WHIZ News Team

George Hiotis

George Hiotis
News Director

ghiotis@whizmediagroup.com

George is the News Director of the WHIZ Media Group. He also co-anchors the 6:00PM news on WHIZ-TV and anchors daily news updates on AM1240 and Z92 radio stations. George has been working at the station since 1981 and started as a general assignment reporter. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications. When not at work you can find George playing golf during the mornings on weekends and watching the Reds and Bengals win championships.


Carolyn Fleegle

Carolyn Fleegle
News Anchor

cfleegle@whizmediagroup.com

After leaving the news business for six years to start a family, Carolyn Haley-Fleegle returned to WHIZ-TV in April, 2006 to anchor LIVE AT NOON. She also co-anchors the 6 PM news. Before leaving the station, Carolyn co-anchored the 6 o'clock news and anchored the news at 11 for seven years.

An Ohio native, Carolyn grew up in Kettering, a suburb of Dayton. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where she obtained a degree in Communications.

While not at work, Carolyn enjoys spending time with her two sons going to the movies, bowling and playing miniature golf.


Nichole Medaugh

Nichole Hannahs
News Reporter

nhannahs@whizmediagroup.com

Nichole Hannahs is a native to Southeastern Ohio growing up in Perry County in the Village of Corning. She's also a proud graduate of Bishop Rosecrans High School.

Nichole joined WHIZ in 2000 as an intern before joining the staff full time as a photojournalist and sports reporter in 2005. She now works as a multi-platform journalist working in both radio and television. You can hear her every morning from 6:00-8:30 a.m. on AM 1240, Z92.7 and Highway 103.7.

Nichole graduated with a bachelor's degree in Communication from Waynesburg College, emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism. As a student at Waynesburg, Nichole held the position of Sports Director for WCYJ-FM, calling Yellow Jacket basketball games and high school football. She also was a sports anchor for a weekly newscast on WC-TV and a contributing reporter to the Waynesburg College Yellow Jacket newspaper.

Nichole chose broadcasting because of her love of community and learning what is important to the people of Southeastern Ohio. She's always looking for a good story.

When she's not working you can find Nichole at various sporting events, especially if hockey is involved. She also enjoys hiking at Blackhand Gorge with her husband, Brandon.


Jennifer Bullock

Jennifer Bullock
News Reporter

jbullock@whizmediagroup.com

Jennifer was born and raised in Zanesville. She graduated from Bishop Rosecrans High School and was very active in volleyball and track.

Jennifer joined WHIZ in February 2012 as a news reporter. She graduated from Ohio University in Athens, where she received her bachelor's degree in Broadcast News from the Scripps School of Journalism. She also received specializations in Spanish and Geography.

While studying at OU, Jennifer worked at WOUB Television as a reporter, anchor and producer for Athens MidDay Television. Jennifer also interned at WHIZ during the summer of her junior year in college.

During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, shopping, and watching sports. Her favorite teams are the Ohio University Bobcats and the Buckeyes, of course! She is also an active member of Hands of Faith Church.

Jennifer is excited to be back in her hometown of Zanesville and looks forward to working as part of the WHIZ news team!


Jennifer Bullock

Erika Brooks
News Reporter

ebrooks@whizmediagroup.com

Erika joined the WHIZ News team as a reporter in May 2012.

Born and raised in Marengo, Ohio Erika graduated from The Ohio State University in March 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

While at Ohio State Erika anchored and reported for Buckeye TV News, Ohio State's student produced news show.

Erika enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and friends and hiking around Dresden with her two dogs. She also loves anything to do with the Buckeyes!

She is excited to start her reporting career here in Zanesville and looks forward to becoming part of the community.


Josh Overholser

Josh Overholser
News Reporter

joverholser@whizmediagroup.com

Josh joined the WHIZ News team as a reporter in May 2014.

A native of Darke County in the western portion of the state, Josh graduated from Ansonia High School where he was very involved in FFA, student government, and golf. He then attended college at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting with a Minor in Sports Communication.

While at Otterbein, Josh served as News Producer for WOCC-TV3, Westerville's public access channel housed at Otterbein. He then went on to serve as the Operations Manager for Otterbein-TV. On the radio side, Josh worked as the Sports Director for WOBN where he provided play-by-play coverage for well over 100 sporting events. He also had the opportunity to work as an intern for the Columbus Blue Jackets Radio Network for two seasons before interning with the sports department at WCMH-NBC4 in Columbus prior to graduation.

When not covering news, Josh enjoys golfing and four-wheeling in the warm weather and snowmobiling in the winter. You'll also catch him glued to the television anytime NASCAR, the Reds, Bengals, or Blue Jackets are on.

A small town guy at heart, Josh is thrilled to be starting his news career in Zanesville and looks forward to becoming an active member of the community.

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