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Ohio News Network Logo.jpg
Type Cable television network
Country United States
Availability State of Ohio
Founded by WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio
Slogan Ohio's Channel for News, Weather and Sports
Owner Dispatch Broadcast Group
Launch date 1996
Official Website

Ohio News Network, often abbreviated ONN, is a television and radio news network in the U.S. state of Ohio. Its studios and offices are co-located with sister station WBNS-TV, the CBS television affiliate for Columbus and central Ohio. ONN is seen in more than 1.7 million households statewide, including the major markets of Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and Columbus. ONN is owned by the Dispatch Broadcast Group, which is affiliated with The Columbus Dispatch, the Columbus daily newspaper.



With the slogan "Ohio's Channel," ONN mostly features news relevant to the state. Other segments include sports, weather, business, and health. Capital Square offers discussion of government in Ohio while the Sunday program On the Hill offers it on the national level that affects the people in Ohio. Capital Square was once a Sunday fixture for WBNS in the 1990s until it was moved over to ONN.

ONN often boasts of being a high school sports leader in the state. Many OHSAA high school sports events including hockey, football, and basketball air on ONN and are major ratings boasters for the network. ONN also includes election updates throughout the state on major election days or for emergency voting that affects a large portion of the state. ONN also airs weekly programming devoted to the Ohio State Buckeyes, Cincinnati Bearcats, and Miami Redhawks including live and tape delayed games.

ONN rebroadcasts local news programs in cooperation with its affiliates in other Ohio markets. In addition to local news produced by Dispatch sister station WBNS, ONN airs local newscasts from WEWS in Cleveland and WKRC in Cincinnati. These broadcasts currently air on a slightly delayed basis.


In addition to the television channel, the Dispatch Group also owns the ONN Radio Network. ONN Radio provides statewide newscasts for affiliate stations during the day. It is distributed by Radio Sound Network, which is also owned and operated by the Dispatch Group. Radio Sound Network distributes various programming elements for radio stations, including live play-by-play broadcasts of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Ohio State Buckeyes, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Current Personalities



ONN News - Weekdays

  • Mike Kallmeyer: Ohio's 9 O'Clock News and Primetime Ohio
  • Jessa Goddard: Ohio's 9 O'Clock News and Primetime Ohio
  • Arica Robbins: Ohio This Morning and Ohio Today

ONN News - Weekends

  • Denise Alex: Primetime Weekend


Statehouse Correspondent/Moderator, Capitol Square

  • Jim Heath

Other Reporters


  • Eric Elwell: Chief Meteorologist
  • Mark Taylor: Early Morning Meteorologist
  • Harrison Hove: Weekend Evening Meteorologist
  • Erin Carrol: Weekend Weather
  • Emily Briem: Weekend Meteorologist


  • Beau Bishop
  • Dan Fronczak
  • Dom Tiberi

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