Jason is vice president and news director at KTLA-TV in Los Angeles. Since joining the station in September 2008, he has more than doubled the amount of television news programming at the station from 32 hours a week to 78.5 hours. The newsroom also produces 10 hours of live-streaming-only news, Alexa flash briefings and an array of podcasts. Under his leadership, the KTLA 5 Morning News has become the highest-rated newscast in Southern California.

Prior to KTLA, Jason spent seven years in Los Angeles at KCBS-TV, KCAL-TV and KNBC-TV as an executive producer and producer. He oversaw different dayparts, special projects and emerging technologies.

A 27-year veteran of local television news, he’s also worked at WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, where he covered stories such as the West Memphis Three, and WPLG-TV in Miami, covering the murder of Gianni Versace and the Elian Gonzalez saga.

Jason is the host of The News Director’s Office, a podcast about local media and its importance. He is also a backyard beekeeper and fifth generation Arkansan.


Recent Articles
  • The News Director’s Office: The History of KTLA With Cleve Landsberg

    Film and television producer Cleve Landsberg is the son of Klaus Landsberg, an electrical engineering pioneer who made history with early commercial telecasts, and who is credited with paving the way for today’s television networks. Klaus was also at the helm of KTLA when it first began regular commercial broadcasts in 1947. Cleve Landsberg joins podcast to reflect on his father’s many innovations and contributions to television, broadcasting, and KTLA. Episode quote “His raw courage, physical endurance and technical brilliance […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Best in Show Business With Jane Lynch

    The incomparable Jane Lynch has brought some of the most iconic characters on television to life, including Sue Sylvester from Glee and Dr. Linda Freeman from Two and a Half Men. She can also be seen as Sophie Lennon on the celebrated Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Jane is also known for her frequent work with Christopher Guest, and has standout roles in the films Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, and Mascots. Jane stops by the News Director’s […]

  • The News Director’s Office: A Voice for the Voiceless with Elizabeth Espinosa

    KTLA reporter Elizabeth Espinosa stops by the News Director’s Office for a lively conversation. Elizabeth talks about growing up in L.A.’s South Bay. She shares why she decided to become a reporter despite originally wanting to pursue a career as a lawyer. Elizabeth also opens up about her special relationship with her brother, Christian, and Jason helps her prepare for running the L.A. Marathon. Related show links: @MyGrayPants Elizabeth Espinosa on social media: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe to […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Meditation, Sobriety, and Positive Living with Courtney Friel

    KTLA 5 news anchor and reporter Courtney Friel joins the News Director’s Office and opens up about a number of personal topics, including how meditation has helped change her life. Courtney reveals how she manages to maintain a positive outlook, and shares some of her past struggles that lead her to sobriety. She also tells the story behind the video that caused her to go viral on the internet. Episode quote “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn […]

  • The News Director’s Office: “A Lie Too Big to Fail: : The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy” with Lisa Pease

    Lisa Pease is the author of A Lie Too Big to Fail: The Real History of the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. In the heavily researched book, Lisa lays out how witnesses with evidence of conspiracy were silenced by the LAPD; how evidence was deliberately altered and, in some instances, destroyed; and how the justice system and the media failed to present the truth of the case to the public. Lisa joins the podcast to discuss her book. She explains […]

  • The News Director’s Office: 50th Episode Retrospect

    It’s the 50th episode of “The News Director’s Office” podcast! To celebrate the milestone, Jason and Producer Bobby take a look back at some of their favorite moments and guests. They revisit anecdotes from KTLA personalities like Jessica Holmes and Lynette Romero, reflect on some of the wisdom imparted by Deepak Chopra, and relive the excitement of Bobby’s infamous Dolly Parton encounter. Subscribe to “The News Director’s Office”: via iTunes | RSS Jason on social media: Twitter | Instagram Bobby […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Breaking Down Blockchain

    Christiana Cacciapuoti and Ryan Reed of MadHive break down blockchain, and its role in digital advertising. They explain MadHive’s mission towards “Transforming programmatic from a guess economy into an evidence economy.” They also discuss the importance of data privacy, and Christina shares how her non-profit, AdLedger, is working to “further trust and transparency within the digital media space.” Related show links: MadHive Adledger Subscribe to “The News Director’s Office”: via iTunes | RSS Jason on social media: Twitter | Instagram […]

  • The News Director’s Office: The Future of Innovation and Tech with Howard Tullman

    Howard Tullman is is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, educator, and art collector. He is the Executive Director of the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at Illinois Tech in Chicago. In this episode, Howard joins Jason and Bobby to discuss the direction of innovation and technology, and how the future is coming faster than ever before. Related show links: HowardTullman.com Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship 1871 Chicago Flashpoint Chicago Howard Tullman on […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Livin’ the Stream with the 5 Live Team

    For the first time, Jason leaves the comforts of his office for a visit to the 5 Live studio to chat with Samantha Cortese, Natalie Lizarraga, and Andy Riesmeyer. Sam, Natalie, and Andy share how they’ve teamed up to bring their unique perspectives to KTLA’s online-only show. They explain how they’re able to make more meaningful connections with their audience, and how 5 Live has evolved into the show it is now. Episode quote “We cannot direct the wind, but […]

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