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Jim Wharton has served as the WTAP Sports Director and Anchor since July 28,1984.
July 28, 1984 marked the start of the Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. It also marked the start of Jim Wharton's tenure as Sports Director of WTAP-TV.
He replaced Randy Greene who left for an opportunity in the broadcast education field.
In 25 years, Jim has reported from numerous national, regional and local sporting events
He's been to bowl games, national championship college baseball and football games, NASCAR races, MLB games, NFL games and more.
But while he's enjoyed the experiences while travelling to Daytona, New Orleans and Phoenix, his first love is local sports.
Jim has covered literally thousands of sporting events over the years. He started out shooting on film, followed by analog tape, digital tape, and now on computer disc.
He is proud to have started the award winning "Football Frenzy" high school football show. And enjoys doing play by play in WTAP broadcasts of high school and college sporting events.
The latest death brings the statewide total to 51, which is mostly attributed to the 48 who have been confirmed killed in the Camp Fire 500 miles north in Butte County.
Authorities released a list of 297 people still unaccounted for. "We'll be here for several years working this disaster," said the administrator of FEMA.
"Everybody's homeless," said Karman Beller, a Camp Fire evacuee who's six-months pregnant.
IT glitches at VA have caused GI Bill benefit payments to be delayed for months or never be delivered, potentially affecting hundred of thousands of veterans.
Robert Bailey, a retired government employee, said he wants to "take care of it for the next generation in my family."