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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: Producer Bobby Meets Dolly Parton

      It’s finally happened. After almost 30 episodes of fawning over Dolly Parton, Producer Bobby finally got the chance to meet her at the red carpet premiere for the Netflix film Dumplin’. To prepare for the big moment, Bobby gets red carpet tips from Sam Rubin, entertainment producer Jackie Rodriguez, and previous News Director’s Office guest Ross Matthews. Bobby’s skills are put to the test when he chats with stars like Danielle Macdonald, Linda Perry, Jennifer Aniston, and yes– Dolly […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Liberté Chan, KTLA 5 News Meteorologist

    On this episode of The News Director’s Office podcast, KTLA 5 meteorologist Liberté Chan Talks about her time as a competitive figure skater. She also opens up about what drove her to pursue other passions, conquering shyness to begin working in television, and how she found peace in practicing yoga. Episode quotes “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.” -Walt Whitman Related show links: Liberté Chan’s KTLA bio Liberté Chan on social media: […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Deepak Chopra, Author/Alternative Medicince Advocate

    Deepak Chopra is a best-selling author, public speaker, alternative medicine advocate, and prominent figure in the New Age movement. Deepak joins Jason and Bobby and discusses his views on technology, the nature of reality, and more. He recently launched Deepak Chopra’s Reflections on Amazon Alexa to give people his daily insights. Episode quotes “If you focus on success, you’ll have stress. But if you pursue excellence, success will be guaranteed.” -Deepak Chopra Related show links: DeepakChopra.com Reading List: You are […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Ginger Chan, KTLA 5 Traffic Anchor

    Ginger Chan has been helping KTLA viewers avoid getting stuck in traffic since 2008. On this episode of the podcast, Ginger talks about how she got her start in journalism despite thinking she wanted to be an actress. She opens up about growing up in South L.A. and how she eventually found her way to KTLA. Episode quotes “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” -Margaret Mead Related show links: Ginger Chan KTLA Bio Ginger Chan […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Dave Malkoff, “The Weather Channel” Correspondent

    Dave Malkoff is a television journalist, documentarian, and correspondent with The Weather Channel. He is also a former reporter for KTLA. Dave drops in on the podcast and discusses a number of topics including his coverage of the devastating California wildfires, his early days of broadcasting over pirate radio, reporting from Iraq at the end of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and his upcoming story from the Arctic. Episode quotes “I’ve not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Thanksgiving Holiday Sampler

    In this episode of the News Director’s Office, Jason shares clips from some of KTLA’s other podcast offerings from Frank Buckley Interviews, Spoken Dreams, and California Cooking. Related show links: Frank Buckley Interviews Spoken Dreams California Cooking Subscribe to “The News Director’s Office”: via iTunes | RSS Jason on social media: Twitter | Instagram Bobby on social media: Instagram About the Podcast: “The News Director’s Office” More podcasts from KTLA: Frank Buckley Interviews | Spoken Dreams | California Cooking

  • The News Director’s Office: Jessica Holmes, KTLA 5 Morning News Anchor/”California Cooking” Host

      In this episode of The News Director’s Office podcast, Jessica Holmes stops by Jason’s office and shares how she got her start in Los Angeles, her excitement over hosting her new show California Cooking, and recounts a life highlight of spending a memorable day with Martha Stewart. Episode quotes “Once you realize that you have identified a passion, invest in yourself. Figure out what you need to know, what kind of experience and expertise you need to develop to […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Tracy McMillan, Relationship Expert/Author

    Tracy McMillan is an author, television writer, and relationship expert. Tracy sits down in the News Director’s Office and gets candid when talking about her dramatic childhood, the first time she met Oprah, and how writing for TV news gave her skills she’s used throughout the rest of her career. She also reveals how she became a relationship expert, and analyzes possible reasons why Dolly Parton has one of the most successful marriages in show business. Episode quotes “Doing the […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Kacey Montoya, KTLA 5 News Reporter

    On a new episode of The News Director’s Office, KTLA reporter Kacey Montoya opens up about her appreciation for veterans. She shares her experience following Honor Flight Southland, A volunteer organization created to honor America’s veterans by transporting heroes to Washington DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. Kacey also talks about her love for dogs, and her mission to keep them out of shelters. Episode quotes “Never was so much owed by so many to so few. ”– Winston Churchill […]