Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Education: The Pennsylvania State University
Current Position/Job Duties: Chief Investigative Reporter
Previous Work Experience: Ron’s journalism career began as a general assignment reporter for the Charleston, West Virginia “Daily Mail." He also worked at WAVE-TV in Louisville, Kentucky, at KRON-TV in San Francisco, California and KPRC-TV in Houston, Texas.
Joined NewsChannel 5: 1999
Memorable Stories: He has twice been honored as Best Investigative Reporter in Ohio by the Associated Press, most recently after freeing a Cleveland man who unjustly served 16 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.
Ron's groundbreaking reports often earn nationwide recognition, have prompted both criminal and civil investigations, and have even resulted in the changing of laws. One award-winning investigation exposed widespread construction defects inside a major nuclear power plant, prompting both congressional hearings and ultimately the plant’s closure.
The Ohio Drug Donation Law was signed after Ron’s investigation into the dumping of million of dollars in medication that could be used by the sick and dying.
Area highways are safer after Ron exposed the danger of road reflectors prompting an ODOT internal review.
Exposing a defect in the Pontiac GTO resulted in a call for a federal, nationwide safety recall.
His investigative reporting was awarded a National Headliner award for exposing how the finances of a local hospital, serving one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods, were plundered by a for-profit hospital chain.
While in Texas, Ron was honored with the prestigious “Texas Headliner Award” following a documentary honoring the lives of American servicemen killed in action during the Vietnam War.
More recently, the Disabled American Veterans Association honored Ron with its highest award for civilian service in military coverage for exposing fraudulent fund raising tactics by a charity claiming to serve veterans.
Other Awards/Honors: Ron has won more than 20 national, regional and state awards for his investigations.
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences/Lower Great Lakes Chapter has awarded Ron with nine Emmy awards, including Best Reporter, Best Enterprise Reporting and Best General Assignment Report.
He is a recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for his investigative reporting on Cleveland’s blackout.
Regan received the Society of Professional Journalists award for Best Investigative Report in 2002.
News Philosophy: Pursuing investigations that contribute to positive change in our community.
Role Model: My father.
Favorite Sports Team(s): Browns, Indians, Cavs.
Favorite Music: Country.
Favorite Movie: A Few Good Men.
Favorite Program: 60 Minutes.
Favorite Book: John Adams.
Favorite Food: Steak.
Family: Wife and two sons.
My passion: Reporting.
Hobbies & Interests: Travel and the beach.
Hidden Talent(s): So hidden I can’t find them.
Something most people don't know about me: Ron studied theology. Ron was the first reporter to break the story of a Texas cheerleader mother who wanted to give her daughter the best shot at making the squad, by allegedly killing off the competition. The story went national and Ron played himself in the television movie, "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom."
What I like best about Northeast Ohio: The People
You're most likely to see me around town at: Marcellito’s.
On the weekends I love to: Walk.
Additional Info: Married the most wonderful woman in world.
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Ron's Latest Stories
A serial rapist was sentenced Wednesday to at least 30 years in prison after DNA evidence was obtained from rape kits that sat untested for 20 years.
An exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation has found hundreds of schools across Ohio fail to comply with state law requiring school safety plans.
On Your Side
One year after a high-speed Cleveland police chase, questions remain about how the chase ended with a shootout that left two unarmed people dead.
A Five On Your Side investigation uncovers numerous complaints about serious mistakes made by contractors working for Safeguard Properties.