WHO Radio News Staff


Iowa's largest radio news team covers the top local, state, and national stories with experience and dedication. Listen for WHO Radio News at the top and bottom of the hour, 24/7. Breaking news and severe weather at once on AM 1040 WHO.

Contact WHO Radio Newsroom: (515) 245-8887  Email: News@WHOradio.com

Wendy Wilde WHO News Director, Midwest Region News Director

Wendy Wilde has been a Talk Show Host, News Director, and News Anchor and Reporter in her 43-year radio career. She is a multiple region Murrow, Sevareid, SPJ (Society of Professional Journalists), and Associated Press Award winner, and has served as President of the Minnesota Associated Press Broadcast News Association.

Wendy has a degree in Communications from the University of Minnesota, with additional coursework in Pre-Medicine at the University of Dayton, Marketing at the Carlson School of Management, and Business and Economics at Wright State University. She also holds a Project Management Certification.

Community service and volunteerism has been a focus throughout her life. Wendy and her husband Michael co-founded and ran a volunteer-operated 501(c)3 non-profit teen center for six years, volunteering every weekend. VIDEO CLICK HERE.

She and her husband, Michael have three children and one grandson.

VIDEO CLICK HERE: Wendy Wilde goes in depth on a Southern Minnesota story that made national headlines

Sue Danielson - WHO Assistant News Director

Sue Danielson joined the WHO Radio Newsroom in 1989 and enjoys covering a wide range of stories, sharing news and information with WHO Radio listeners. She says she is especially interested in severe weather coverage, having reported on numerous tornadoes, thunderstorms, floods, ice storms, and blizzards.

Sue has won multiple state and national awards for her reporting and newscasts, and has received the Jack Shelley Award from the Iowa Broadcast News Association, the organization’s highest honor.

Sue holds degrees from the University of Illinois and Southern Illinois University.

Sue and her husband Darwin live in Urbandale, and have a son and a daughter.

Trent Rice - Midwest Region Assistant News Director

Trent Rice has a Broadcast Journalism Degree from the University of Nebraska, and has worked in radio newsrooms in Iowa and Nebraska. He was News Director at KASI Radio in Ames for more than 20 years before joining the iHeart Midwest News Center at WHO as the Midwest Region Assistant News Director.

Trent's been recognized by the Iowa Broadcast News Association with awards for his news coverage and newscast anchoring. In 2017 he received the IBNA's top honor--The Jack Shelley Award in 2017.

Trent and his wife Solveig have three children.

Jeff Akin - News Anchor / Reporter

Jeff Akin brings 40 years of experience to our newsroom. Jeff has been a News Director, Program Director, Sports Director, Station Manager, and Radio Talk Show Host over the course of his Radio career.

Jason Taylor - News Anchor / Reporter

Jason Taylor has been a News Anchor and Reporter since 2014, with a focus on state legislatures in Missouri and Kansas.

Jason was based in the capital cities, covering news for statewide radio networks in both states. He also was a local and regional news Anchor and Reporter in Washington state, co-anchoring a three-hour morning news block.

Jason has been a volunteer for many years with the Salvation Army, donating his free time to serve meals to those in need.

Brock Wilson - News Writer / Anchor / Reporter

Brock Wilson has a Broadcasting Degree from Evangel University in Missouri, where he was a News Anchor for his the morning sports program, Sports Update.

Brock was a Play-by-Play Announcer and Sports Producer and Director in college, and also did play-by-play for a Springfield, Missouri area high school football team and the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Besides being a sports (especially the St. Louis Cardinals and the Blues), Brock also plays multiple instruments and is a country music fan.

Madeleine McCormick - News Writer / Anchor / Reporter

Madeleine McCormick has a Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.

She worked for a time for an events and marketing firm in Chicago, before joining iHeart Radio as a News Writer, and is now also a News Anchor and Reporter for our Midwest News Center.

Madeleine says she believes in the power of sharing real stories with the world, and hopes those stories lead others to a change in perspective, a new idea, or at the very least, some entertainment.

Madeleine is also a singer, and was recently featured on national television as the National Anthem singer at the Iowa Speedway in Newton.

Madeleine McCormick Sings National Anthem

Dave Bohl - News Anchor / Reporter

Dave Bohl is a graduate of Drake University in Des Moines with a degree in Communications. Throughout his radio career, he's been a Control Room Board Operator, live Show Producer, and now a News Anchor and Reporter.

Dave is also a professional musician, performing regularly all around the Midwest. He plays saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, and is also a vocalist. 

Below, Dave performing at a Jazz show in Omaha, Nebraska in 2019.

Dave Bohl performs in Omaha, Nebraska in 2019

Dave Bohl performs in Omaha, Nebraska in 2019

Chris Turner - News Anchor / Reporter

Chris Turner is a graduate of the University of Missouri with a Degree in Communications and Sports Studies.

He was previously a television Sports Director at a Mississippi television station, and Sports Anchor/Reporter at a Missouri television station.

Chris is a big sports fan and usually spends his off-time watching sports, reading, or talking about sports. 

Terry Leahy - News Anchor / Reporter

Terry Leahy graduated from Creighton University in Omaha in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, and has worked in news and public affairs throughout his career.

He has been a sideline reporter on the Nebraska Football Network, Westwood One College World Series coverage, and is currently is in his 24th year as an original member of the broadcast team for the University of Nebraska Omaha NCAA Division One college hockey program, which started in 1997.

Terry enjoys history, politics and sports.

Julia Bertino - News Anchor / Reporter

Julia Bertino is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Omaha and holds a B.S. in Communications. She started her radio career in 2015 as a member of the sales team, then transitioned to a News Anchor and Reporter the following year.

Julia and her partner Nate renovating their home or binge watching documentaries with their cat, Fitzgerald.

Julia says her biggest passions in life are music, theater and history.

Parker Reed - News Anchor / Reporter

Parker Reed is a recent graduate of Iowa State University, with a Bachelor Degree in Journalism & Mass Communications in Management, and was Limelight Editor for the Iowa State Daily (CLICK HERE).

He contributed work to CITYVIEW and Iowa Living Magazines as an Intern, and is the Co-Founder of Pretty Fort (below), appearing on and publishing music-focused podcasts focused on musicians and events.

Ryan Baker - News Anchor / Reporter

Ryan Baker anchors newscasts on weekends for iHeart Radio. He is President & Chief Executive Officer at BAMM Multimedia. He has a more than 15 year background in Radio News as an Anchor and Reporter, on legendary radio stations including KOA in Denver and WBAP in Dallas.

Ryan and his wife, Angie live near Ogallala, Nebraska with their children (and dogs).