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Tom has been the Morning News Anchor on the Van and Bonnie Show for three years as of this month. He also is Anchor for The Bus Morning News
Tom's resume includes Afternoon Drive at legendary KOMO Seattle, Weather for KOMO-TV, and Morning Drive at WTIC Hartford.
Tom and his wife Janelle have three grown children and seven grandchildren, including quadruplets born in early 2016!
Tom is a Methodist Hospital volunteer. He enjoys playing guitar, gardening, and restoring vintage cars in his spare time.
Wendy is WHO Radio News Director and Midday Anchor.
Her 38-year radio career includes top-rated radio stations and shows in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Dayton, Baton Rouge, and Chicago.
She has been a Radio Program Director, Music Director, Copy and Production Director, Talk Show Host, News Anchor/Reporter and News Director. Wendy has won numerous national, regional, and local news awards, including two Best Newscast Murrow Awards in the highly competitive Region 4.
Wendy has a BA in Communications from the University of Minnesota; studied Pre-Medicine at the University of Dayton; studied Marketing and Marketing Research at the Carlson School of Management; and holds a Project Management Certification.
In Minneapolis Wendy and her husband, Michael founded and ran a 501(c)3 nonprofit teen center for more than six years. They also founded a start up niche company making custom computers for senior citizens with sales across the U.S.
The couple has three grown children.
In her free time Wendy enjoys figure roller skating, bicycling, paddle boarding, gardening, cooking.
Richard has been with WHO for more than 25 years, much of that time as Capitol Reporter. He recently added Anchor duties on WHO.
As a child, Richard like to pretend to be a radio announcer. He started his professional broadcasting career at the University of Hawai'i campus station KTUH. He anchored News at KQMQ and KGU, where he also was a talk host.
Lee has been with WHO since1990. And has won awards for his work in the News Department.
Lee brings a diverse background to his radio career. He's been a stand-up comic, waiter at a sushi restaurant, professional ballet dancer and choreographer among other things. Along with his wife, Melissa, Richard currently owns and operates Capital City Dance Center in Urbandale.
Sue is Assistant News Director and Afternoon anchor.
She produces the weekly WHO Focus Public Affairs Show that airs Sundays at 6:00 a.m.
Sue Danielson has been a part of the WHO-Radio staff for nearly three decades serving in a variety of capacities in the news and programming departments.
A general assignment reporter and newscast anchor, Sue has won state, regional, and national broadcast news awards for her coverage of major stories, from severe and breaking news, to crime, politics, features, including Iowa State Fair reports.
Sue and her husband Darwin reside in Urbandale. They have two children.
She says enjoys hearing from and meeting with WHO-Radio listeners and hearing their stories.
Gary Barrett's late shift brings a major expansion to WHO Radio News - local news and live severe weather coverage through midnight.
Gary is also Morning Drive News Anchor for Davenport; Cedar Rapids; Iowa City; Springfield, Missouri; and Minot, North Dakota radio stations.
Gary Barrett has been in radio for over 40 years.
He was morning News Anchor and Statehouse Reporter in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids, and then ran the nation’s first Internet radio station dealing with politics in Davenport.
Gary was Statehouse Reporter for WHO Radio News in the mid 1990's, and returned as Afternoon Anchor in 2007.
Gary says high points in his career include covering every major Presidential campaign in Iowa since Ronald Reagan; live coverage of the floods of 1993 in Des Moines; and either participating in or moderating candidate debates on WHO Radio and TV.
Connor Quealy - Reporter
Connor Quealy came to Des Moines in September 2014 to work at WHO Radio.
He covers the Police Beat daily and is often heard reporting live from the scene of breaking local news stories.
Connor says he is very thankful to earn the Iowa Broadcast News Association's Best Spot News Coverage honor in 2015.
Connor Quealy earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism at Illinois State University. He split his senior year between school and work at a local radio station, WJBC-AM. He also worked for the school's radio station, WZND, and television station, TV-10.
He grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago. Connor is a proud Eagle Scout.
Steven Anthony - Anchor 1am-4am
Saturdays and Sundays
The News Department staff rotate weekend shifts, expanding WHO Radio local news coverage to Saturdays and Sundays.