The retiring broadcaster looks back on his career in journalism.
Jerry Revish’s final newscast will be the night before Thanksgiving, which seems like a fitting coda for the longtime WBNS-10TV anchor. He has much to be thankful for in a career that spans 45 years and includes 13 Emmys, four Edward R. Murrow Awards and a place in the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Columbus viewers have come to know Revish well from his post behind 10TV’s nightly news desk at 5, 6 and 11. He traces his interest in the news to his love of writing essays and journaling in high school in Youngstown, where a chapter of the Urban League was searching for minority students who wanted to get into broadcasting. Revish landed a part-time gig at a radio station there in 1972. He eventually began reading wire copy on air and found news reporting appealed to him, Revish says via email. After eight years in radio, television reporting was the next logical step.
“TV used pictures to tell stories in a more compelling way,” Revish says. “I was hooked.”
He came to 10TV as a reporter in 1980 and later became an anchor. When the station announced his pending retirement on Aug. 22, it gave Revish a few months to say goodbye and ample time to reflect on his long and credentialed career.Like what you’re reading? Subscribe to our weekly newsletters.
Why did you decide to retire now?
My contract ran through the end of 2019. I could have re-signed, but I decided I’d accomplished everything I set out to do in journalism and wanted more time for myself and family. I just felt it was the right time. They say “you’ll know” when it’s time. Well, it’s time.
What do you plan to do with your time once you retire at the end of November?
My wife Danielle and I plan to do a lot of traveling. We have a bucket list of places we want to visit. We also have a church to pastor.
What led to you and your wife founding Unity Temple Church of God in Christ?
We have been Christians for more than 45 years. We served in various capacities in one church for more than 35 of those years. About eight years ago we felt compelled to start our own ministry out of a greater passion to help people.
Will you continue to live in Central Ohio?
Yes. It’s our home, and we love it. Our two children and four grandkids are all here too, which makes it even more special.
What was the most memorable or rewarding story from your career as a reporter and anchor?
I will say helping Columbus bodybuilder Walter Smith win his freedom from prison through DNA testing after a wrongful conviction for rape was a high-water mark for me. Following a Marion, Ohio, Army Reserve unit to Saudi Arabia during the First Gulf War was also a great thrill.
Who was your favorite interview?
It’s hard to pick just one. Having the opportunity to interview President Obama at the White House—twice—and on the campaign trail was pretty exciting. But telling the stories of everyday people who overcame great struggles has been equally as rewarding.
Did you have any on-air mishaps or flubs that make you laugh thinking back on them?
All the time. Reading off a teleprompter that had suddenly started smoking from an electrical short circuit was pretty funny. I never skipped a beat reading that copy. Trying to recapture a pig that got away from me during a live shot at the state fairgrounds still makes me laugh too.
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