The Houston Press Club, the Emmy awards, the Society of Professional Journalists, the RIAS Berlin International Commission, the Texas, Ohio and Indiana Associated Press, the Gracie Awards, Clarion Awards and RTDNA have all honored Dobbyn for her outstanding journalistic merits. She also received RTDNA's Sherlee Barish Award given to a journalist who shows great promise in her rookie year as a reporter.
Prior to her arrival in Houston, Christine served as reporter and back-up anchor at WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate and number one station in Columbus, Ohio. While there, she reported on major stories including the Columbus Highway Shooter, September 11 crash of Flight 93 in Somerset County, Pa., John Glenn's Return from Space Homecoming, controversial issues involving Ohio State University athletics, and the WW II Memorial Dedication in Washington D.C. Dobbyn also interviewed President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry numerous times during the 2004 U.S. Presidential campaign. She even landed an exclusive with George W. Bush, and wife Laura, during the 2000 Presidential campaign.
A Ball State University telecommunications graduate, she was named Graduate of the Last Decade in 1999. Always enhancing her reporting abilities, Christine is a graduate of the Poynter Institute and she spent two weeks in Europe after being selected for the RTDNA-RIAS German Journalist Exchange Program.
Christine started her professional broadcasting career at WEHT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Evansville, Indiana. At WEHT, she served the station as reporter and back-up anchor and covered major stories including the Heath High School shooting in Paducah, Ky., and the 1997 Ohio River flood, earning the station an Indiana Associated Press award.
An accomplished singer and dancer, Christine sang her way to the finals of Miss Indiana. She has also held titles of Indianapolis 500 Princess, Miss Indianapolis, and Miss Heart of Indiana.
In her spare time, Christine enjoys traveling, spending time with family and running as she has finished five half-marathons (including two Indy 500 Festival Mini-Marathons and two Houston Aramco Half-Marathons). In 2015 Christine rode in her first BP MS 150 charity ride from Houston to Austin. She reported live on the bike from the course and raised money for the cause. Leading up to the ride she worked on a series of reports about MS including interviewing Eyewitness News anchor Melanie Lawson and country music singer Clay Walker. The veteran reporter says it's one of the projects she is most proud of. She can also be found on weekends at many community events and says meeting people and making a difference in the world is the best part of the job!
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