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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!


 

Manchin and Capito Welcome West Virginia Veterans To Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WOAY)- U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) proudly welcomed 23 Veterans from West Virginia to the nation’s capital for the ninth “Always Free Honor Flight.”

 

Senator Manchin provided each Veteran with a Congressional Record Statement to recognize their trip to Washington, D.C., which included a visit to the Arlington Cemetery, Iwo Jima Memorial, World War II Memorial, Korean War Veterans Memorial and Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

“It is an honor to welcome 23 courageous West Virginia Veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials made in their remembrance,” Senator Manchin said. “Without the constant commitment, sacrifice and service of our Veterans, we could not enjoy the freedom we do today. West Virginia is one of the most patriotic states and these West Virginia Veterans embody the Mountain State’s history and contributions made to safeguard America’s liberty. This special honor flight is just one way for us to honor and share our deepest gratitude for their service. I’d also like to thank my good friend Dreama Denver, Pam Coulbourne and the whole Always Free Honor Flight Network for making this trip possible for our Veterans.”

“Our veterans—like the ones I met yesterday—have sacrificed so much so we can enjoy the freedoms we cherish today,” Senator Capito said. “I was honored to welcome this group of proud West Virginia veterans to Washington today for their Honor Flight. As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I always treasure the opportunity to personally thank America’s heroes for their selfless service to our nation, and it was fitting that we could hold today’s event at a memorial that means so much to me and my family. Today and every day, I am so grateful for their service and will continue working to ensure that our servicemen and women, veterans, and their families are provided with the support and benefits they deserve.”

Of the Honor Flight Veterans attending, two served in World War II, two served in both the Korean War and Vietnam War, 14 served in the Vietnam War, two served in the Cold War, one served in the Gulf War and two served stateside. They were accompanied by 4 JROTC Cadets volunteering as guardians from southern West Virginia high schools, the President of the Denver Foundation and Little Buddy Radio, Dreama Denver, the “Always Free Honor Flight” organizer Pam Coulbourne, Vice President of “Always Free Honor Flight” and JROTC Instructor Sgt. Paul Dorsey, Board Member and Official Photographer of the Always Free Honor Flight and the Denver Foundation Steve Coleman, in addition to Veterans’ family members and medics.

The Honor Flight Network is a nationwide effort that raises funds to ensure that Veterans have the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. free of cost to see the monuments that were built in their honor. In West Virginia, the “Always Free Honor Flight Network” was established thanks to the Denver Foundation and Little Buddy Radio, located in Princeton, West Virginia. These non-profit organizations were founded by Bob Denver, who played Gilligan on “Gilligan’s Island,” and his wife Dreama, a West Virginia native.

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