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Todd Baucher is a Weekday News Reporter for WTAP-TV.
In April of 2014, Todd Baucher was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Associated Press of the Virginias. It is the culmination of a career that's spanned more than 35 years, one of the longest tenures of any of the station's on-air staff.
He joined the station in 1980, two years after graduating from Ohio University, and having spent two years as news director at Marietta radio station WBRJ (now WLTP). Todd brought his expertise in covering Marietta events to television, but throughout the years, he's covered major news events on both sides of the Ohio River.
He covered the 1986 West Virginia Penitentiary riots, and has witnessed Presidential visits in both West Virginia and Ohio. In 1994, Todd was a front-line reporter during the Shell Chemical explosion in Belpre, which won an Associated Press Spot News Coverage award. Todd himself has won several AP awards, including Best Reporter, Best Writing, and Outstanding Coverage of a Scheduled News Event.
Todd has interviewed numerous newsmakers throughout the years, in fields ranging from politics (U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Jesse Jackson) to pop culture (Wheel of Fortune hostess Vanna White and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek). All these accomplishments haven't gone unnoticed outside the Mid-Ohio Valley, either: in 2006, Todd was inducted into his high school's hall of fame in Mentor, Ohio.
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."