Roger Lohse is an award-winning reporter who came to Local 10 in March of 2003 after nearly ten years sharpening his skills in some of the most beautiful and exciting news markets in the country.
Roger began his career at KULR-TV in Billings, Montana where he worked as weekend anchor/reporter, learned to fly fish and became very comfortable in long johns.
He moved to KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he also worked as weekend anchor/reporter, learned to snowboard and became proficient driving the icy switch backs of the Rocky Mountains. There he won an Edward R. Murrow Regional Award and Colorado Broadcaster's Association Award for "Best Spot News" Coverage.
Roger returned to Florida in May of 2000 as a general assignment reporter at WFTV in Orlando, where he was thrilled that he no longer had to scrape ice off the windshield in the morning.
During his career, Roger has covered many national and regional stories, including the Columbine High School shootings, the FBI/Freeman standoff and the release of wolves into Yellowstone National Park.
During the Presidential Election of 2000, he spent several weeks reporting the developments from West Palm Beach and Tallahassee.
He covered the crash that killed NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt and the launch and fatal return of the Space Shuttle Columbia. In fact, he sat down with the Columbia crew for one-on-one interviews at the Johnson Space Center before their mission.
Roger also covered the high-profile death of Anna Nicole Smith and the child custody saga that followed.
At Local 10, he's been recognized twice by the South Florida Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
In 2005, Roger won a Sunshine State Award in the National Security Reporting category for his story on a major security lapse at a local airport.
In 2008, he won first place Investigative Reporting for his series exposing the contradictions between state and local laws that force convicted sex offenders to live under bridges at night, yet allow them to roam the streets during the day.
Roger was live on the air inside the eye of Hurricane Jeanne. He's been through several hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards and brush fires with a microphone in his hand.
Roger is proud to be a native of South Florida. He grew up in Hallandale Beach and attended the University of Florida. He lives in Hollywood with his wife and two sons.
E-mail Roger here.