John Clay

John Clay is the Managing Editor in the WTAJ Newsroom and Co-Anchors WTAJ evening newscasts at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11. 
He married his wife Annie in 2009 and has 3 beautiful boys. The family also includes Labs Max and Navy. John started working for WTAJ in 1998 in the State College Bureau. He became Bureau Chief there and covered the State College and surrounding communities for about 7 years. He became a main anchor in 2005.
While at WTAJ News, John has earned individual and team awards from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association for spot news, enterprise reporting and covering breaking news.

John's broadcasting career began in high school when he volunteered to work at a public TV station in Bemidji, Minnesota. In 1989 he joined the U.S. Navy and worked for 5 years as a reporter and anchor. His military journalism training sent him to duty stations in Portugal and Italy. John says his years in the Navy were some of the most exciting and challenging times of his life. 

In 1994 John started a degree program at the Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia Missouri. In 1998, John graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Broadcast News.

John's large, extended family is spread out all over the world, particularly in Germany. His immediate family lives in the states of Washington and Ohio. One of the things that drew John to Central Pennsylvania was a love of the outdoors. He and his family enjoy hiking, mountain biking and all types of skiing. He also enjoys hunting and fishing.

John volunteers with charities that include the Diabetes Association, Arthritis Foundation and American Cancer Society. He taught a broadcast course for the Penn State College of Communications. One of his favorite pastimes is watching good movies. Some of his favorites include Pulp Fiction, Caddyshack, and Saving Private Ryan.


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