ALUMNA IS FACE OF 13 NEWS IN TOLEDO
PHOTOS: In Mansfield, Ohio, in August 2012, President Obama granted Larson a five-minute interview. She was the only television reporter in the state to interview him one-on-one. Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon in 2010 with Lee Conklin, which Larson has hosted for nearly 30 years. News team of Susan Ross Well, Lee Conklin, Diane Larson and Stan Stachak pose for a photo on Stan's last day as chief meteorologist.
| by Kaila Johnson, ’13
The producer begins the countdown…3, 2, 1.
“Good evening. I’m Diane Larson.”
This is the way TV-13 ABC news anchor Diane Larson has started the newscast for the past 29 years.
“Wow, I can’t even believe it’s been that long,” Larson said.
Originally from Canton, Ohio, she chose to do her undergraduate work at BGSU. “I knew BG had a journalism program and that I didn’t want to go to a school so close to home,” Larson said.
At BGSU, Larson worked in catering as a waitress to help pay for her education. “I remember one time I got one of my girlfriends a job,” Larson said. “I told her it was easy money. All you had to do was put the plates on the tables and work around athletes.”
Larson wasn’t only a student and waitress; she was also an intern at 24 WDHO-TV. “At my internship I was actually on-air reporting stories for a live show,” Larson said.
The station manager trusted her so much she was given the opportunity to go to Knoxville, Tenn., to report on the World’s Fair. “I think it was just me and a photographer who drove down the day of and covered the fair, then drove right back the day of,” she said.
Reporting on the World’s Fair was a huge responsibility. “I had to miss classes, and I remember my teachers being so understanding because they knew how serious this opportunity was,” Larson said.
Following her success as an intern, the station hired Larson full time after graduation. She stayed there for two years.
In 1984, Larson officially became part of 13 ABC’s news team.
“Working with Diane is a treat,” fellow anchor Lee Conklin said. “She is a dedicated journalist who is all about the facts. She has an incredibly quick wit and is someone I and the television audience can truly trust.”
Though viewers see her face every weekday at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m., there is a lot more that goes into her job.
Larson explained: “My day starts at around 2:30 p.m. I am putting news briefs together, debriefing reporters, making calls own my own to fact check, and then I anchor the 5 and 6 o’clock show. After that I have a dinner break, come back, read over my scripts, look over reporters’ scripts, post stuff on the Web and finally anchor the 11 o’clock newscast.”
Larson’s dedication extends to the community. She participates in several foundations such as Adopt America, Taste of the Nation, and Milestone luncheon hosted by YWCA.
“This community has been so kind to me,” Larson said. “I feel like it is my obligation to give back.”