Chip Mahaney, WCPO News Director

Chip Mahaney

WCPO Cincinnati

News Director


Phone: 513.852.4040

Twitter: @chipmahaney


When did you start working here?
I was appointed News Director at WCPO in November, 2016. I’ve worked for WCPO’s parent company, The E.W. Scripps Company, since 2008.

Where else have you worked?
Lots of places. TV stations in Austin, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Oklahoma City; Dallas; and Richmond, Virginia. I worked two years, early in my career, for CBS News. In addition, I spent five years working in the newsroom technology business, traveling all across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, as well as Asia. My first job, when I was 16, was as a dishwasher at a Golden Corral, in my hometown, Arlington, Texas.

What are you most proud of when it comes to your work?
Over 35 years, I’ve trained at least a couple thousand journalists on newsroom management, ethics, social media, and emerging technologies. I’m proud of that. In all the stories I’ve covered, I’m most proud of the work I did covering the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. My wife and I lived only four miles from the Murrah Building, and we felt the blast rock our home. I was a sports executive producer at the time, but I didn’t do any sports work for six weeks after the bombing. Instead, I worked with victims’ families, the local coroner's office and other media around the world in helping organize coverage of 168 funerals (for families that wanted media coverage).

What are you most proud of in your life?
My family: a wonderful wife and two great kids.

What do you love about living in the Tri-State?
I’ve lived here for over a decade, so I’m not a native. But I tell everyone who asks that we will never leave here. We love it here. I love the hills, the weather, the people, and the easy lifestyle. I don’t think everyone here gets how easy it is to get by here, compared to other cities. We have a low cost of living, pretty easy traffic, and very friendly people.

What are your favorite local hangouts/places, sports and cultural institutions?
Reds games and FC|C games. Local golf courses. OrangeTheory Fitness in Anderson Township. I have my favorite running routes, mostly on the east side near the river.

All time favorites?
I lived my first 23 years in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, so no apologies for being a hardcore Dallas Cowboys/Texas Rangers fan. Thankfully, there are no rivalries with those teams here in Cincinnati, so I can also root for the Bengals and Reds. I graduated SMU many years ago, and yes, we do have a great rivalry with the Cincinnati Bearcats!

Apps you can’t live without?
The WCPO app; I’m on it every day. I use Strava to track my running adventures.

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