Trooper of the Year

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Zanesville, Ohio: Trooper Scott Leach has been selected as 2020 Trooper of the Year at the Zanesville Highway Patrol Post.  According to Sgt. Jeff Jirles, “Trooper Leach exemplifies what it means to be a trooper and is a leader among his peers.” 

Trooper Leach is a 2004 graduate of Maysville High School.  In 2009, Leach graduated from the Russ College of Engineering-Ohio University.  Trooper Leach joined the Patrol in 2018 as a member of the 165th Academy Class. 

Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to the Zanesville patrol post.  Sgt. Jirles says: “Trooper Leach was selected for the award by his peers.  Scott’s commitment to his family, career, and work ethic are remarkable.”

    On his time off, Scott enjoys; vehicle restoration, auto racing, Ohio State football and hiking.  Scott has also been active volunteering in his community with the Philo School districts All Hands Food Distribution.

     Trooper Leach and his fiancé, Tiffany Miller, make their home in Muskingum County. 

Nichole Hannahs
Nichole is WHIZ’s News Director/Anchor. She joined the WHIZ family while attending high school at Bishop Rosecrans, before taking a full-time position in 2005. Nichole is no stranger to the area. She grew up in Corning, Ohio and and graduated from Waynesburg College, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications emphasizing in Sports Broadcasting/Sports Information and Journalism.When not at work Nichole enjoys watching St. Louis Blues hockey, enjoying time with family, spending time outdoors and reading.If Nichole wasn't in broadcasting she'd probably have become a teacher.Nichole is married to a fellow sports fan Brandon. They have two sons Cameron and Xavier.