Rich Wandover (Chief)
Mr. Wandover is a native of Western New York and has been working in broadcasting for two decades. He began his career covering community affairs and sports for the cable access station based out of the vocational center he attended while in high school. He continued his studies and his career at Ashland University and worked in radio and television while attending college.
After college, he moved to Augusta, Georgia and WRDW-TV. As a full time Staff Photographer, he covered many crime stories, accidents and fire scenes. He continued his career in Columbia at WLTX-TV. While there, he was promoted to Assistant Chief Photographer. After a brief stay in the upstate at WHNS-TV in Greenville, Rich Wandover returned to the capitol city and went to WIS-TV, covering many of the largest events in recent history: the Graniteville train accident, plane crashes, political changeovers, and the funeral services of Strom Thurmond, covering events live on location and from the air. While at WIS, he worked on the assignment desk and in the field and oversaw the news fleet including microwave trucks and other news gathering equipment.
After 5 years with WIS, he accepted the Chief Photojournalist position at WOLO-TV, ABC Columbia, managing all technical operations of the newsroom and overseeing a staff of news photographers. He also develops and maintains external contacts for the newsroom. He believes that strong relationships add to the credibility and completeness of any news story. Mr. Wandover has shared his experience with law enforcement professionals and students of all ages.
Mr. Wandover currently resides in West Columbia with his wife and two children.