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
Anchor / Producer

Carolyn  Fleegle returned to WHIZ-TV in 2006,  after leaving for six years to start a family. 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
Assistant News Director / Sunrise Anchor

Nichole is WHIZ’s Sunrise Anchor / Assistant News Director. 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.

Matthew Kinchla
News Reporter
Matt was born in March of 1995 in Falmouth, Massachusetts. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a degree in Communication in May of 2018. While attending CCU, Matt interned with the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina NBC affiliate WMBF News. He gathered great experience from their news crew and is excited to be using it for WHIZ. It was difficult for Matt to move away from Massachusetts, but he knows he has a great opportunity at WHIZ to start his career. During his free time, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, watching Boston sports, fishing, golfing and listening to country music. Matt is really excited to be starting his career in Zanesville, Ohio and looks forward to getting out in the community and getting to meet and talk with new people.