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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!


 

Students Learn About Prom Safety

With prom season right around the corner, students are getting ready for the big day but there is something the Fayette County Sheriffs office wants students to be aware of, which are the dangers that can happen during or after prom. Fayette Co. Deputy Sheriff, Rachel Stephens visited Fayetteville High School on Friday to talk to students about what they need to be aware of, “Were just doing it to bring awareness to the children of what can happen to them, some of the things they need to understand. You know they get wrapped up in their nails and their shoes and their tuxedos and their hair and you know we hate for them to be all dressed up and then forget about the dangers that’s out there.”

 “Kids need to be aware of distracted driving using their cellphone or texting or even eating, anything that would take your mind off of what your doing which should be only driving.” Deputy Stephens told us. For some students, this is their first year of prom and they say their excited but also are more aware of the responsibilities they have in making it a fun and safe night. Junior, Ashley Fridley said, “Even though if you don’t do it, somebody else might be doing it so you have to always make sure what your doing, you have to always make sure of your surroundings.”

 During Deputy Stephens presentation, she showed reenactments of students drinking and driving as well as distracted driving. And one student says it was an eye opener. “I’m not only speaking for myself but I think the whole school well the juniors and seniors we would be aware of it but it makes it more realistic seeing other kids doing it and stuff like that.” Fridley told us. 

The Fayetteville deputy sheriffs office has also talked to the other high schools in Fayette county and wants everyone to have a fun and safe prom night. Prom will be held this Saturday, April 22nd at Fayetteville High School. 

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