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Lewis Dodley's career spans more than four decades. He entered the news business at the age of 17 at WCOL Radio in Columbus, Ohio. In less than a year, his work led to an offer to anchor the news at rival WBNS Radio, the number-one station in the market.

Having quickly learned the ropes, Dodley moved on to serve as afternoon drive anchor at the legendary WING in Dayton, and when the American hostages were taken in Iran, his professionalism was noticed by WSAI in Cincinnati. At WSAI he anchored and reported from the field, serving as point man for coverage of major stories like the Air Canada crash and the Who concert tragedy.

Dodley fell under the tutelage of the late Steve Douglas, whom Dodley credits with kindling his desire to work in television news.

Upon making the jump to TV, Dodley worked as a reporter for the Financial News Network, as well as a freelance writer for Financial World Magazine. Within months, WNET/THIRTEEN asked Dodley to anchor of a new-concept newscast called the "Bulldog Edition."

Dodley's four years of work at WNET caught the attention of Paul Sagan, who was in the process of starting New York City's first 24-hour television news station. In September of 1992, Sagan offered Dodley an anchor job and Dodley has been a NY1 mainstay ever since.

Dodley's education includes International Studies with emphasis on Latin America at the Ohio State University, Marketing at Capital University in Columbus, French at Sinclair Community College in Dayton and Mandarin Chinese at the China Institute in Manhattan.