Mike Campbell

Becoming one of News Center 7’s most experienced reporters wasn’t easy. In a world where moving up can often mean moving on, I’m proud to say I did it all right here.   Yes, I spent my entire news career right here in Dayton at WHIO-TV, filling almost every news position imaginable. This has helped tremendously in reporting on my adopted hometown. I graduated from high school in Ypsilanti, Michigan in 1982 and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University right here in the Miami Valley in 1986.   My career at WHIO-TV began in late 1986 when I was hired as a news editor. Things moved pretty quickly from there as I was given new opportunities and responsibilities. I became a news photographer in 1988 and spent several years behind the camera. I then moved to working as a night-time assignment manager for about a year. Following that, it was time for another move as I was asked to report on weekends and also produce medical reports for the station. .   I eventually moved to a full-time news reporter position about ten years ago. I spent several years as a general assignment reporter. About five years ago I was asked to fill the role of lead reporter on the station’s expanding morning newscasts. I continue to work in that role today, teaming with John Paul and Letitia Perry on Miami Valley’s number one morning newscast.   Along the way, I’ve covered just about every story you can imagine. Some of the more memorable events include Republican and Democratic National political conventions, tornadoes in Xenia, Blue Ash, and the Northern Miami Valley, the incredible events and changes brought on by 9/11 and the economic upheaval in Dayton as auto manufacturing jobs slip away and cities and families struggle to adjust. Through it all, I’ve forged strong ties to the Dayton region. I’ve been blessed to raise two college-aged sons here, 20-year-old Anthony and 18-year-old Nick. I’ve also received a new double blessing recently, marrying my awesome wife Christine and being privileged to become stepdad to 8-year-old Ashley.   I look forward to serving the Miami Valley every day. The best way I see to do that is working very hard to keep WHIO-TV’s viewers informed of the news in our community and explaining what impact those events will have on our lives.    Q & A   Where were you born?  Michigan    Where did you grow up?  West side of Michigan between Lansing and Grand Rapids    What was your favorite TV show then?  Hill Street Blues    What was the first thing you ever wanted to be?  Professional Athlete (didn’t everyone?)  How might someone have described you in high school?  Athletic, Outgoing     What was your first job?  Grocery store stock boy    What was your first job in television?  Part-time Video editor, WHIO-TV  What do you like about your job?  Meeting people, finding out how and why things are not working as they should or working exactly as they should.   What do you not like about your job?  We never have enough time to tell all the great stories we uncover. There are always some great things we have to leave out.   What might people be surprised to know about you?  I’m a huge University of Michigan fan (not always popular in Ohio) because my Dad went there.     What is the hardest thing you ever did?  Serving as a pallbearer at my Grandfather’s funeral, a great man that’s still missed by everyone in my family.     What would be a perfect day for you?  If money was not an issue, then I’d watch one of my children’s sporting events, and then fly my wife Christine and I to a beach to take a sunset walk at the ocean’s edge.     What advice would you have for someone wanting to go into the business?  I might advise them to try something else first! But if they were determined I’d tell them to learn to write…that is the key…and also to read a lot, especially reading people with viewpoints that are different than their own.     If you could only keep one 5-minute tape from your career what would be on it?  I think I’d probably keep the reports that I did at the Dayton Airport on the morning of 9/11. As we detailed how things literally changed minute-by-minute all of us and the passengers and people here and around the country realized the fact that the world was changing in a major way.      Favorites     Favorite book: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, Anything by Harlan Coben   Favorite CBS show: Criminal Minds   Favorite dream car: Vintage Mustangs   Favorite food: Pasta, Spaghetti tops the chart   Favorite hobby: Working out, Reading, Watching my Kids Play Sports   Favorite Miami Valley place: The Greene   Favorite movie: Saw   Favorite music: R & B, Christian Contemporary, Jazz   Favorite travel destination: Antigua, In-country I like Chicago or New York

Latest from Mike Campbell

'If I was home, I would be deceased': Doorbell camera captures break-in as homeowner watches
 A doorbell camera and alarm system captured a break-in at a Dayton home while the homeowner watched the crime.  Terry Roberts said he was in downtown Dayton paying taxes when three armed people kicked in the door of his Malvern Avenue home Monday morning.  “I was in line to pay my taxes, and I saw a person trying to break...

Posted: 4 days ago

A doorbell camera and alarm system captured a break-in at a Dayton home while the homeowner watched the crime.  Terry Roberts said he was in downtown Dayton paying taxes when three armed people kicked in the door of his Malvern Avenue home Monday morning.  “I was in line to pay my taxes, and I saw a person trying to break...
Boy killed in Miami Twp. murder-suicide laid to rest
 A 6-year-old boy shot and killed by his mother’s boyfriend is being laid to rest today. Miami Twp. police say Carter Clemons died when 33-year-old Jovonie McClendon shot him and his mother, 27-year-old Di’Eshia Patterson, and then went on Facebook live and shot himself. Services for Carter began at 10 a.m. at the Greater St. John...

Posted: 4 days ago

A 6-year-old boy shot and killed by his mother’s boyfriend is being laid to rest today. Miami Twp. police say Carter Clemons died when 33-year-old Jovonie McClendon shot him and his mother, 27-year-old Di’Eshia Patterson, and then went on Facebook live and shot himself. Services for Carter began at 10 a.m. at the Greater St. John...
Agency acts now, not waiting for study after deadly pedestrian crashes in Dayton, Harrison Twp.
 One agency is not waiting for results of a safety study, they want to take action now to improve safety along North Main Street. The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission is handing out reflective gear to pedestrians who walk along the heavily traveled and dangerous road that has seen multiple deadly crashes in Dayton and Harrison Twp...

