James McDowell was born in Columbus, Ohio, and has lived there for most of his life. However, he and his family did live in Georgia during his high school years.
James attended Mount Vernon Nazarene University, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Video and Radio Broadcasting. While there, he worked for the school’s FM radio station as an on-air DJ.
After graduating, he stayed in radio for a little while, working for a local radio station as their Sports Reporter. During that time, he got to interview Jack Nicklaus, Tony Stewart, and Urban Meyer.
Shortly after, he began working a combination of three jobs. His main job was as an Editor for WSYX in Columbus. On the side, he became a seasonal announcer for a racetrack called National Trail Raceway; and began announcing for pro wrestling organizations around the buckeye state.
James first became a Multimedia Journalist for WVVA in Bluefield, West Virginia, where he worked for a year. While in Bluefield, he covered a visit by President Trump, became the first journalist to go through a day of training with the State Police, and toured the largest division of the FBI.
James is excited to be part of the Wyoming News Now family, and this is his first time living west of the Mississippi River.
In his spare time, he likes to go out to eat, watch sports, go to church, and play video games.