News Team

George Hiotis
News Director

George is the News Director of the WHIZ Media Group. He also co-anchors the 6:00PM news on WHIZ-TV and anchors daily news updates on AM1240 and Z92 radio stations.

George has been working at the station since 1981 and started as a general assignment reporter. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor’s degree in communications. When not at work you can find George playing golf during the mornings on weekends and watching the Reds and Bengals win championships.

Carolyn Fleegle
News Anchor / Producer

After leaving for six years to start a family, Carolyn Fleegle returned to WHIZ-TV in 2006. She is currently anchor and producer of Live at Noon and the 6 PM news. 

Carolyn grew up in Kettering, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. She graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio where she obtained a degree in Communications. 

While not at work, Carolyn enjoys reading, going on walks and spending time with her two sons.

Nichole Hannahs

Nichole is WHIZ’s Reporter/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.

Nicolette Pizzuto
News Reporter
Nicolette Pizzuto is originally from the Youngstown area and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Youngstown State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. While studying there, she worked for various reporter internships covering in-depth news topics. She was also a member Delta Zeta, the Dance Ensemble and various honor societies. Nicolette previously worked for WKBN and WYTV as a production assistant in Youngstown. When she is not out reporting, she can be found reading a book, cooking, hiking, working out at the gym or hanging out with her cat Maverick. She loves meeting new people and learning something new every day. She looks forward to telling the stories of the Zanesville area. Feel free to drop her a news lead on her Facebook page or through her professional email at