from these potential money pitfalls. Several schools in our area teach a free consumer life skills and financial literacy curriculum called FoolProof.  The goal of the web-based, interactive coursework is to teach a...
‘Shimming’ has emerged as the latest threat to shoppers
 There’s a growing threat to your credit and debit card information, and you might not be aware of it. It’s called “shimming.”   Scammers insert paper-thin devices into credit card chip readers that can copy your data.  The information can’t be used to make a chip card clone, but it can be used...

Posted: 10 days ago

There’s a growing threat to your credit and debit card information, and you might not be aware of it. It’s called “shimming.”   Scammers insert paper-thin devices into credit card chip readers that can copy your data.  The information can’t be used to make a chip card clone, but it can be used...
New Recalls: power banks, PAW PATROL hats and more
 Power bank chargers, children’s play hats, and personal space heaters are among the latest products being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Portable power bank charging stations by Re-fuel by Digipower are under recall after five reports of the products overheating and melting. The Grab and go Family Packs...

Posted: 14 days ago

Power bank chargers, children’s play hats, and personal space heaters are among the latest products being recalled, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Portable power bank charging stations by Re-fuel by Digipower are under recall after five reports of the products overheating and melting. The Grab and go Family Packs...
Tax scams increase across region, state
 As we inch closer to the April 17 tax filing deadline, there’s a renewed warning about tax scams in the Miami Valley and across the state. There were 340 reports of tax scams in March, more than double what was reported in January and 21 percent higher than in February, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The scams...

Posted: 15 days ago

As we inch closer to the April 17 tax filing deadline, there’s a renewed warning about tax scams in the Miami Valley and across the state. There were 340 reports of tax scams in March, more than double what was reported in January and 21 percent higher than in February, according to the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  The scams...
How to keep Facebook from accessing your information 
 Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts.  “You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins...

Posted: 29 days ago

Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica data grab scandal started with a personality quiz app but it’s not the only Facebook App you should be worried about, according to tech experts.  “You’ve probably given away a lot of information and unfortunately that information is used to manipulate people,” said Gayle Jenkins...
Fatal accident involving self-driving car has some questioning technology
 It is too early to assess blame for Sunday’s deadly pedestrian accident in Arizona involving a self-driving Uber vehicle, according to police.  But people who spoke with News Center 7 Consumer Reporter Rachel Murray said the accident is making them hesitant to trust the technology.  The Volvo was in self-driving mode, with...

9:35 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

It is too early to assess blame for Sunday’s deadly pedestrian accident in Arizona involving a self-driving Uber vehicle, according to police.  But people who spoke with News Center 7 Consumer Reporter Rachel Murray said the accident is making them hesitant to trust the technology.  The Volvo was in self-driving mode, with...
Young shoppers shift retail trends: ‘I never go to malls’
 As retailers like Claire’s Stores and Toys ‘R’ Us file for bankruptcy, local experts say “specialty stores that don’t play up the experience of shopping are having a hard time competing with online retailers.” Claire’s Stores, a fashion accessories chain, filed for bankruptcy this week. The retailer...

12:05 AM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

As retailers like Claire’s Stores and Toys ‘R’ Us file for bankruptcy, local experts say “specialty stores that don’t play up the experience of shopping are having a hard time competing with online retailers.” Claire’s Stores, a fashion accessories chain, filed for bankruptcy this week. The retailer...
RECALL ROUNDUP: Here are the latest recalls from the past week
 Pacifier and teether holders, children’s play tents, and bike helmets are among the latest potentially dangerous products being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.    Eight styles of stuffed animals with snap together straps to hold pacifiers and teethers are under recall because the snaps may come loose and...

5:12 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

Pacifier and teether holders, children’s play tents, and bike helmets are among the latest potentially dangerous products being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.    Eight styles of stuffed animals with snap together straps to hold pacifiers and teethers are under recall because the snaps may come loose and...
Beware of NCAA tournament scams
 The NCAA tournament is underway and whether you are looking to attend a game, watch the action online, or track your bracket-- beware of scams.  Fans may encounter online fouls including phishing scams, malware-ridden video streams, and fake mobile apps, according to Kaspersky Lab. To avoid fake websites attempting to get your payment...

3:05 PM Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018

The NCAA tournament is underway and whether you are looking to attend a game, watch the action online, or track your bracket-- beware of scams.  Fans may encounter online fouls including phishing scams, malware-ridden video streams, and fake mobile apps, according to Kaspersky Lab. To avoid fake websites attempting to get your payment...
RECALL ROUNDUP: What consumer items were recalled this week?
 Children’s jeans, ointment, and a garbage disposal switch are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cat & Jack Girls’ star studded skinny jeans are under recall because of five reports of children being cut by the metal stars. They were sold at Target stores and at target.com and were made...

6:07 PM Friday, Mar. 09, 2018

Children’s jeans, ointment, and a garbage disposal switch are among the new recalls announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Cat & Jack Girls’ star studded skinny jeans are under recall because of five reports of children being cut by the metal stars. They were sold at Target stores and at target.com and were made...
Free tax help if you make under $54k
 If you need help with your taxes, you may qualify for free tax help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA.  VITA, in partnership with the United Way and the city of Dayton, offers free tax prep services at 14 locations in and around Dayton.  >>TRENDING: Trench collapse in Oakwood injures two Tax preparer...

11:05 PM Thursday, Mar. 08, 2018

If you need help with your taxes, you may qualify for free tax help from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, or VITA.  VITA, in partnership with the United Way and the city of Dayton, offers free tax prep services at 14 locations in and around Dayton.  >>TRENDING: Trench collapse in Oakwood injures two Tax preparer...