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Best of 2012: Personalities

Personalities

 

Afternoon/Evening DJ
Greg Roche
DC 101, 101.1 FM
@rocheonair
Greg Roche puts his own unique stamp on radio each weekday. A Philadelphia native (he’s open about his Phillies fandom), he’s been at DC 101 for a decade and counting.

Roche mixes rock music with cultural tidbits like Beer of the Day, for which he samples a new brew every afternoon at 4:40 p.m. on-air. Ever wonder if disc jockeys tire of hearing even their favorite songs? Roche, a Pearl Jam aficionado, says no.

 

Traffic Reporter
Lisa Baden
Good Morning Washington, WJLA7, 99.1 & 105.1 FM
In her 20 years as traffic maven, Lisa Baden has seen plenty of nightmare jams—from the D.C. sniper and 9/11 to the Halloween when a prankster hung a dummy from a sign on I-95. Her advice for those who must travel during rush hour: Make it a Friday morning. But always prepare. “You want to remember two things,” she says. “Full tank; empty bladder.” The charming Baden continues to reach us on TV.

 

Columnist
Sandra Oulmas
Washington Examiner
Sandra Oulmas devotes most of her time to spa and skin treatment center Medi-Aesthetique, which also made our list for best laser hair removal. But that doesn’t stop her from writing a regular beauty and skin health column for Examiner.com. “[The column] was a way for me to inform people,” she says. “It’s challenging, but I actually use my work [at Medi-Aesthetique] to write my articles, based on experiences.”

 

Professional Coach
Dale Hunter
Washington Capitals
The Washington Capitals are the Metro-D.C. area’s only perennial contenders lately. So, it’s no surprise the Caps’ helmsman, Hunter, is our best professional coach. His legendary status as a former Capital—his No. 32 jersey is retired—only endears him to us more. His first, and only, season (Hunter resigned from the position two days after the Caps were eliminated from the playoffs) had its ups and downs. But his leaving is due to wanting to spend more time with his family, something we can’t complain about.

 

Real Estate Agent
Clark Smith
The Gold Group & Associates
Smith has been a Northern Virginia resident since 1987—right when the area’s housing market started rocketing into the stratosphere. He’s seen it all in Loudoun County, his specialty area, and he continues to be the go-to source for Ashburn’s ever-changing real estate scene. He sees positive signs for the future, too. “I definitely think [the housing market] is recovering,” he says.

 

Evening Female News Anchor
Doreen Gentzler, NBC4
weekdays at 6 & 11 p.m.
@DoreenGentzler
Wife, mother and Emmy-award winner Doreen Gentzler seems to do it all. A native-Arlingtonian, Gentzler moved back to the area after stints in Philadelphia, Cleveland and Charlotte, and says that she is here to stay. For 23 years, she has been one of the faces of NBC4’s news team and heads up the station’s health coverage. She is also spokesperson for NBC4’s Health and Fitness Expo.

 

Evening Male News Anchor
Jim Vance
NBC4, weekdays at 6 & 11 p.m.
@jimvance4
A staple of the Washington news circuit, Jim Vance has been covering the region since 1965. He’s won 19 Emmy Awards, has been inducted into the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame (Vance was one of the first African-American news anchors), and has been named a “Best of NoVA” personality for four years. But it is not only his face on the small screen that gives him credence; Vance has also played himself in the movies “State of Play” (2009) and “The Event” (2010).

 

Morning Male News Anchor
Joe Krebs
NBC4 (retired)
@JoeKrebs4
Thirty-two years ago, Joe Krebs stepped into NBC4’s news hub and made a name for himself in the morning news industry. Over the years, he worked on such major stories as the Air Florida crash and trials of former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry and sniper John Muhammad. But the stories Krebs holds most dear to his heart are the cold cases he worked on: “The people allow you into their lives, and it is gratifying. They give you their trust to tell their story.” Now retired, Krebs plans on still being part of the community, but as a resident—bicycling, traveling with his wife, spending time with his family, and trying his hand at documentary narration and community theater.

 

Morning Female News Anchor
Eun Yang
NBC4, weekdays at 5 & 6 a.m.
@eunyangnbc
Given the opportunity to stay in Washington or move to New York City (the nation’s No. 1 news market), Eun Yang knew where she belonged and signed on with NBC4 as a reporter. Now a face of the morning news, Yang is living her dream. She thrives on the community in her reports. Says Yang: “It’s not about meeting the big names (although that is nice), but it’s about the people who touch [others’] lives with what they are doing.”

 

Sports Anchor
Dan Hellie
NBC4
@DanHellie
Since sitting in class on Career Day in eighth grade Dan Hellie knew he wanted to be a sports reporter, and he wanted to do it in Washington, D.C. He was hired on by George Michael in 2006, and became part of the news family he always admired, a “surreal experience,” he says. It is not the highlights of the games that pull at his interests but getting to know the players off the field. One of his all-time favorite gets for an interview: Art Monk; “he was my favorite player growing up.” Hellie can also be seen on Sports Final and Redskins Showtime on NBC4 and Capital Games on NBC Washington Nonstop.

 

Weatherman
Doug Hill
ABC7, weekdays at 5, 6 & 11 p.m.
@DougHillABC7
For almost 30 years, Doug Hill has brought the latest weather news to the D.C.-Metro region, and has been honored for it, receiving the Washington Emmy Award for broadcast excellence and the “Seal of Approval” from the American Meteorological Society. He works tirelessly updating residents on ABC7 News at 5, 6 and 11 p.m., as well as giving updates throughout the day on WTOP 103.5 FM.

