Brian Trauring became 13abc's News Director in January 2002 after holding similar positions in Knoxville, Tennessee and Augusta, Georgia.
13abc's news team has been repeatedly honored for excellence including Edward R. Murrow, Emmy and Associated Press awards. Many have recognized 13abc's continuous emergency weather coverage during tornado outbreaks, floods or snow storms. 13abc's team includes the largest and most experienced team of meteorologists and the area's only live and local Doppler radar. The importance of providing unmatched severe weather coverage was emphasized early in Brian's career. During his first job as a News Director at WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio, a flash flood killed 26 residents in nearby Shadyside, Ohio in 1990. It remains Ohio's deadliest flash flood. The station provided comprehensive coverage from the first reports of the disaster through a live memorial service for the victims.
Toledo has also experienced disasters including the Lake Township killer tornado. 13abc's team immediately helped organize a fundraiser for the community. In 2014, nearly 500,000 people were left without drinking water when Toledo's water supply became contaminated. 13abc provided live, non-stop coverage of the crisis for nearly 40 hours over three days. The station's campaign "This Is Home" is reflection of the news team's dedication to the Toledo area. Most 13abc journalists, including our anchors, photographers, editors and reporters, are long time employees and area residents.
13abc's success is also due in part to the value we place on viewers who provide us with feedback. Our goal is to provide public service to the community with news and programs and our support of many public events.