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Ben Manning

Ben Manning is a General Assignment Reporter for WTAJ News. He covers a variety of topics for WTAJ, mainly covering stories for the evening and late night newscasts.
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Ben started at WTAJ as the Morning News Producer in February 2005. He started doing live reports on WTAJ News this Morning about six months later. In 2007 he moved to dayside and started producing and reporting. Ben currently  reports during the evening and late night newscasts.

Ben married Cathy, an Altoona native, in June 2009. He grew up in the Cincinnati area. He attended college at Morehead State University in Kentucky where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in three and a half years. While there he worked in radio and television news and spent his summers interning at WLWT-TV and WKRC-TV in Cincinnati.

Ben views the news as a calling and believes in the responsibility of reporting the truth and keeping the public informed. Ben and Cathy currently live in Hollidaysburg. When Ben's not at work he enjoys reading and watching all genres of movies, his favorite is Casablanca. He loves to cook and enjoys trying new recipes, but enjoys coming up with his own even more.

Email Ben with your story idea or news tip.

Get to Know Ben

What are your favorite TV shows? 
Family Guy, Burn Notice, Firefly

What are your favorite movies?
Casablanca, Pulp Fiction, Serenity

What websites do you visit the most? 
IMDB.com and WeAreCentralPA.com

What is your favorite restaurant? 
Vito's in Cresson, PA

If you could interview anyone in history, who would it be? 
Benjamin Franklin

What is one thing on your bucket list? 
World Travel

What is one thing about you most people would be surprised by?
My favorite vacation was a family trip to Ireland.

What are your favorite sports teams? 
The Ohio State University Buckeyes Football

What is your favorite hobby? 
Watching Movies and reading comic books

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? 
Still a reporter telling great stories

What was your most memorable interview/weather event/sporting event? 
Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, (he shot down a toxic satellite for NASA in 2008

What was your first job? 
Manual Labor, Farm Work
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