Aaron Bennett for the past several weeks has shown he is as versatile a television broadcaster as there is. A member of the WCIA-3 sports department for nine years, the Pleasant Plains native moved over to fill in as a news anchor alongside Jennifer Roscoe upon the departure of Dave Benton and the show hasn’t missed a beat.
Aaron is a University of Missouri grad (we won’t hold that against him) who returned to his native state to join the WCIA team in 2006. He and wife of seven years, Stephanie, have two children: Brooklynn, 3, and Brayden, who was born in February. In his free time, Aaron enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports and relaxing.
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A: It has been an honor to be chosen to fill in on the anchor desk during a difficult time of transition for our station. While I’m still not sure if the news anchor job will be my permanent destination (or if I’ll return to the sports desk), it has been a blast to serve our community in a new way. Jennifer has welcomed me with open arms, and she has been awesome to work with.
A: It’s been a tough time as you can imagine, but we’ve all been inspired by the way Dave lived his life — especially the final few months. It has been great to feel the overwhelming response from our viewers, and there’s no doubt that has helped us through this time.
A: I got to work with Dave for nearly nine years, and he taught me so much about this business. I’ll miss his positive attitude, professionalism, selflessness, and the way he remained strong while fighting cancer down to the final days.
A: The transition has been even smoother than I could have hoped for. The biggest difference is going from being on TV for 6 minutes a day to now being on TV for two hours a day. I also miss covering our area athletes and attending sporting events.
A: I never comprehended what it would be like to be a father until my oldest child Brooklynn was born. Our lives and priorities immediately changed. The opportunities to raise children and teach them about the world is a challenge and a responsibility that I look forward to every day.
A. “Can’t Fight this Feeling” by REO Speedwagon. I’ve always been an REO fan, and that’s one song I can’t help but sing anytime it’s on the radio.
A. I would have to say Taste of C-U is my favorite event. I love to go with my family, walk around the park and sample all the area restaurants.
A. My ideal Father’s Day would be taking my family to lunch and then spending the day at a baseball game. We especially enjoy going to St. Louis Cardinals and Peoria Chiefs games.
A. I almost made it to the national spelling bee in fourth and fifth grades. I competed in the regional spelling bee, but fell short of my ultimate goal.