When I was approached to do the Mid-Ohio Valley's Most Wanted I was really excited to embark on a new project, one that's very unique from all our other segments at WTAP. I didn't expect it to be such a success!
For the past couple of months, I've been working with the Parkersburg Police Department on the segment. Each week, the department send me a mugshot of a suspect they've had trouble tracking down. On Wednesday, I go over to the police station and interview an official to get the details of the case. After I have all the information...I write it up and edit the segment for the 6:00 newscast. Over the weekend, we run a 30 second commercial telling viewers about that week's suspect.
Sometimes right after the segment airs, on Wednesday, I'll get a call or e-mail from someone who has information on the suspect. Often times, especially lately, as the segment become more popular, the Parkersburg Police Department will receive information and arrest the suspect that same night.
To me, this is truly inspiring. It's always a great feeling knowing that you're giving the public vital information about their community...but for the most part, with regular day-to-day news, it's hard to know that you're making a difference. With Mid-Ohio Valley's Most Wanted, I continuously feel like I'm making a difference, in a small, but definitely meaningful way.
So, back to the segment being surprisingly successful. Four out of the eight suspects that we've featured have been caught! It really goes to show how helpful the community is and how much they care. It shows that the people of the Mid-Ohio Valley know when to help out and strive to make the community a safer place to live.
Thanks for all your help and keep watching every Wednesday, at 6:00, for the latest Most Wanted. There's also a Mid-Ohio Valley's Most Wanted tab on the left hand side of our home page...if you want to check out everyone we've featured so far.