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Todd Baucher is a Weekday News Reporter for WTAP-TV.
In April of 2014, Todd Baucher was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Associated Press of the Virginias. It is the culmination of a career that's spanned more than 35 years, one of the longest tenures of any of the station's on-air staff.
He joined the station in 1980, two years after graduating from Ohio University, and having spent two years as news director at Marietta radio station WBRJ (now WLTP). Todd brought his expertise in covering Marietta events to television, but throughout the years, he's covered major news events on both sides of the Ohio River.
He covered the 1986 West Virginia Penitentiary riots, and has witnessed Presidential visits in both West Virginia and Ohio. In 1994, Todd was a front-line reporter during the Shell Chemical explosion in Belpre, which won an Associated Press Spot News Coverage award. Todd himself has won several AP awards, including Best Reporter, Best Writing, and Outstanding Coverage of a Scheduled News Event.
Todd has interviewed numerous newsmakers throughout the years, in fields ranging from politics (U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Jesse Jackson) to pop culture (Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek). All these accomplishments haven't gone unnoticed outside the Mid-Ohio Valley, either: in 2006, Todd was inducted into his high school's hall of fame in Mentor, Ohio.
Spinney, the legendary puppeteer who brought iconic Sesame Street characters Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch to life, died on Sunday at his home in Connecticut. He spoke to NBC’s Harry Smith last year to mark his 50 year career with the show.
In graphic video posted online, a Southern California man talks to himself inside a hotel room and takes aim using a cache of weapons at pedestrians on the street below. The 30-year-old was arrested after police received an anonymous tip from someone in the man’s online gaming community.
A big focus on the investigation is on Alshamrani’s travel. Law enforcement officials say after he arrived in the U.S. for training, he returned to Saudi Arabia then came back to Florida. His friends say he came back much stricter about his beliefs, leading authorities to question if he had been radicalized abroad.
Officials have yet to determine a motive and are working to determine if 21-year-old Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani acted alone or as part of a network. The victims of the shooting, Mohammed Haitham, Cameron Walters, and Joshua Watson, all received a hero's farewell.
“What if this family sought refuge in our country today?” the Southern California church said in a Facebook post.