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Xavier Magazine | September 23, 2017

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Role Model

Role Model
Caroline Purtell

Bob Herzog is a man of many roles, including husband, father, lawyer, TV reporter, wish-granting genie and Greek fable writer—some of which require a little more makeup than others. Herzog, who works for WKRC-TV in Cincinnati, also moonlights at the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and has appeared in shows such as “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” and “Aesop’s Fables.” “There’s something about that theater experience—the audience is right there so you can see and feel the reaction,” Herzog says. “It’s a little bit different than being in front of the camera.” Herzog initially toured for more than a year with ArtReach—now part of the Children’s Theatre—after he graduated from Xavier in 1996 with a degree in communications. But the road wasn’t suitable for family life. “It got to the point where I was getting married,” Herzog says. “It was a fun job, but I needed to start making money to support a family.” So, Herzog got a law degree and began doing probate work. However, he found that his heart was still in entertainment. Now Herzog’s day begins at 3:00 a.m. By 5:00 a.m., he’s delivering the morning traffic report. Afterward, he anchors an online news segment titled “The Cooler” and heads home around noon for a much-deserved nap and some playtime with his three children. At night, when most morning newscasters are heading to bed, he heads to rehearsal. His theater life, however, is starting to wind down again. “There’s too much going on,” he admits. Soon he’ll reprise a more familiar role—family man.

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