Ben Hoover

Email Ben

Evening Anchor

Ben Hoover began his television career while in college as a weekend assignment editor at the CBS affiliate in Cincinnati, WKRC-TV.

After graduation he interned at CNN in Atlanta before taking his first fulltime job as an associate producer at the CBS affiliate in Macon, WMAZ-TV. He was quickly promoted to producer, then reporter, and then morning anchor. Ben made his way to South Carolina by way of WHNS-TV, the FOX affiliate in Greenville.

While in the Upstate, he helped launch the station‘s first morning news program as co-anchor. Most recently, Ben spent 6 years at the NBC affiliate in Columbia. As a prime time anchor of three newscasts and host of a Sunday morning local version of Meet the Press, Ben anchored coverage of the Mark Sanford affair scandal, the GOP‘s First in the South Presidential Primary, and the inauguration of South Carolina‘s first woman and minority elected to the Governor‘s office.

Along the way he’s interviewed the likes of Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, and Nikki Haley.

Ben delivers speeches and hosts events and fundraisers for the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, South Carolina Hospital Association, Association of Fundraising Professionals, Home Builders Association, and The Junior League of Columbia.

Ben earned a BFA in Electronic Media from the University of Cincinnati‘s College-Conservatory of Music. He is a proud recipient of the electronic media division‘s Frederic Ziv Award for outstanding achievement in telecommunications.

Awards: * SC Associated Press, Best Health Report, 2011 * SC Associated Press, Best Environmental Report, 2009 * SC Associated Press, Best Investigative Report, 2008


Roof Competency Hearing Resumes Tuesday

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO-TV) -- No decision was issued in Monday's competency hearing for the Eastover man charged in the shooting deaths of nine worshipers at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. A release from the U.S.… continue reading ›

LATEST: Slager and Roof Trials

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO-TV) -- The prosecution is wrapping up its case in the murder trial of Michael Slager. Prosecutors have called nearly 30 witnesses. The case being argued in a Charleston courtroom centers on the shooting… continue reading ›

Recreation Commission Board Member Resigns

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO-TV) -- A member of Richland County's embattled Recreation Commission is resigning. Word of Wilbert Lewis' resignation comes days before a scheduled public hearing. Lewis has been a board member since 2007.… continue reading ›