Rachel Ayers

Rachel Ayers

started as a multi-media journalist at WOAY in October of 2015. She then moved to evening anchor in September of 2016. This is Rachel’s first job on air in the TV News business. She also worked as an Assignment Editor in Greensboro,NC at WFMY and Winston-Salem, NC at WXII. She graduated from High Point University in North Carolina in May of 2015. However, she is a West Virginia native. She was born and raised in Point Pleasant in Mason County. During her time at WOAY Rachel has covered an array of stories from Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’ stops in the Mountain State to showing the effects of Surface Coal Mining. Her favorite stories to cover are political stories and the ones that affect the residents of her home state. In her spare time Rachel enjoys snuggling with her dog Toby and cooking. She is always looking for good food, so along with story ideas, feel free to send her restaurant recommendations!

Chief Meteorologist Tyler BarkerChief Meteorologist Tyler Barker

has been fascinated with the weather since he was 8 years old. He always knew he wanted to be a broadcast meteorologist when he grew up. He would sit and watch local meteorologist every time they were on and loved the Weather Channel. He used to practice in front of the TV and make his younger brother watch him tell the weather. Growing up his role model was Lanie Pope on WXII 12. He was a weather watcher and would call in daily to give the high/low temperatures of the day, precipitation totals, or any severe weather that occurred. Tyler loves all kinds of weather; including tornadoes, severe weather, snowstorms, and hurricanes.

Tyler grew up in the foothills of North Carolina, in a one stop light town named Boonville, NC. He went to college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Meteorology in December of 2015. He completed two internships, one with Grant Gilmore in Greensboro, NC at WFMY News 2, and the second internship with WCNC NBC Charlotte with Brad Panovich. Tyler moved to West Virginia to take his first job at WOAY-TV the day after he graduated. He became the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter. His first day on air was Christmas Day night, one which he will never forget. In September, Tyler was promoted to Chief Meteorologist where you can find him weekdays at 5, 6, and 11 pm on WOAY-TV.

When Tyler is not working, he enjoys spending time with his miniature schnauzer Jack, which keeps him busy. He loves to cook, watch TV shows, hang out with friends and family, and make people laugh. He is always studying the weather and keeping up with the latest forecast two to three times a day. He loves a challenge and mountain meteorology is a big challenge.

Matt DigbyMatt Digby

is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week.

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Matt is a graduate of Ohio University, and got his start in radio and television at the campus station. His most memorable moment at the station was covering the Ohio Bobcats’ run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship in 2012. Later that year, Matt interned at a station in Columbus, Ohio, and helped cover Ohio State football among other stories.While a student at Ohio, Matt was one of the inaugural winners of the Scripps Innovation Challenge, a contest designed to solve real-world issues in today’s media industry.

Prior to joining WOAY, Matt was a play-by-play commentator, where he called championship events at the youth and college levels.Matt says the best part of Southern West Virginia is seeing the passion residents have for their local sports. He is excited to bring you the best coverage possible throughout the region.

Away from work, Matt is an avid sports fan, and enjoys playing the area’s great golf courses. Thanks for watching!

Katherine ErnstKatherine Ernst

Born and raised a Jersey girl, Katherine’s dreams of becoming a journalist started at the young age of ten during her first gig as her elementary schools news anchor. She went on to attend Salisbury University, graduating with a B.A degree in Media Production. She has worked for NHL Network, Tupelo Honey Raycom: New York Giants, NFL Films, HLN, What Matters Most & Ocean Happening. Connecting with unique individuals who inspire each one of us to work towards making this world a better place is the reason she became a journalist. The ability to share stories that change lives is what she says, matters most. In her free time you can catch Katherine out on a hike, dancing away at a concert, taking a zumba class or cooking up a new recipe! She is excited to meet the wonderful people of Southern West Virginia and explore the wild and wonderful mountain state!

 Tom Beal

is the weekend sports reporter and anchor, starting at WOAY in February 2016. Raised in a suburb of Boston, MA, Tom’s passion for sports began very early.  He began playing soccer at the age of three and played soccer, hockey, baseball, basketball throughout his youth.  He continued to play hockey and football in high school, captaining the Groton-Dunstable Crusaders hockey team to its first state championship appearance in 2011.

As a fan, Tom grew up in the golden age of Boston sports.  Starting with the Patriots first Super Bowl in 2002, Tom has witnessed four Patriots championships, three Red Sox championships, and one from each the Bruins and Celtics.  The success of the teams and players Tom idolized fueled his passion for sports and significantly influenced his decision to follow a career in sports.

Years of obsessively reading the Boston Globe and watching SportsCenter led Tom to major in Sports Communication at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY.  He graduated Magna Cum Lade in 2015 with a B.A. in Communication with a dual concentration in Sports Communication and Radio/TV/Film.  During his time at Marist, Tom called a variety of sports for the college radio station, and called the 2012 and 2014 MAAC Lacrosse Championships for MAAC TV.  He also served as the Director of Live Sports Events for the college television station and volunteered as a camera operator and replay technician for the Athletics department all four years.

Tom also took advantage of the internship opportunities at Marist.  Starting in 2013, he interned with the Marist Center for Sports Communication, where he helped launch “The Classroom,” the first student-produced radio show on an ESPN Radio station.  The Center also hosted guest speakers such as Mike Breen, Bryant Gumbel, Chris Mannix, and Ryan Rucco.  After completing that internship, Tom joined the Marist in Manhattan internship program, where he interned with SiriusXM’s soccer channel while living in the Upper East Side.  During his senior year, Tom returned to SiriusXM to intern with their NFL channel.

When not working, Tom enjoys following his Boston teams, experimenting with diet and exercise techniques, and self-educating on a variety of topics from language learning to performance optimization.  You can find Tom on Twitter, @TomBealWOAY.

Kaley Shaw Kaley Shaw

joined the WOAY-TV team in October 2016 as the Weekend Meteorologist/Weekday Reporter. She attended Ohio University and graduated with a B.S. in Geography Meteorology and a minor in Journalism in April of 2016. While at OU she was a weather anchor for PBS affiliate WOUB, a member of the Ohio University Chapter of the American Meteorology Society and Alpha Omicron Pi Sorority. She also served as Scalia Laboratory’s Webmaster her senior year.

Kaley grew up in Lorain, Ohio, a western suburb of Cleveland. The house she grew up in is across the street from Lake Erie and was once moved off its foundation by the tornado of 1924! Her favorite weather memory was seeing two waterspouts over Lake Erie while on a ride at Cedar Point. Kaley’s favorite subject growing up was science and she had always dreamed of being on television. After taking a broadcasting course in high school she decided to combine her love for science and desire to be on television and become a Meteorologist.

In her free time Kaley enjoys crafting, cooking and exploring the beautiful hiking trails of West Virginia. Kaley is very excited to be a part of WOAY-TV. The people of West Virginia are some of the kindest people she’s ever met. You can find Kaley on Facebook and Twitter @KaleyShawWX.

Humane officer fired after killing baby rabbits

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio humane officer has been fired after he was accused of breaching procedure in killing five baby rabbits.

A man had asked North Ridgeville police for help after he accidentally killed a rabbit with his lawnmower and then discovered five more. The man, Sheldon Jones, says he thought the surviving animals might be taken to a shelter. Instead, he says Humane Officer Barry Accorti grabbed them, took them to his truck and quickly broke their necks.

Police say Barry Accorti was fired Wednesday, but they don’t believe he broke any laws.

Accorti spent three decades as a police officer in North Ridgeville and rejoined the department as a humane officer after his retirement. He declined to comment on his firing.

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