From anchoring, reporting and producing Rodney has done it all!
He's now using those skills in a management capacity. As the assistant news director, he's tasked with helping our staff at WSYX ABC 6 to produce impactful stories with a distinctive focus on accountability reporting.
Rodney’s efforts caught the attention of WSYX's parent company. Corporate leaders selected him to participant in the Sinclair 'Emerging Leaders Program.’ The program teaches high-potential managers skills critical for newsroom leadership.
Prior to Columbus, he worked as a reporter for WFTS-TV in Tampa, Florida. At WFTS he also served as a Scripps "Leadership Champion" and ethics committee member. Rodney has a long reputation as a newsroom leader.
Before Florida, he served as the morning anchor at WATN in Memphis, Tennessee. He's also spent time working in newsrooms in Nashville, Dayton and Jackson, Mississippi.
His work over the years has helped Rodney earn several Associated Press awards and Emmy nominations. He's also been a part of news teams that won several Emmys for overall news excellence.
Rodney has been featured in several publications including the Communicator and Nashville's SixFifteen Magazine.
He graduated from Tougaloo College in Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English with an emphasis in journalism.
On a personal note, Rodney has a passion for serving the youth in the community. He's been involved with numerous community service programs with school districts as well as volunteering as a "Big" with Big Brothers Big Sisters. As a result of that commitment to the community, he was honored by Iota Phi Lambda Business & Professional Sorority. The organization highlighted Rodney as one of their "Outstanding Business Leaders."
A major part of his local community efforts includes being a ‘service coordinator’ for WSYX. In that position, Rodney helps to support station volunteer activities across Central Ohio. Working with a team to create service projects aimed at making a positive impact in the community.
Rodney was also chosen to be an NABJ Leadership Academy Mentee. The academy trains NABJ members working in broadcast, print and digital who are current news and media managers, or interested in transitioning to leadership, to ascend to the executive suite.
He's also an avid runner, participating in a number of full and half marathons; including the Rock'N'Roll Marathon in Phoenix, Arizona, the Gupton Dodge Tom King Classic Half Marathon and the Music City Marathon.
Rodney is a native of Chicago and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. His biggest accomplishment in life is his role as dad to his young daughter and son.
If you have a great story idea, feel free to send Rodney an email at email@example.com.