MOUNT VERNON — Chuck Strickler, anchorman for WBNS 10TV, will serve as grand marshal for the 2010 Christmas Parade.
“We are thrilled to have Chuck in our parade this year,” said Kay Culbertson, News publisher. “His lively personality fits perfectly with the energy and excitement the parade generates.”
Strickler is an award-winning member of the 10TV News HD team, currently serving as weekday morning and noon anchor with Anietra Hamper.
Strickler is also the lead reporter for 10TVs “Consumer Ten” franchise. He has received numerous awards for his consumer reporting. The latest include a regional emmy and the Best Investigative award with the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists in 2009 for his investigative series called “Dirty Glasses.”
In 1998 and 2005, he received the Best Reporter award in Ohio from The Associated Press. He was also honored with the Ohio SPJ’s Best Reporter award for a large market television station in 1999, 2000 and 2003. He has received many other awards for news and feature reporting and anchoring during his 23-year broadcast journalism career.
Strickler was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He began his journalism career as a reporter at Penn State University’s Daily Collegian newspaper. After graduation, he got his start in television news at WVVA-TV 6 in Bluefield, W.Va. He has also worked at WOWK-TV in Charleston, W.Va., and KIII-TV3 in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Outside of work, Chuck is busy. He and his wife, Jojo, are the parents of two boys, Nikolas and Kristofer. Jojo is a pediatric dentist.
Besides loving to travel and speaking Spanish, Strickler is a big sports fan. He also likes to cook, eat and sing all types of music, especially barbershop harmony. Since arriving in Columbus, he has been a member of the Singing Buckeye Chorus. For the past several years, he has sung in the annual “Merry Go Round” fundraiser for the Columbus Childhood league, a volunteer group that supports a daycare center for mentally and physically challenged children.
The annual Christmas Walk will start at 1 p.m. that day and go until 5 p.m., when participates will congregate on Public Square for the traditional singing of Christmas carols.
The parade, with the theme “Candy Canes and Christmas Carols” will start at 2:30 p.m. from the staging area at United Precast Inc.
The parade entries will flow west on Howard Street, cross Gay Street, to South Main Street where it will travel northbound to Public Square where it will circle clockwise, head east and return to the staging area.
Those wishing to participate in the parade are encouraged to start dreaming up ideas for entries. High school marching bands are also encouraged to participate.