Brian Trauring is one of Ohio's longest-serving News Directors.
He came to Ohio in 2002 after holding similar positions in Knoxville, Tennessee and Augusta, Georgia.
In 2012, 13abc's owners promoted Brian to Executive News Director for SJL and Lilly Broadcasting. In addition to 13abc, Brian works with the Lilly and SJL stations in Flint, Michigan, Erie, PA and Elmira, New York.
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 formed early in Brian's career. During his first job as a News Director at WTOL in Steubenville, Ohio, a flash flood killed 26 residents of 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 tragic Lake Township killer tornado. 13abc's team immediately helped organize a fundraiser for the community which remains a point of pride even today. 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. Viewers with observations are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org.