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Columbus religious leader, former news anchor will deliver autumn commencement address in virtual ceremony Dec. 13

Jerry Revish’s television career spanned four decades

Ohio State University President Kristina M. Johnson today announced that the university will hold a virtual autumn commencement on Sunday, Dec. 13. Approximately 3,500 graduates will be honored during the ceremony, which begins at 2 p.m.

The speaker will be Jerry Revish, a former television news anchor for WBNS-TV who retired last November after 45 years in the business.

Revish and his wife Danielle are ordained ministers who created their own church called Unity Temple Church of God in Christ in the South side of Columbus in May 2011.

“I am thrilled that Pastor Revish accepted our invitation to deliver the autumn commencement address,” Johnson said. “His decades as a leader in the newsroom and throughout central Ohio give him a unique vantage point from which to inspire and encourage our graduates as they embark on the next phase of their lives.”

Because of continued precautions regarding large gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event will be livestreamed and no graduates will be physically present.

Revish is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, where he got his start in broadcasting at WBBW Radio. Revish and Danielle, also a fashion show producer and image consultant, have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Revish’s reporting skills have taken him around the world. He was the first Columbus TV reporter to go to Saudi Arabia to cover the Persian Gulf War. He has reported from Haiti, Barbados, South Africa, Bosnia, Bahrain, Cuba and Japan. Major stories he covered include national political conventions, Ohio State University bowl games, the dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, the Lucasville State Prison Riot, the September 11th terrorist attack and interviewing President Barack Obama.

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