 

Morning DJ
The Kane Show
HOT 99.5 FM, weekdays from 5:30 to 10 a.m.
@KaneShow
You may know them best for their quick wit and sometimes scandalous banter, and that is exactly what brings in the ratings for “The Kane Show.” Each morning, Kane, Sarah and Samy dissect the region through nighttime and relationship exploits (War of
the Roses) and dangle in massive amounts of their own personal drama (Natasha, Kane’s wife, even blogs on the show’s site).

 

Tweeter (tie)
@AskMissA
Thanks to the fashionable Miss A, aka Andrea Rodgers, Northern Virginia’s twitterverse is always kept in the loop with the latest events and style tips. Rodgers, also the publisher of the online women’s magazine Miss A, focuses on promoting a balance of both charity and style in her tweets. With almost 6,000 followers at time of print, @AskMissA covers everything from ways to help at-risk children in the community to swimsuit tips from who else than Victoria’s Secret supermodels.

@kstreetkate
Headed to the hottest event in the city? You’re likely to see Kate Michael there. As former Miss DC 2006, Michael is all about dishing where to go and what’s going on in the DMV. Recently named by In the Capital as one of D.C.’s top 10 social media influencers, @kstreetkate sure is a “Concierge of Capitol Cool.” Michael’s nearly 7,000 followers never miss a beat as she stylishly reports throughout the capital area wearing her cocktail dress, sky-high heels and a big smile, toting along a no-fail companion: her FlipCam.

 

Local politician
Frank Wolf
wolf.house.gov; @RepWOLFPress; Facebook: Congressman Frank Wolf
Boldly representing the 10th District of Virginia, Congressman Frank Wolf is now serving in his 17th term in Congress. From McLean to Winchester, Wolf fights to bring about change and find results that will greatly impact Northern Virginia: pushing for distance-pricing on the Dulles Greenway, aiding those in need through the School Food Recovery Act, and receiving outstanding ratings for his leadership with Open Doors USA, a bi-partisan international Christian ministry that calls for the preservation of religious freedom.

 

Musician
JunkFood
junkfoodmusic.com; @junkfoodmusic
This four-man Fairfax band—Dan Anderson with lead guitar, Van Swanson on bass, Jeff Essex on drums and Bart Harris as guitar-playing frontman—has been rocking throughout NoVA since coming together in 2000. Although they’ve had a change in their lineup over the years, their big rock band sound and high-energy delivery is unmistakably still there. From festivals to college bars and plenty of Northern Virginia watering holes, JunkFood has been there, played that. Their loud guitars and catchy riffs make them highly sought after, and hard to forget.

 

Athlete
Brooks Laich
Washington Capitals, Center
www.brookslaich.com; @washcaps
Brooksie, The Tire-Changer, Cougar Bait—call him what you will, but one thing’s for sure: Brooks Laich can play. And since being traded to the Washington Capitals in 2003, the 28-year-old center from Wawota, Saskatchewan, Canada, has developed quite the fan base. With the heart—and hockey stick—of a fighter, BL21 shrugs off injuries like a fly, reportedly forgoing the elevator for stairs while on crutches earlier this season. With his newly signed six-year contract to the Caps, fortunately, there’s a whole lotta Laich still to come.

 

BLOGGER (tie)
PWC Moms
Kristina Schnack Kotlu
pwcmoms.com; @pwcmoms
This blog serves as a platform through which Prince William County parents and families can connect. “I really want to foster an environment where readers feel supported and empowered with information,” says blogger Kristina Schnack Kotlus. “We live in a very transient area, and as a Prince William native I hope to be a resource for parents to jump in and feel connected to both our area and other parents.”

The Huffington Post
Randi Miller
huffingtonpost.com/randi-miller
You know her voice well—does “Step back … doors closing,” ring a bell? But did you know that Randi Miller, “Voice of Metro” since 2006, also relays her distinct voice through words? “I love to write. Words are a powerful and sometimes magical way to connect people who might not otherwise see any connection at all,” Miller says. “My blog is a family room where my readers and I can get together and examine what makes us … the same.”

Super NoVA Mommy
Micaela Williamson
supernovamommy.com; @Supernovamommy1
Local moms looking for ideas to keep their entire families fully entertained should look no further than Super NoVA Mommy. And, actually, the website could help them save money as well. “[The blog] is a resource of free and cheap children’s events and activities in the Northern Virginia area,” says blogger Micaela Williamson. “I hope my readers find fun, enriching local activities to do with their families and learn about the great resources, venues and people living in our region.”

 

INTERIOR DECORATOR
Andrea Olsen
Floor to Ceiling Interiors Inc.
703-978-0662; ftcinteriors.com; @DecoratingNoVA
“After working with Floor to Ceiling Interiors, my hope is [that] each client will learn to understand design rather than fear it,” says Olsen, the savvy interior designer who also took home Best of NoVA honors last year. “Our design process is seamless from start to finish, which is made easy by working within their busy schedule and within their budget. I also hope they come out with design knowledge, since I am a big believer in educating my clients about their design choices.” We don’t know about whether they score design knowledge but they’re big on kudos.

 

(June 2012)