Jim Heath

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Jim Heath
Broadcast news journalist Jim Heath.
Television Journalist
Born(1966-04-20) April 20, 1966 (age 48)
Van Wert, Ohio
OccupationTV news journalist
ParentsRolden L Heath, Jr. (deceased)
Doris J. Heath
 
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Jim Heath
Broadcast news journalist Jim Heath.
Television Journalist
Born(1966-04-20) April 20, 1966 (age 48)
Van Wert, Ohio
OccupationTV news journalist
ParentsRolden L Heath, Jr. (deceased)
Doris J. Heath

This article is about an anchorman, for the article on musician Jim Heath, see The Reverend Horton Heat.

Jim Heath (born April 20, 1966, in Van Wert, Ohio) is a Political Correspondent and Analyst for WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio. He is also the moderator of the weekly political program Capitol Square, aired each Sunday on WBNS.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, Heath made national news following an interview with Republician presidential hopeful Mitt Romney. During the interview, which took place in Columbus, Ohio, Heath asked Romney whether he supported the Blunt-Rubio Amendment. The controversial legislation was being voted on by the U.S. Senate the following day. Romney answered "no, I do not support the bill" but later in the day reversed his position, claiming he misunderstood Heath's question. The reaction to Romney's initial answer made headlines across the county and was the topic of national cable television political shows.[1][2][3][4] The exchange led GQ Magazine to list Heath on their Top 5 political "Power List."[5]

Prior to Ohio's 2012 presidential primary, The Washington Post named Heath to their "Best Super Tuesday Twitter List."[6]

During the 2008 presidential primary cycle, Heath was the only television anchor in South Carolina who landed interviews with all the presidential candidates. He was invited on board the campaign bus of Senator Fred Thompson during his first campaign trip to South Carolina. He interviewed Senator Barack Obama from J.V. Martin Middle School, one of the oldest and poorest schools in the south. He spent an inning at the ballpark interviewing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He interviewed John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth Edwards as they walked into the South Carolina Democratic Convention. He interviewed former Governor Mitt Romney during his first campaign trip to Myrtle Beach. Heath was the only local journalist invited to interview Senator Hillary Clinton from Florence, South Carolina, as she began her presidential bid.[7]

Heath has known and covered Senator John McCain for over thirty years. In 2002, Heath and McCain won an award from the Arizona Associated Press for a live interview. When McCain returned to Greenville, South Carolina in January, 2006, for the first time since his defeat in the 2000 South Carolina primary, Heath was granted the first interview.[8] Heath also landed a rare interview with Cindy McCain.[9]

Biography[edit]

Prior to joining WBNS, Heath was the Statehouse Correspondent and Capitol Square Moderator for the Ohio News Network. From 2003 to 2009, Heath was the primary evening anchor at the ABC-TV affiliate WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. From 2000 to 2003, he was the primary evening anchor at the NBC-TV affiliate KYMA-DT in Yuma, Arizona.

Prior to television, Heath spent a decade in the political arena, including serving as a congressional press secretary, aide to a corporation commissioner, and a candidate for statewide public office in Arizona.[10]

Although born in Ohio, Heath grew up in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and was a communications major at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He completed his broadcasting internship at KTSP CBS (now KSAZ-TV) in Phoenix.

Recognition[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sargent, Greg (2012-02-29). "Romney comes out against `Blunt-Rubio’ - The Plum Line". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  2. ^ Gerald Herbert, Associated Press. "Mitt Romney's interview with Ohio News Network reporter leads to gaffe on birth control issue". cleveland.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Friday, March 2 - msnbc - Hardball with Chris Matthews | NBC News". MSNBC. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  4. ^ "Super Tuesday Campaign 2012 | Video | C-SPAN.org". C-spanvideo.org. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  5. ^ Cogan, Marin (2012-03-02). "The Weekly Power List: 03.02.12: Death Race 2012: GQ on Politics". GQ. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  6. ^ Post Store. "The best Super Tuesday Tweeps: A Fix List". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Latest local news, weather and high school sports for Myrtle Beach and Florence". Wpde.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  8. ^ Jim Heath interviews Senator John McCain by Jim Heath (2007-08-21). "Jim Heath interviews Senator John McCain : News : CarolinaLive.com". Wpde.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  9. ^ Mrs. McCain on the campaign trail by Jim Heath (2007-09-18). "Mrs. McCain on the campaign trail : News : CarolinaLive.com". Wpde.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  10. ^ "Working 4 a Living". Myrtlebeachonline.com. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  11. ^ The Columbus Dispatch (2013-03-06). "WBNS wins award for election coverage". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  12. ^ Ohio Valley Emmys 2014 Recipient List
  13. ^ "Ohio's Best Journalism 2014". Spjawards.org. 2014-03-18. Retrieved 2014-08-05. 
  14. ^ http://myrtlebeach2007.anchormanoftheyear.com[dead link]
  15. ^ http://www.azbroadcasters.org/eventcal.html[dead link]

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