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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!


 

‘Simpsons’ Actor Willing To Retire His Version Of Controversial Character Apu

(ABC NEWS)- Longtime “Simpsons” actor Hank Azaria says he’s willing to retire or change the voice of controversial character Apu after mounting resistance online, calling the Indian-American Kwik-E-Mart owner a racially offensive vestige of the past.

Two weeks ago, the show addressed the topic in its own way, with characters Marge and Lisa Simpson discussing changing times and perceptions. That episode faced severe backlash for not taking the issue and the character more seriously.

 

Now, Azaria himself says he’s given this a lot of thought and “my eyes have been opened.”

 

“I think the most important thing is we have to listen to South Asian people, Indian people in this country when they talk about what they feel and how they think about this character,” he said Tuesday night on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

 

He continued, “And as you know, in television terms, listening to voices means inclusion in the writers’ room. I really want to see Indian, South Asian writers in the room, not in a token way, but genuinely informing whatever new direction this character may take, including how it is voiced or not voiced. You know, I’m perfectly willing and happy to step aside or help transition it into something new.”

Azaria, 54, added that he hopes the showrunners agree and make some kind of change.

 

 

 

 

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