Doug Adair Biography, Age, Career, Family, and Awards

Doug Adair Biography

Doug Adair is an American television news anchor and journalist who has worked in the Cleveland, Colombus, and Dayton Ohio markets. His works in the news television industry have garnered him a number of awards and honors as well as prominence. He started off his career in the early 1950s in Dayton, Ohio.

Doug Adair’s Age

He has been in journalism and television for over 65 years now and has garnered prominence over his career. He was born in the county seat of Greene County called Xenia in Ohio, United States. As of 2018, he is 89 years old.

Doug Adair’s Family

He has been married three separate times. In his first marriage, he, and his then-wife bore three children. His second marriage was to his former colleague named Mona Scott. In this marriage, he got two stepchildren. Lastly, h got married to a former Roman Catholic nun named Jean. The couple is still together till date and they reside in the Dublin, Ohio area after many years in marriage.

Doug Adair’s Career

He started as a journalist in Dayton in the early ’50s. Some years later, he moved to Cleveland and joined WJW-TV, an affiliate to CBS as a reporter and news anchor. In 1964, he was paired with Joel Daly and together they co-anchored City Camera News, the first two-man television newscast in Cleveland. City Camera News equipped reporters with Polaroid instant cameras, allowing them to take pictures that can be used on the air. Around 1968, the two reporters got jobs at WLS-TV in Chicago. Joel Daly accepted the job whereas Doug Adair was inclined to stay in Cleveland.
During his time in WLS-TV in Cleveland, he had worked with notable people like the radio and television personality, horror host, and announcer Ernie Anderson, legendary Cleveland meteorologist Dick Goddard, and the duo, Bob “Hoolihan” Wells and “Big Chuck” Schodowski. He left WJW-TV and joined NBC News in 1970 as a co-anchor for the evening news program at WKYC-TV. Here, he worked with notable news anchors like Virgil Dominic, Dave Patterson, and Judd Hambrick. He also met the future Today Show meteorologist Al Roker; and Mona Scott, a reporter-turned-weathercaster-turned anchor who he later married.
He next moved to Colombus in 1983 to take on a role as an anchor for WCMH-TV, Colombus’ NBC affiliate. Several months later, he was joined by Mona Scott and they began an on-air partnership that pushed forward WCMH’s evening newscasts to becoming the most-watched in Columbus. However, in 1990, the couple got divorced both on and off-air. He kept working at WCMH for four years after the divorce then retired from TV news. Two years before his retirement, he was inducted into the Broadcasters hall of fame in 1992.

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Doug Adair’s Awards and Honors

He has received a number of awards and honors for his various works in television news. Some of them are:

  • Best TV News Writer by the state of Ohio.
  • The Distinguished Service Award of the Society of Professional Journalists.
  • The National Faith and Freedom Award from Religious Heritage of America for his work on The Crisis in Christianity
  • The Catholic Church’s National Gabriel Award for his work on The Crisis in Christianity
  • Named as Cleveland’s Outstanding Citizen by the Holy Name Society
  • First Bishop’s Award of the Episcopal Church due to his massive efforts on behalf of needy children in Cleveland and his “Clothes for Christmas Campaign.”