Preston Ayres grew up on a farm in the Bowmantown community of Washington County, TN. After graduating from Daniel Boone High School, he went on to earn a degree in Mass Communications from East Tennessee State University.
Anchoring and reporting local news has been Preston’s dream since he was 12 years old. Legendary University of Tennessee play-by-play announcer John Ward once told him to call a radio station and ask for a job if it’s what he wanted to do, so he did. Preston’s broadcasting career began at WGRV and WIKQ radio in Greeneville, where he spent five years as a disc jockey and news reporter during high school and college.
He joined the News 5 WCYB team as a news department intern in 2003 and became a full-time reporter/videographer in 2005, and was promoted to weekend anchor 2008. Preston became anchor of News 5 WCYB Today in November of 2012 after WCYB legend Johnny Wood announced his retirement. He began anchoring News 5 at Noon in January 2014.
Preston is an active member of Fall Branch United Methodist Church and also serves as on the board of directors for the Appalachian Fair. Preston and his wife Lara currently live in Washington County, Tennessee.
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