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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!


 

Parents share warning after rescuing 3-year-old from water-filled washing machine

(ABC NEWS)- A Colorado couple is urging other parents to check the child safety settings of their washing machines after rescuing their 3-year-old daughter from the water-filled washer while it was running.

Lindsey and Allan McIver, of Conifer, Colorado, said they were woken up early on the morning of July 10 by the tears of their 4-year-old son.

“He was crying so hard I couldn’t understand the words he was saying,” Lindsey McIver told “Good Morning America.” “It was then that the realization hit. He had said, ‘Khloe inside washer.’”

 

Alan McIver rushed to the family’s basement laundry room, where he saw their 3-year-old daughter, Khloe, locked inside the washing machine as it tumbled and filled with water.

“I could tell she was screaming, but the machine’s airtight,” Alan McIver recalled. “I yanked on the door. I pulled so hard I moved the machine from the wall, but it’s locked. You can’t get it opened.”

 

The couple, parents of three children, was able to stop the washing machine, which they had installed just days earlier, and pull Khloe to safety.

She emerged only with minor scrapes and bruises.

 

“I pulled her outside of it and got the best hug in the world from her,” said Alan McIver. “She was out and was crying, but safe.”

Lindsey McIver shared the story on Facebook in a post that now has more than 230,000 shares and more than 100,000 likes.

 

The couple installed the new front-loading washing machine just one day before Khloe became trapped inside.

The McIvers’ washing machine was so new, they said, they had not yet read the entire manual before Khloe climbed in.

They now have secured the washing machine door with a child safety lock. They also activated the child lock feature on the washing machine’s settings.

 

LG, the company that makes the McIvers’ washing machine, responded in a statement to ABC News.

“We applaud Ms. McIver for telling her story and share in her efforts to make sure that consumers are aware of the child safety lock feature,” the statement read. “We encourage people to use this important safety setting and to contact our customer support team if they need any assistance. LG customer support can be reached 1 (800) 243-0000.”

The couple said they hope their story serves as a warning for other parents.

“We really hope all parents out there evaluate the dangers in their house, and look at the situation and where potential dangers exist,” said Alan McIver.

 

 

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