Posted: 5 days ago

One agency is not waiting for results of a safety study, they want to take action now to improve safety along North Main Street. The Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission is handing out reflective gear to pedestrians who walk along the heavily traveled and dangerous road that has seen multiple deadly crashes in Dayton and Harrison Twp...
’Water blockage issue’ causes gas outage in Dayton
 A natural gas outage on Brooklyn Avenue overnight has Vectren restoring service to 66 customers, who lost service during what the gas provider called a “water blockage issue.” The outage impacted customers in the 100-400 block of Brooklyn, according to Vectren. Crews became aware of the problem around 10:30 p.m. Thursday...

Posted: 8 days ago

A natural gas outage on Brooklyn Avenue overnight has Vectren restoring service to 66 customers, who lost service during what the gas provider called a “water blockage issue.” The outage impacted customers in the 100-400 block of Brooklyn, according to Vectren. Crews became aware of the problem around 10:30 p.m. Thursday...
Man with fatal stab wounds crashes car in Dayton; death under investigation
 A 54-year-old Dayton man who was stabbed multiple times early Saturday morning fled in his car before crashing in the 1200 block of Clement Avenue in Dayton. The driver, James E. Jones, was trapped and had to be freed from the wreckage. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall said. &ldquo...

Posted: 18 days ago

A 54-year-old Dayton man who was stabbed multiple times early Saturday morning fled in his car before crashing in the 1200 block of Clement Avenue in Dayton. The driver, James E. Jones, was trapped and had to be freed from the wreckage. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Dayton police Lt. Jason Hall said. &ldquo...
Inmate accused of escaping STOP facility, stealing county van faces arraignment
 The man accused of escaping from the Montgomery County STOP facility by stealing a county van is scheduled to be arraigned in court today, records show.  Darryl E. Adams, 27, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a felony theft charge after driving away in a transportation van belonging to the agency on Jan. 23. Dayton police...

Posted: 23 days ago

The man accused of escaping from the Montgomery County STOP facility by stealing a county van is scheduled to be arraigned in court today, records show.  Darryl E. Adams, 27, was booked into the Montgomery County Jail on a felony theft charge after driving away in a transportation van belonging to the agency on Jan. 23. Dayton police...
3 charged in connection with Jacob Caldwell’s disappearance
 Three adults in the home where missing teen Jacob Caldwell was found in August have been charged with interference with custody, according to Miamisburg Municipal Court records. Donald Bell, 48, Jo Anne Henderson, 52, and Zacheriah Henderson, 23, all are charged with one first-degree misdemeanor. All three are scheduled for Jan. 30 arraignments...

Posted: 29 days ago

Three adults in the home where missing teen Jacob Caldwell was found in August have been charged with interference with custody, according to Miamisburg Municipal Court records. Donald Bell, 48, Jo Anne Henderson, 52, and Zacheriah Henderson, 23, all are charged with one first-degree misdemeanor. All three are scheduled for Jan. 30 arraignments...
Woman facing charges connected to Dayton man’s shooting death
 A Dayton woman was arrested on charges in connection to the shooting death of a man Sunday, according to Dayton police.  Sheila Eddington, 43, was arrested on North Garland Avenue in Dayton after Shawn Reuber, 42, of Dayton was found shot in a car Jan. 13.  Reuber later died from his injuries, a gunshot wound to his abdomen, and...

8:26 PM Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019

A Dayton woman was arrested on charges in connection to the shooting death of a man Sunday, according to Dayton police.  Sheila Eddington, 43, was arrested on North Garland Avenue in Dayton after Shawn Reuber, 42, of Dayton was found shot in a car Jan. 13.  Reuber later died from his injuries, a gunshot wound to his abdomen, and...
Col Glenn HWY
A rollover crash closes lanes on Col. Glenn Highway in Beavercreek Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.

3:50 PM Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019

A rollover crash closes lanes on Col. Glenn Highway in Beavercreek Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019.
Judge: Miamisburg shooting victim ‘a model participant’ in drug program
 A Miamisburg teen gunned down in a deadly home invasion impressed a county judge for the “model” way he addressed a marijuana-use issue and is now being remembered a thoughtful co-worker and a friend quick to lend a hand. Miamisburg High School classmates on Monday mourned the loss of Noah Kinser, whose services are set for today...

11:43 AM Tuesday, Jan. 08, 2019

A Miamisburg teen gunned down in a deadly home invasion impressed a county judge for the “model” way he addressed a marijuana-use issue and is now being remembered a thoughtful co-worker and a friend quick to lend a hand. Miamisburg High School classmates on Monday mourned the loss of Noah Kinser, whose services are set for today...
City prosecutors decline charges in death investigation involving Dayton man
 UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m. (Jan. 7): The Dayton City Prosecutor’s office declined misdemeanor charges against William Townsend, who was in a house on Burkhardt Avenue on Jan. 3 when 54-year-old David Jones was found there deceased. Earlier reporting on this story did not make clear which prosecutor’s office -- city or county -- had declined...

3:20 PM Friday, Jan. 04, 2019

UPDATE @ 5:45 p.m. (Jan. 7): The Dayton City Prosecutor’s office declined misdemeanor charges against William Townsend, who was in a house on Burkhardt Avenue on Jan. 3 when 54-year-old David Jones was found there deceased. Earlier reporting on this story did not make clear which prosecutor’s office -- city or county -- had declined...