Intriguing, engaging and compelling. Q102’s Natalie Jones talks to some of Greater Cincinnati’s most fascinating people. Behind every good story is a Person of Interest.

Listen to Person of Interest on the Q102 mobile app, here on WKRQ.com or wherever you get your podcasts.


Latest Episodes

Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas: Candice Jones Peelman

Human beings are social creatures, right? But in this world of social media — Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram — many of us still feel disconnected…isolated…even lonely. This can be especially true for people with developmental disabilities. Candice Jones Peelman is the Executive Director of Starfire — an organization working to change that. Hear how the community is becoming more inclusive of people with disabilities.

Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas: Jean-Robert de Cavel

Cincinnati chef, Jean-Robert de Cavel, is celebrating 40 years in the restaurant business — 25 of those in Cincinnati! From his humble beginnings in France, to becoming one of America’s top chefs! Hear why Jean-Robert is this week’s PERSON OF INTEREST!

Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas: Joe Creighton

Joe Creighton owns the popular downtown restaurant Cheapside Cafe on 8th Street…and Mecca, the eclectic Over-the-Rhine bar he owns with his wife and business partner. He loves Cincinnati and he expresses that love through his work. Many locals consider Joe Creighton to be a visionary. While he’s excited about the progress Cincinnati has made in the revitalization of neighborhoods like OTR, Joe envisions a cultural renaissance in other neighborhoods, like the West End — which is one of the reasons he’s helping to spearhead the revitalization of Dayton Street in the West End. We wanted to know where that passion comes from, what inspires him, and what his vision of Cincinnati’s future looks like, which is why he’s this episode’s Person of Interest.

Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas: Dr. Sommarco

Hamilton County’s Coroner, Dr. Lakshmi Sammarco, has one of the toughest jobs in public service. Much of her time is spent fighting on the front lines of our region’s opiod crisis. Last year, she was thrust into the national spotlight to clarify differing accounts of what led to the death of Otto Warmbier, while an escalating war of words between President Trump and Kim Jong Un played out on Twitter. Who leaves a lucrative career as a neuroradiologist to lead one of the most neglected and underfunded departments in Hamilton County? This woman does. She’s my “Person of Interest” this week…and I found her fascinating!

Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas: Fiona’s ZooKeepers

The world loves FIONA! But what about the people who work behind the scenes to take care of Fiona? The Cincinnati Zoo’s Wendy Rice and Jenna Wingate work on Fiona’s primary care team. It’s their sole job to care for Fiona, and they’ve been there since the beginning. So, what’s it like to care for a hippo? How does one get that job? Does Fiona enjoy her fame? Are the other animals at the zoo jealous of Fiona’s attention? Listen here to find out!

About Natalie

“We have plenty of time to grow up” – me 😉

Well hello, and welcome to my bio. I’m Natalie, West-Side-born Cincy native making the best out of every day and having as much fun as possible. Please let’s go to yoga, get outside, and push some limits together. ☺️

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I am the middle of 5 children raised the classic Cincinnati way: Catholic schools, parish festivals, and a lot of sports, making me a natural tomboy through and through. I’m single, no kids, but my Aunt Nat genes are strong, as I have 6 nieces, and I love big families.

Growing up in Cincinnati and moving from west to east to Clifton to OTR, I decided after graduating from UC to take my life on the road and see what this world has to offer. I ended up on the west coast in a life full of performance, stand-up comedy, outside adventure, sports, and a little bit of volunteer radio. Which I loved but always thought something was missing.

So, when I decided to come home and be with family, I was elated to find a whole new meaning of family here at Q102. I found what I have been missing. It’s just an honor to speak to my hometown every day. ☺️ I really feel like I am member of a bigger team just doing my part. And my part is to make it fun! It’s my favorite thing in life, to bring joy to others, I think because it brings me just as much joy. ☺️

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When I am not in the studio you can find me in a group fitness class (I love exercising and fitness more than anything!!), outside, traveling, downtown at a happening, or with my family. Lol. I am always on the go and looking forward to the next best thing to find and tell everyone about.

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Email Natalie at natalie@wkrq.com.