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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Never give up.

Birthplace

Born:
3/15/1949
Birth Location:
Youngstown, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television News Anchor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Meatloaf
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
Never give up.

Birthplace

Born:
3/15/1949
Birth Location:
Youngstown
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Biography

Television news anchor Jerry Revish was born in Youngstown, Ohio on March 15, 1949 to Estelle Revish, a homemaker and Dewey Revish, a steelworker. He graduated from East High School in 1967 and went on to attend Youngstown State University and Chapman College in Orange, California.

In 1972, Revish began his career in the media when he joined WBBW-Radio in Youngstown, Ohio as a board operator. Two years later, he went on to work for WBNS-AM/FM Radio in Columbus, Ohio as a general assignment reporter and assignment editor. In 1980, Revish became a newscaster for WBNS-TV. He reported from Saudi Arabia on the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and his stories entitled, “Desert Shield Diary” won a Midwest Regional Emmy Award in 1991. Revish reported from Bosnia during the Balkans War and created an award-winning half-hour long documentary from his time reporting on post-apartheid South Africa. Since 1992, he has served as co-anchor for WBNS-TV and has anchored the 5 PM, 6 PM and 11 PM news. In 1996, Revish won the NABJ’s Best International Reporting Award for his story "A Return to Haiti: Rebuilding Paradise." Also in 1996, Revish was instrumental in exonerating Columbus bodybuilder Walter Smith, who was falsely accused of rape, by shining light on Smith’s story through the testing of DNA evidence never introduced at trial. He has also reported from Barbados, Bahrain and Japan. Revish is active in his local community and the founder of The Columbus Association of Black Journalists/Jerry Revish High School Journalism Workshop for minority students in Columbus, Ohio.

Revish has garnered much recognition for his work including six Emmy awards and seventeen Emmy nominations. He has also received the Associated Press awards for best feature, best documentary and best spot news coverage. Revish is the recipient of the Blue Chip Award in Communications and the Carl Day Award for Outstanding Achievement. He was inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005 and has been a member of the National Association of Black Journalists since 1985. Revish and his wife have two adult children, Nicole and Jerome.

Jerry Revish was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 3, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Jerry Revish describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Jerry Revish talks about his mother and his family attending church
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Jerry Revish talks about his maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Jerry Revish talks about his father, and his parents' marriage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Jerry Revish talks about his father's career and his family's life in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Jerry Revish describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Jerry Revish talks about his childhood household and his childhood memories of growing up in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Jerry Revish describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Jerry Revish describes the city of Youngstown, Ohio during the time of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Jerry Revish talks about his experience in elementary school in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Jerry Revish talks about his family's television set
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Jerry Revish talks about the schools in Youngstown, and his experience in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Jerry Revish talks about his interest in radio and television while growing up in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Jerry Revish talks about his involvement in his high school's marching band
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Jerry Revish talks about the Civil Rights Movement while he was growing up in Youngstown, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Jerry Revish talks about working for a year after graduating from high school in 1967 and the influence of his school principal
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Jerry Revish talks about attending Youngstown State University, moving to California to live with his uncle, and attending Chapman College
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Jerry Revish describes how he entered the field of radio broadcasting
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Jerry Revish talks about his experience working at WBBW Radio in Youngstown, Ohio and accepting a position at BNS Radio in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Jerry Revish describes his experience at WBNS Radio in Columbus, Ohio, and his decision to transition to television
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Jerry Revish describes how he was hired at WBNS TV in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Jerry Revish talks about the black journalists on major news networks in the 1970s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Jerry Revish talks about transitioning from radio to television broadcast journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Jerry Revish talks about his mother's emphasis on sound language skills
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Jerry Revish talks about his experience as a news anchor and general assignment reporter at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Jerry Revish talks about reporting about the first Gulf War on the news-series, 'Desert Shield Diary'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Jerry Revish talks about his involvement in the exoneration of Walter Smith on charges of rape
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Jerry Revish talks about his decision to help Walter Smith to prove himself innocent of rape charges
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Jerry Revish talks about joining Ohio-based U.S. Army reservists on a trip to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Jerry Revish talks about his involvement with the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Jerry Revish describes his routine as an evening news anchor on WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Jerry Revish describes his tour through Bosnia and Herzegovina in the aftermath of the Bosnian War
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Jerry Revish describes his visit to Haiti during the U.S. invasion in the 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Jerry Revish talks about the Somali community in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Jerry Revish talks about winning the National Association of Black Journalists' Salute to Excellence Award Contest
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Jerry Revish talks about his journalistic tours to Japan, South Africa, the Gulf, Iraq and Barbados in the 1990s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Jerry Revish talks about Michael Coleman, the Mayor of Columbus, Ohio, and the highlights of his administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Jerry Revish talks about the election of Michael Coleman as Mayor of Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Jerry Revish reflects upon Columbus, Ohio's stable economy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Jerry Revish talks about the major stories in Columbus, Ohio in the 2000s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 11 - Jerry Revish talks about his election to the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and his relationship with the community in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 4 Story: 12 - Jerry Revish describes his philosophy as a journalist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Jerry Revish talks about the desegregation of schools in Columbus, Ohio in 1979, and in the current school system
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Jerry Revish talks about the introduction of cable television in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Jerry Revish describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Jerry Revish reflects upon the diminishing number of African Americans in broadcast journalism
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Jerry Revish reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Jerry Revish talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Jerry Revish talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Jerry Revish describes his photographs