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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

Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll Shows Trump Gaining

Quinnipiac University released a swing state presidential poll today (9/23) showing Donald Trump gaining ground.

Quinnipiac’s Peter Brown said that of the four states, Virginia is, in fact, the best for Hillary Clinton. She still leads Trump in the Commonwealth but her August double digit lead is down to six points.

Clinton leads in Colorado by two points but Trump wins by seven points in both Iowa and Georgia.

VCU Chat for Sickle Cell Awareness Month

Yesterday (9/21) the VCU Department of Family and Community Health Nursing hosted a live Health Chat in recognition of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. In the U.S., at least 100,000 people, the majority African American, are affected.

For an hour yesterday, chat questions about how to diagnose, treat, and live with sickle cell were answered by Dr. Suzanne Ameringer. She’s involved in a two year study funded by the National Institutes of Health to help adolescents and young adults manage the disease.

Petersburg Council Does Not Choose New City Manager

People who live in Petersburg had a chance last night (9/20) to let city council know what they thought of efforts to find a new city manager. Many spoke in favor of offering the job to acting City Manager Dironna Moore Belton.

Speakers also made it clear that what has been reported about candidate Rochelle Small-Toney and her dismissal as city manager in Savannah, Georgia, ended her chances of getting the job.

Councilman Darren Hill proposed hiring an executive search firm. Barb Rudolph, with the citizen’s group Clean Sweep Petersburg, said that seems like a good idea.

Police Urge Public to Be Alert and Report Suspicious Activity

Aware of the public information that helped police identify a bombing suspect in New York and New Jersey, law enforcement across the country is urging the public to stay alert and report concerns.

In Richmond, VCU Police Chief John Venuti said students can download a free app LiveSafe and send police pictures and video of things and activities that make them suspicious. “We don’t have to live in fear,” he said, “we do need to keep our eyes and ears open.”

Non-Profit Better Housing Coalition Buys Hotel

The non profit Better Housing Coalition has purchased what was, most recently, a Quality Inn in the 3200 block of West Broad Street. It will be converted to family housing.

The coalition’s president and CEO Greta Harris said at $30 million, it will be their largest investment to date. It is the first time, she said, that the coalition is investing in an already vibrant and growing neighborhood. The property is a block away from a key stop on GRTC upcoming PULSE Rapid transit route.

Solar Array Generates Power and Educates Kids

On Friday (9/16), Dominion Virginia Power offered tours of its solar array at Philip Morris USA Park 500 in Chesterfield. It generates electric power and more.

8,000 solar panels are mounted at the facility on Bermuda Hundred Road. Dominion’s director of New Technology and Energy Conservation, Brett Crable, showed off an observation deck intended to generate interest in students about solar power.

Dominion uses the $4.9 million project to study the impact of solar on the grid. The solar array can generate 2,000 kilowatts of electricity, enough to power 500 homes at peak.

Savannah Reporter Covered Petersburg Candidate’s Firing

Leslie Conn was a reporter at the Savannah Morning News when Rochelle Small-Toney was both an interim and the city manager of the Georgia city. She also covered her removal from the job.

Conn said Small-Toney is highly intelligent and charismatic.

Problems began early in her administration that have an unwelcome familiarity for Petersburg.

Petersburg Council Discussing Offer to City Manager Candidate

Petersburg Mayor W. Howard Myers says city council has made an offer and is in focused discussion about a candidate for city manager.

Mayor Myers didn’t say to whom the offer was made but, when asked about the presence at council’s last meeting of Rochelle Small-Toney, former city manager in Savannah, Georgia, and currently a Deputy City Manager in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he said, she has the kind of experience needed for the job.

Will Rochelle Small-Toney be Petersburg City Manager?

It’s been reported that Rochelle Small-Toney expected to be named City Manager of Petersburg Wednesday night (9/14) but reports of her firing in Savannah, Georgia, resulted in no announcement.

Leslie Conn was a reporter for the Savannah Morning News when Small-Toney was named city manager. She was in the job for less than a year, when problems surfaced.