Pohlman
Pohlman
CINCINNATI – For the third year in a row, The Ohio Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) named WKRC-TV’s Chief Investigative reporter Duane Pohlman Ohio’s Best TV Reporter. SPJ also awarded Pohlman with first-place awards for best enterprise, health care and consumer reporting.

In addition, the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) honored Pohlman with two Emmy Awards in the investigative and crime reporting categories.

“I’m truly humbled to receive these prestigious awards that recognize the stories of courage and conviction of the people whose stories I tell and the truth that I uncover,” Pohlman said. “I’m also thankful that the managers of WKRC-TV and Sinclair Broadcast Group support my efforts to produce meaningful and compelling journalism.”

“Failure to Project Avery” earned Pohlman one of his Emmys.

“This is by far the most difficult and heart-wrenching story I have ever worked on,” Pohlman said. “Avery was beaten and abused by her mother and the courts kept sending her back. The grandparents repeatedly tried to get her and save her but her mother ended up killing her.”

Pohlman’s story shines a light on the cracks in the child protective services armor.

Many of Pohlman’s investigations have resulted in federal and local prosecutions, as well as local, state and national investigations, hearings and the introduction of new ordinances, bills and state laws.

Pohlman said Monday that being a watchdog is something that comes natural.

“There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think of Delphos,” Pohlman said. “When you come from a small town, you expect wrongs to be righted and you can’t get away with much because everyone knows your parents and grandparents, etc. I’ve been in bigger cities now for decades and there are people who get lost and are just a number. They get crushed. Journalism is supposed to give people a voice. I want them to know that good people will always outnumber bad people - always.”

The 1982 Delphos St. John’s high school graduate and member of the St. John’s Hall of Fame (2016) is widely acknowledged as a premier investigative journalist and television anchor, having worked at some of America’s largest television stations. He achieved a Bachelor of Science in journalism in 1987 from Bowling Green State University.

Pohlman was a student of John Gunder, a now-retired teacher at St. John’s, who mentored many students who pursued careers in television and often credits Gunder for providing the basis for his success.

“I’m very proud that all I achieved began in Mr. Gunder’s classroom at St. John’s High School and that my roots in Delphos provided the solid foundation of my career,” Pohlman said.

With more than three decades of experience, Pohlman has exposed government corruption, the resurgence of white supremacist and neo-Nazi movements, nuclear security violations, deadly threats from arsenic-treated wood, stolen babies and deplorable conditions of coffee workers in Central America, wrongful convictions and numerous other stories of illegalities, unfairness and wrongdoing. Many of his investigations resulted in real change, from congressional inquiries and prosecutions to nationwide recalls to adoption of fair-trade agreements and passage of a rule by the Social Security Administration to give presumptive disability coverage to any person diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease).

He has documented some of the most important moments of our time, including “Operation Desert Storm,” where he covered war from the front lines in Saudi Arabia to the Bosnian peace-keeping mission, where he joined army forces patrolling the Zone of Separation.

Pohlman has been honored with more than 200 national, regional and state awards and has been named Reporter of the Year eleven times in five states by Associated Press (AP), SPJ, Radio and Television News Directors (RTNDA) of the Carolinas, and Virginia AP.

In addition to his on-air work, Pohlman is the president and co-founder of the Ohio Center for Journalism (Eye on Ohio) and a board member of the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Duane is the son of Patricia Williams and the late Gilbert “Gip” Pohlman. He is married to Sharon and is the proud father to his son, Tyler, as well as three stepsons, Alex, Zachary and Jordan.