Bobby Oler joined the Heart of Illinois team as their evening co-anchor in April 2018. The Gaithersburg, MD native is thrilled to make his home in Peoria.
Bobby worked at several stations across the country after graduating from American University. His career began in the 406 as the only television sports reporter in Butte, MT. He covered two NAIA college programs and several local schools before moving over to Bozeman to be the station’s weekend sports anchor. There, he covered rodeos, Montana State, and all kinds of off-the-beaten path outdoor sports that only the Treasure State could provide.
From there, he moved to Springfield, MO where his career took several turns. He began with KSPR and Ozarks Sports Zone as their weekend sports anchor and reporter. He covered the Valley’s Missouri State Bears as well as dozens of high school teams in the Ozarks. In 2015, Bobby was promoted to evening sports anchor, and covered the Kansas City Royals world championship parade – as well as countless state championships for the area’s local schools.
But, in 2017 he became a news reporter for KY3 in Springfield. He learned a lot in his time in the field, and it confirmed a growing belief that news was where he belonged. He still enjoys watching sports, but is driven to tell impactful stories that strengthen the community he serves. So, as he set out to find his chance to continue along this new path, he was lucky enough to find the team at Heart of Illinois. When he came over the hill on I-74 West towards the river, and saw the skyline at night, he was hooked.
When he’s off the desk, Bobby enjoys exercising, hiking, trying new food and hanging out with his dog, Ovi. He also is a big fan of his hometown Redskins, Nationals, Capitals and Wizards. If you see Bobby around town feel free to say, “hi,” or tease him about any of the teams previously listed.