Jim Blue News Manager/Anchor419-290-7591
jim@jimblue.com

Professional Background

Jim Blue                       www.JimBlue.com

Toledo, OH 43615 · (419) 290-7591 · jim@jimblue.com

 

 

SUMMARY I have more than 30 years experience in journalism, serving as a news director, anchor, and reporter.
Until recently I served as Managing Editor and Anchor for the 5, 6, and 11PM newscasts at WNWO. Before that I was News Director/Anchor at WNWO from January 2013 until November 2014. Prior to my tenure at WNWO, I established the news operation at WFFT in Fort Wayne, Indiana and served four years as News Director. WFFT Local News, First at 10, won First Place, Newscast from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists. The broadcast was also nominated for an Emmy for Evening Newscast for two years in a row.
My fellow broadcasters have recognized me as Ohio’s Best Anchor, and Best Enterprise Reporter. But awards only go so far. I’m proud to have built a career on in-depth stories that have made a positive difference.

Specialties

In addition to news management, anchoring, and reporting, I shoot and edit many of my stories. I own Hi-definition underwater camera gear and an Avid editing suite. I am a licensed private pilot and a certified SCUBA instructor.

 

 

EMPLOYMENT

 

News Director/Managing Editor/Primary Anchor 2013 to 2016

WNWO-TV Toledo, Ohio

I most recently served as Managing Editor and Primary Weekday Anchor of WNWO-TV. I took on this role after serving as News Director and Weekday Anchor for two years during the station ownership transition from Barrington Broadcasting to Sinclair Broadcasting. I have managed a team of 35 news professionals. In my Managing Editor/Anchor role I travelled to the Philippines following typhoon Haiyan and to Nepal following the April 2015 earthquake to file exclusive reports on the mercy missions by Toledo doctors. I supervised producers and reporters in their daily newsgathering and story production.

 

News Director/Primary Anchor 2009 to 2013

WFFT-TV Fort Wayne, Indiana

I started up the news operation at WFFT, Fort Wayne and anchored the weekday newscasts. We launched the 10PM broadcast in April 6, 2009. Only one year later, WFFT Local News, First at 10, was nominated for an Emmy for Evening Newscast. Within two years of the first newscast, WFFT became the number two late local news in Fort Wayne. WFFT was again nominated for an Emmy in 2010, and for two years won First Place Evening Newscast in Indiana (outside Indianapolis) from the Society for Professional Journalists.

 

Primary Anchor 2002 to 2008

WNWO-TV Toledo, Ohio

 

Highest ratings in station history. AP Ohio Best Anchor 2006. Emmy for Best Newscast.

AP First Place award for Best Enterprise Reporting. Emmy Nomination

for investigation of sexual predators. Field anchored from dozens of locations.

 

 

Anchor/Managing Editor 1997 to 2002

WOLO-TV Columbia, South Carolina

 

First local journalist to cover humanitarian airdrops over Afghanistan.

AP Awards for investigation of corporate thieves and for coverage of

Kosovo War mercy mission. Designed and managed computerized election coverage.

Hosted Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

 

 

Anchor/Reporter 1993 to 1997

WDTN-TV Dayton, Ohio

 

Primary backup anchor for weeknight newscasts. Emmy Award for Live Coverage.

Reported from Rwanda on genocidal civil war. Acclaimed investigations of crime and courts.

Used computer databases to track sentencing inequities.

 

 

 

Weekend Anchor/Reporter 1989 to 1992

WHIO-TV Dayton, Ohio

 

Created Emmy-nominated 7 Inside Story, investigative special reports.

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Science, Communications

University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois

 

Honors Graduate, Investigative Reporting Seminar St. Petersburg, Florida

Poynter Institute

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