Dennis Owens

Since 1993, Dennis has been a part of the ABC27 team and he’s played many roles at the station. He began as a weekend sports anchor at WHTM under legendary Sports Director, Gregg Mace. In that position, he reported on Super Bowls, World Series, Bowl Games, NASCAR races, baseball’s Spring Training, and Penn State football. But he’s most proud of co-creating Friday Night Football, a show that celebrated its 25th year in 2021. The show continues to showcase High School athletes, cheerleaders and bands that make Friday nights special across Central Pennsylvania.

In 1999, Dennis switched to news and co-anchored Live at Five, which spotlighted his ability to connect with viewers and the community. Whether it was jumping out of airplanes, attending the local fair, or learning to make Easter eggs, Dennis’ warmth and personality and his love of the Midstate were always on display.

Dennis also answered the call to the anchor desk. First with Valerie Pritchett at 7 p.m. and then Alicia Richards at 6 p.m.

Dennis is also a passionate story teller and journalist. He has been nominated for more than 70 Regional Emmy Awards, winning 15, including Best Anchor in the Mid-Atlantic Region. He has also won the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting on the influence of lobbyists in Harrisburg.

He is a familiar face at the State Capitol and one of the most respected television reporters on that beat. His state government reports appear daily on Nexstar owned stations across the commonwealth. He is also the host and co-producer of This Week in Pennsylvania, the only statewide political talk show in Pennsylvania. His guests include, governors, senators, congressmen and women, and a who’s-who of political powerbrokers in Pennsylvania. 

Dennis is a Philadelphia native and LaSalle University graduate. The eternal optimist, he is a proud fan of Philly sports, as painful as that can be. He and his family reside in Cumberland County, outside Harrisburg.

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