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Neil Zurcher
Born (1935-11-12) November 12, 1935 (age 85)
Occupationtelevision news, author

Neil Zurcher (born November 12, 1935) is a retired American television reporter for Fox-TV affiliate WJW-TV Channel 8 in Cleveland, Ohio. He is best known for his travel segment One Tank Trips.

Early life and career

Zurcher was born on November 12, 1935 in Henrietta, Ohio, near Oberlin. Zurcher joined the Marines and after being honorably discharged 1954, began working as a reporter for the Oberlin News-Tribune.[1] Seven years later Zurcher made the switch from print to broadcasting when he became a reporter for WEOL radio in Elyria, OH. During his time at the station he purchased a 16mm motion picture camera and began filming many of the stories he reported and sold the footage to WJW-TV in Cleveland. Zurcher became a full-time television reporter for WJW in 1967. He covered some of his biggest regional stories during the 1960s included the Palm Sunday tornado of 1965, the Kent State Vietnam War protests, and the 1968 Ohio Pen Riot. WJW observed Zurcher's retirement on November 22, 2016,[2] which coincided with WJW meteorologist Dick Goddard's retirement.

One Tank Trips

During the oil crisis of 1979 WJW created a temporary travel segment for the news. The series was hosted by Zurcher and was called "One Tank Trips." The segment was so popular with Northeast Ohio audiences it was extended for several months and then later became a regular part of the program for the next 25 years. One Tank Trips consisted of traveling destinations that Northeast Ohioans could visit on a single tank of gas. During his decades of travels Zurcher has driven more than million miles. Zurcher retired in 2004 but was asked to resume his One Tank Trips segment on the WJW show New Day Cleveland in 2012.[3] Zurcher retired again in 2016.[2] As of July 2020 the One Tank Trips segment continues as part of New Day Cleveland with the show's hosts replacing Zurcher.[4]


In 1995 Gray & Company, Publishers published the book One Tank Trips based on the reoccurring news segment. The book featured travel destinations in and around Ohio as well as stories from Zurcher's years on the road. Zurcher later authored several other books on Ohio travel and history such as Ohio Road Trips, Ohio Oddities, and Strange Tales from Ohio. In 2010 Gray & Company published his memoir Tales from the Road.

Awards, honors, accomplishments

Zurcher received the Distinguished Service award from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Silver Circle award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received an Emmy, the Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, and has been inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame. He was also inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received their "Living Legacy" award in 2007.


  • Tales from the Road (2009: ISBN 978-1-59851-064-5)
  • Ohio Road Trips (2009: ISBN 978-1-59851-057-7)
  • Ohio Oddities (2008: ISBN 978-1-59851-047-8)
  • Strange Tales from Ohio (2008: ISBN 978-1-59851-048-5)


  1. ^ Brown, Gary (20 July 2010). "The Monday After: Zurcher's 'Tales from the Road'". The Repository. Retrieved 18 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b Guenther, Samantha (November 22, 2016). "We celebrate Neil Zurcher's retirement!". WJW-TV. Retrieved November 23, 2016. It was a very special day here on New Day Cleveland. All hour-long, we celebrated Neil Zurcher’s retirement from Fox 8. After an impressive 54 years at the station, it’s not easy to say goodbye!
  3. ^ "About." Neil Zurcher's One Tank Trips.[self-published source]
  4. ^ "One Tank Trips". WJW-TV. Retrieved July 20, 2020.

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