PIQUA — Edison State Community College presented Steve Baker, WHIO-TV’s Northern Bureau chief, with an honorary degree of associate of humanities during the college’s 41st annual spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13.
Having attended Edison State in the mid-70’s, Baker was presented with the honorary degree in recognition of his significant contributions to the College, the State of Ohio, and attainment of eminence in his professional field.
An expert in the fields of journalism and news coverage, Baker began his career in Piqua at a local radio station in 1970. In 1980, he began reporting for Channel 7 news in Miami, Darke, Shelby, Mercer, and Auglaize counties as a “one-man band,” which is how he continues to work today.
Dr. Doreen Larson, president of Edison State, commended Baker for his dedication to his work. “Steve’s ability to capture the real-life stories as they relate to our area have garnered him accolades and respect from peers around,” she said.
Baker is a Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductee and has received numerous awards, including the National Leadership Award, Troy Jaycees Outstanding Young Man of the Year, and commendations from the Ohio News Photographers Association.
“When it comes to outstanding journalism, Steve rises to the top and is head and shoulders above the rest,” Larson added.
Steve is married to his wife, Marty, and together they have two grown children and four grandchildren.