Mike Foley

Reporter, News Anchor

Mike Foley joined WCBE in February 2000, coming from WUFT in Gainesville, Florida. He earned two degrees from the University of Florida, one in Broadcasting and the other in Print Journalism. Growing up and spending the better part of his life in the Sunshine State, Mike continues to adjust to Ohio’s winters. Repeated attempts to structure a contract that would allow him to stay home on days when the temperature falls below 60 have failed. He sometimes becomes grumpy in cold weather, while fellow news colleague Alison remains rather cheerful. But Foley finds strength in the lyrics of Eddie Vedder - “no matter how cold the winter, there’s a springtime ahead.”

Mike loves to golf and listen to music, but his greatest joy comes in spending time with his wife, son, two daughters and their dog. Of course he follows the Gators. His wife - a proud Buckeye grad - keeps him in line. Foley also roots for the Denver Broncos - which works out well with his orange and blue wardrobe. He's questioning that loyalty after Denver dealt Tim Tebow. But he still brings up “The Drive” to news guru and Browns backer Jim, who typically responds in disgust. Besides weather and sports, the news team gets along just fine.

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Gene Walker and the late Hank Marr were inducted into the Lincoln Theatre Walk of Fame July 28.

The state has made a major change with the largest item in its budget – Medicaid.

The Ohio Supreme Court won't reconsider its ruling declaring Ohio's smoking ban constitutional. The high court today denied a request by a Columbus tavern owner to revisit the May decision on the ban.

One of five men charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio has pleaded guilty and will testify against his co-defendants. The plea by 35-year-old Anthony Hayne came today in federal court in Akron.

Family attorney Rob Scott of Dayton says 27-year-old Matthew McQuinn was killed after diving in front of his girlfriend and her older brother amid the gunfire.

The Department of Defense says a soldier from the 20th Engineer Battalion has died in Afghanistan. Military officials say 24-year-old Pfc. Jeffrey L. Rice of Troy, Ohio, died July 19 in Kandahar.

A teenager from Forest, Ohio and the daughter of St. Paris Fire Chief Scott Massie were among the dozens of people injured in the shooting at the Colorado movie theater where 12 people were killed this morning. Family members say Gage Hankins and Samanta Yowler are expected to recover. 

The search for an Ashland man wanted in the killing of his girlfriend has moved to Columbus. Police say a central Ohio resident reported seeing a man suspected of killing his on-and-off girlfriend during a vacation to North Carolina's Outer Banks, but a search turned up nothing.

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman along with other city and business leaders recently announced the next step in the Southern Gateway Initiative, a comprehensive effort to revitalize the south side. 

A former teacher in central Ohio has been arrested for possessing images of nude children after authorities said a flash drive containing photos was found at his desk this spring.

A coal company has pleaded guilty to criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act involving wastewater spills into a southeast Ohio stream. It could cost the company more than $7 million.

Columbus authorities are continuing to deal with the early morning train derailment near the Ohio State Fairgrounds. 

A report that examined the possible impact of changes that the state’s five public pension funds wanted lawmakers to make is out.

Ohio has been cracking down on shady doctors and pharmacists who’ve run pill mills and improperly distribute addictive pain medicine. With that source of illegal prescription medicine drying up, Ohio’s attorney general believes that addicts and profiteers will now turn to another setting to get their meds - nursing homes.

A freight train derailment and explosion in Columbus near the Ohio State Fairgrounds forced authorities to evacuate a mile-wide area of the city to contain the blaze and determine what's burning.

The state is making dozens of drop-off boxes available to Ohio counties for the collection of prescription drugs in an anti-drug abuse effort. The pilot program announced today makes 75 boxes available to two dozen southern Ohio counties where the state's prescription painkiller epidemic has hit the hardest. 

Gasoline costs Ohioans an extra quarter per gallon compared with a week ago.

Environmental activists in Athens County say dangerous chemicals are being injected deep into the earth in the southwest region of the state.

A stifling heat wave has sapped attendance totals at the annual Dayton Air Show in southwest Ohio. General manager Brenda Kerfoot says attendance fell 38 percent to about 47,000 people in the preliminary estimates.

The sizzling temperatures in Ohio combined with power outages have apparently helped hasten the deaths of 3 Licking County residents. The coroner’s office says in 3 separate cases, the lack of air conditioning contributed to the deaths. About 79-thousand Ohio customers of American Electric Power remain without power today.