As anchor of WLWT’s News 5 Today, Todd Dykes is caught up on local news long before most of us hear that weekday wake-up alarm.
Another way to put it: Being emcee of the 2007 Athena Awards Luncheon will feel more like a dinner engagement to him.
Living and working in the Tristate for more than five years, Dykes says he’s thrilled with his job, even though it mean waking up at 1:30 in the morning to prepare for the News Today’s two-hour broadcast.

Other than that news edge he gets every work morning, Dykes wants viewers to know how much he respects the ability of journalism to empower the powerless.

Dykes joined the WLWT team in March 2002 as a reporter after working for top-rated stations in Bowling Green and Lexington, Ky., and in Colorado Springs, Colo. In October 2003, he was named co-anchor of News 5 Today, and now works alongside Lisa Cooney, Eric Green and Pete Scalia.

A native of Ashland, Ky., Dykes graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in broadcasting and a minor in English.
During his 12-year career, Dykes has covered a variety of stories, including the deployment of U.S. troops to Iraq, interviews with newsmakers and politicians, coverage of the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaigns, a one-on-one meeting with First Lady Laura Bush, and sit-downs with numerous entertainers including blues legend Bo Diddley (Tall Stacks 2004) and bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe.
Outside of work, Dykes and his wife, Jesse, support local charities and non-profit groups. At home, he enjoys listening to music on the back porch and playing with his two dogs, Vivi and Buddy. He also likes to read about current events and browse the web for news about his favorite sports teams: the Reds, the Bengals and the UK Wildcats. And if you want to know what’s on his mind beyond those daily broadcasts, you can check his News 5 Today Breakfast Blog (