Todd Connor

Q: Why did you decide to pursue television news as a career?
A: I was already working as a sports reporter for my high school and hometown newspaper when my English teacher told me I had a good voice and should consider radio or television.  It's often that little push from a teacher that leads us down our career path, and so here I am.  Thank you teach!

Q: What was your first job?
A: First job was mowing my neighbors' lawns and shoveling driveways, but first REAL job was news director (I was the only news staff) at a small Illinois radio station. My glamorous life consisted of working 60-80 hours a week and living above an auto parts store.

Q: What is on your DVR?
A: JFK assassination documentaries, newscasts and news magazine shows, Lord of the Rings trilogy, Teen Beach Movie, Finding Bigfoot, Saturday Night Live and Zero Dark Thirty. (ok, some are for my kids) 

Q: What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
A: It has to be spending time with my kids, because I don't get to see them much during the week, except for summer, of course.

Q: Favorite restaurant in Indy?
A: Hard to pick just one and my goal is to always try a new one when we go out. 

Q: Most challenging part of your job?
A: To always be "camera ready" even when I'm not feeling it. Also, to keep on top of all the stories the RTV6 team is covering. The key is you have to know a little bit about everything that's going on in central Indiana, and the world for that matter.

Q: Most memorable story you ever covered?
A: It has to be 9-11. I was walking our dog in New York City when the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. I ran to our rooftop and saw it burning before racing into work at FOX News Channel.

Q: Favorite book, movie?
A: My favorite books are biographies and non-fiction.  And nothing beats a good comedy when it comes to movies.

Q: What’s on your iPod?
A: If only I had one! I'm a Top 40 fan when I'm working out. I like Jimmy Buffett, James Taylor and John Mayer, too, and typically get my music from local stations and satellite.

Q: What is something that would surprise people about you?
A:  That I have a tattoo? (from my college days)

Q: Best advice you ever got?
A: Simple, just work hard and it'll pay off.

Q: Favorite vacation spot?
A: Anywhere with my family, a beach and warm weather!

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: We love our two dogs. We got Indy from an Indiana greyhound rescue organization and we rescued our schnauzer mix, Edgar, from the Indy Humane Society.

Q: When I am not at work I am…
A: …working on the "honey-do list, hanging out with my family and trying to keep fit.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?
A: Bad drivers

Q: What advice would you give someone to get into business?
A: Learn to write well and learn to write well.  That's important regardless of whether you want to be on camera or behind the scenes.

Q: When you have visitors to Indy, where do you take them?
A: If they're young families, we always like to hit the Children's Museum and the Indianapolis Zoo.

Q: Do you have a favorite cause/charity?
A: I like to say I support the Girl Scouts because I buy so many of their cookies, but I try and help out whenever an opportunity comes along.  Fortunately, my job allows me to be involved in many needy causes. 

Q: When was the last time you tried something new?
A: Nothing too crazy, but I’ve been experimenting with new dishes in the kitchen and so far everything's been edible -- very therapeutic.

Q: What electronic gadget can you not live without?
A: It's gotta be my smartphones.

Q: What is the hardest thing you have ever had to do?
A: Putting down two of our sick dogs. Can't imagine ever having to make that decision with a human life, as so many others have done with family members.

Q: What is the scariest thing you have ever done?
A: One of the scariest things was going into a war zone for the first time. My news crew and I had just arrived at the Iraq border for our 8-hour drive to Baghdad. We were met by our security team who would escort us in. One guard walked up to me, and without saying anything, wrote "A+" on the front of my bullet proof vest. I looked down and without giving it much thought said, "What’s that?" He said, "Your blood type."  Oh. (by the way, did I say I have great respect for our military members and first responders?)

Q: Did you have a mentor in your career?
A: I always looked up to Walter Cronkite.

Q: If you weren't in your current profession, what would you be doing?
A: I would love to be playing for the St. Louis Cardinals or driving for IndyCar or NASCAR, but I also enjoy photography.

Q: If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
A: I would NOT say it wouldn't change me, because I'm pretty sure it would… hopefully in a positive way.

Q: If you could witness any event, past or present what would it be?
A: The building of the Great Pyramid of Giza, followed by the moon landing and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
 

Todd Connor is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winning reporter and anchors the 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts for RTV6.

Todd’s career as a TV journalist started in Indiana and his reporting took him to all parts of the state.  In 1996, he was offered a job in New York, where he spent 14 years as an anchor/correspondent with FOX News and ABC News.

Todd is one of the founding anchors of FOX News Channel, where he covered many of the biggest stories nationally and internationally and interviewed some of the top newsmakers.  Todd also worked for ABC’s World News Now and Good Morning America Weekend.

His assignments have taken him around the United States and from Iraq, Israel & Italy, to Egypt, England and Jordan.

Among the stories he covered:  the Iraq War, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, London Bus Bombings, Pope John Paul II, Super Bowl, MLB Steroid Scandal, Quecreek Mine Rescue, Princess Diana's Crash, Mike Tyson Rape Trial and numerous hurricanes and natural disasters.

"And we all remember where we were on 9-11, when the terrorists struck. I’ll never forget being on the rooftop of my Manhattan apartment building where I saw the North Tower burning. Then, it was a race to get into work.”

Todd returned to Indiana in 2010 to be closer to family and is happy to be a Hoosier again. He and his wife, Sheryl Matthys, a native Hoosier, live in Hamilton County along with their two young children and two rescue dogs.

Before Todd headed to the East Coast, he spent many years working in South Bend, Terre Haute and Louisville. Todd was born and raised in Illinois and graduated from Eastern Illinois University.

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