Jesse Wharff

Evening Multimedia Journalist

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Jesse Wharff joined WTAP in February 2020 as a Multimedia Journalist.

Jesse grew up in Marietta, Ohio, in a family of journalists. His uncles, John and Chris, are well-known throughout the Mid-Ohio Valley for their broadcasts of local sporting events.

Jesse attended Ohio University, studying journalism. While there, he was the play-by-play commentator for the Southern Ohio Copperheads, covered Vinton County High School football for the Athens Messenger, and covered numerous Athens County basketball and baseball games for WOUB. On his breaks from college, he would work for his family’s radio station, WMOA, in Marietta, broadcasting games and reporting local news.

He looks forward to returning to the Mid-Ohio Valley and bringing exciting stories to your television.

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The at-home kits offer to straighten teeth for a fraction of the cost of braces. But is it worth it?

States across U.S. still cling to outdated gay marriage bans

Same-sex marriage became the law of the land in 2015, but you wouldn’t know that looking at the constitutions and statutes of dozens of U.S. states.

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"Crews have been out there picking up hundreds of fish out of the water so it doesn’t look like holy hell. Manatees are swimming in that poison," a fisherman told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Connecticut lawmakers to debate bill prohibiting shaming over school lunch debt

The bill also allows school districts to accept philanthropic or private donations to cover the cost of unpaid bills.

Taylor Swift's dad fights off burglar in Florida penthouse

The suspect was charged with second-degree burglary and is being held on more than $50,000 bond.