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John Ogle began his career in broadcast journalism while still in high school. In nearly 50 years on the radio he has worked as a news anchor for the ABC, NBC, and Mutual networks and as News Director of radio stations in Richmond, Miami, Washington, and New York City. After ten years as News Director of WCXR, Alexandria, John returned to Richmond in 1993 and organized The Richmond Times Dispatch Broadcast News Service. In its 12 year history, the network’s programming was heard on 20 radio stations across Virginia. John retired from the Times Dispatch at the end of 2004 but is still heard daily as a freelance Correspondent on WCVE Public Radio and on the ABC Radio Network.

Articles by John Ogle

Grace Street Condo Tower Proposal On Hold

At the request of the developer, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney’s administration has withdrawn a proposal to sell property the city owns on Grace Street downtown for a condo tower.

City Center LLC plans to introduce new legislation soon. Robert Englander, of CathFord Consulting, is heading the development partnership City Center LLC. He said they are very much actively pursuing the condo tower. “We heard from historic preservationists, smart growth people, people that are concerned with affordable housing, all of which we are in agreement with,” said Englander.

Times-Dispatch Finds Problems with Bedden’s Dissertation

Looking into Richmond School Superintendant Dana Bedden’s sudden departure, the Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that Dr. Dana Bedden copied text from other sources in his 2006 doctoral dissertation, at Virginia Tech, without proper attribution.

Bedden’s paper appears to violate Tech’s anti-plagiarism guidelines and the standards set for Richmond schools.

UVa Poll Finds Trump Voters Still Support Him

As the President approaches his 100th day in office, a national poll and focus groups, commissioned by the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, finds that most of the voters who cast their ballot for President Donald Trump still support him.

The center’s Kyle Kondik said they found 93% are still comfortable with Trump and approve of his performance. “Within that, 51% only 'somewhat approve, 41% ‘strongly approve’ so he’s got a strong base,” said Kondik.

Commonwealth Institute Looks at State Investment in School

The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis has examined the impact of cuts in state money invested in public schools since the recession.

The Institute’s Chris Dunhome said the report shows that years of cuts to balance state budgets have resulted in fewer teachers, fewer support personnel, an inability to keep up with changing languages needs of students, elimination of after school clubs and programs, and buildings in disrepair.

Deal To Sell Petersburg Hotel Is Off

Only a few days after it was announced, a deal to sell the historic Petersburg Hotel has fallen through. Monument Construction LLC, based in Richmond, has pulled out of the deal with the city to buy the hotel for $800,000.

It isn’t clear why and the city received a letter from the purchasing agent Petersburg Condos LLC, that it was withdrawing “after conducting its investigation.”

Heritage Tourism Important Driver of Virginia’s Economy

Preservation Virginia commissioned the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at VCU’s Wilder School to evaluate the impact of heritage tourism on Virginia’s economy.

CEO Elizabeth Kostelny noted that this is the third in a series that also analyzed the economic impacts of historic tax credits and the Main Street Program.

"The study finds that $7.7 BILLION is spent by heritage tourists per year in Virginia."

In addition, heritage tourists sites spent more than $430 million adding another $6.5 billion and generating just over a billion dollars in taxes.

Petersburg Hire Former DC Fire Chief

Dennis Rubin has been appointed the new Chief of Petersburg Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services. Chief Rubin will take over on the 15th of next month, according to city spokesperson Clay Hamner. “He was previously the Fire Chief in Atlanta, Georgia, from 2003 to 2007. After that, he was the Fire Chief in Washington, D.C. until 2011,” said Hamner.

After the mayor who appointed him left office, he left Washington for De Pere, Wisconsin.