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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

RVA Reads Connects Volunteers

The Richmond Public Library, the Office of Community Wealth Building and Richmond Public Schools have partnered to create RVA Reads. The goal is to improve literacy in the city by improving access to books in low income homes.

A new book is introduced monthly. Mayor Jones’ Press Secretary volunteered at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Preschool Learning Center.

RVA Reads is designed to help create home libraries.


Mecklenburg Names New School Superintendent

Paul Nichols, III, has been hired to be the new Supt. of Schools in Mecklenburg County.

Nichols has been an educator for 30 years, he’ll take over December 14th.

During the search to replace Dr. James Thornton, parents and teachers urged that the new superintendent have local ties.

Nichols fits the bill. He graduated from Park View High School, his BA is from Virginia Wesleyan and his Master’s in Education was earned at Longwood University. In 2007, he established a non profit called Virginia Advanced Study Strategies focused on improving educational outcomes.

Richmond Police Officer is Bridging the Gap

Richmond Master Police Officer Rey Perez put together a program called Bridging the Gap One Human at a Time in the city’s Mosby Court neighborhood and its working.

The program was born four months ago from experience.

Now, every week day from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Mosby Court Management Office, people can learn how to prepare and succeed at a job interview.

Officer Perez is hoping to interest more businesses in partnering with him to help the program continue to grow.

Hopewell Water Bills Could Go Up

If Virginia American Water’s request to raise water rates in Hopewell is granted, the average bill go jump $9. a month.

Virginia American Water asked at the end of last month for an increase of total revenues of just under $8.7 million.

The Alexandria based company wants to recover investments of about $53 million since its last rate hike was approved in 2012. Taxes, surcharges, or third party billing would be added along with  a 1 to 5 per cent Infrastructure Service Charge on monthly bills.

VCU and Children’s Hospital Earn Surgery Accreditation

The VCU Medical Center and its Children’s Hospital of Richmond have earned accreditation as the state’s first metabolic and bariatric surgery centers for adolescents and adults.

An American College of Surgeons program accredits in and outpatient bariatric surgery centers after a rigorous, independent, voluntary peer evaluation.

Dr. David Lanning is surgeon in chief for the Children’s Hospital. He said it’s been found that surgery is safe and effective for obese adults and teenagers.

Downton Costumes Exhibit at Virginia Historical Society

On Thursday night (11/19), WCVE PBS will host a Downton Review at the Virginia Historical Society. Its a chance for fans to see the first episode of season five of the wildly popular program.

The Virginia Historical Society recently opened a new traveling exhibit.

Paul Levengood, President of the VHS, clearly enjoyed being our tour guide. For Downton devotees, he said, this exhibit is a treasure trove.

VCU Researcher Pleased with Film’s Focus on Concussions

Earlier this week, Will Smith talked about his new film Concussion and his reasons, as a “football parent,” for making it.

In the film, Smith plays Bennet Omalu, the forensic pathologist who first diagnosed Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease, in football players.

Dr. David Cifu who chairs the Dept. of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the VCU Medical Center says awareness has brought attention to concussion injuries and produced results.

Injured players must be seen by a specialist before they can play again.