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Anthony Tynan continues to serve southeast Ohio working in the affordable housing industry

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Tynan graduated from Ohio University in 2006

ATHENS, OH – Anthony Tynan came to Ohio University with the goal of becoming a sportscaster but left with skills learned at WOUB that he used to follow a different career path entirely.

“The experience I got at WOUB was so special,” said Tynan. “Whether you end up working in the journalism or broadcasting field or not, the experience you gain at WOUB helps you find the right job for you. Everyone who volunteers at WOUB learns valuable skills that are transferrable to all kinds of career paths.”

Tynan grew up in Columbus and came to Athens in 2002.

“Ohio University had a reputation for being the best in journalism and communication. I chose Ohio University because I wanted to learn from the best,” said Tynan.

Initially, Tynan thought he wanted to be a print journalist. So, he started working at The Post his freshman year. During his sophomore year, he decided to try out WOUB.

“I wanted to remain open to any and all types of work in the journalism field at that time,” said Tynan. “Once I started working at WOUB, I felt like I had found my home.”

Tynan worked in the WOUB sports department. He was an on-air anchor and reporter on both radio and television. Tynan enjoyed it and learned a lot about working with others.

“When I think of WOUB, I think of it as the ultimate teamwork environment. Everyone comes together and fills different roles in the newsroom,” said Tynan. “We all worked hard to create the best product possible for the service of people of southeast Ohio. That real-world work experience was powerful to all of us, and formative for me. We were working on a very real product that impacts the people of southeast Ohio. The fact that many students were working there on a volunteer basis, in addition to our classwork, it meant only the hardest workers were at WOUB.”

Tynan graduated in 2006 and decided to continue his education. He went on to earn a master’s degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“After that, I interned at Baseball America in North Carolina. Baseball America is a baseball media company that covers baseball at every level, with a particular focus on prospects, including players in the minor leagues, college, high school, international and independent baseball.”

But eventually, some Ohio University connections outside of WOUB led Tynan to a different career path. He eventually made his way to his current position as senior asset manager at the Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH). OCCH is a nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus, Ohio that works with developers to create affordable housing opportunities through the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC). Tynan is responsible for monitoring overall property performance, ensuring that properties remain in good financial standing and  compliant with the LIHTC program.

“What I love about OCCH is it is mission driven,” said Tynan. “New affordable housing product built today, whether new construction or rehab, almost always involves the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, which is the core of our business. But in addition, we also have programs that support residents, including a Resident Development Fund, scholarships for students who live in our properties, and we also utilized a Resident Impact Emergency Fund in 2020-21 to assist properties affected by the pandemic.”

And Tynan says his service of southeast Ohio, that started at WOUB, continues in this role.

“I’m very proud of what I do. We have properties all over rural Ohio and I visit each property at least once per year to evaluate the physical property. This has helped me remain connected to Southeast Ohio, as some of these properties are located in places like Albany, Gallipolis, Logan, Marietta, Zanesville and New Lexington,” said Tynan. “WOUB, Ohio University and southeast Ohio gave me so much, and played a vital role in helping me become who I am today. I am proud to use many of the skills I learned at WOUB while working in a field that provides an important resource for low-income families, seniors and homeless populations. And I am proud that my connection to Southeast Ohio continues today.”