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
  • Yesi Ortiz Gets Amped Up | The News Director’s Office

    Yesi Ortiz is a radio DJ and the Music Director for 97.1 AMP Radio. In this episode, Jason and Producer Robert Puente chat with Yesi about her career journey. Yesi explains her love for building a connection with her audience through radio. She shares about the path that led her to her dream job at Power 106, and opens up about the emotional day when she would have to eventually leave her position there. Now at AMP Radio, Yesi talks […]

  • Essence’s Woke 100 List with Yesha Callahan | The News Director’s Office

    On this episode of the podcast, Jason and Bobby are joined by Yesha Callahan, Editorial Director of ESSENCE. Yesha shares some stories of some of the women featured in this year’s Woke 100 list, which seeks to spotlight women of color who”exemplify the true meaning of being change agents and power players.” Yesha also talks about the evolution of her career, her celebrity crush, and more! Related show links: Essence 2019 Woke 100 Yesha Callahan on social media: Twitter Subscribe […]

  • ‘Do You Mind If I Cancel?’ With Gary Janetti | The News Director’s Office

    Gary Janetti was the executive producer for Will and Grace, and has written for television comedies such as Family Guy and Vicious. His Instagram page gained international attention for what is described as its “satirical characterization of Prince George of Cambridge and the child’s imagined, and often catty, response to various photos and news stories about Meghan Markle and other members of the British Royal Family.” Gary shares how the instagram phenomenon began, and his approach to creating the hilarious content. He also discusses […]

  • Turning Over A New Leaf With Daisy Fuentes | The News Director’s Office

    On this episode of the podcast, Jason and Bobby chat with TV host, model, and entrepreneur Daisy Fuentes. Daisy takes us back to the beginning of her career in local news doing the weather, and how she eventually burst onto the scene after becoming MTV’s first Latina VJ in the U.S. Daisy also talks about launching her fashion line in the early days of licensing and branding, meeting her husband on social media, and how her new show A New […]

  • Swapping Ghost Stories with JoJo Wright | The News Director’s Office

    Things get spooky on this Halloween episode of the podcast! Jason and Bobby swap ghost stories with JoJo Wright, KIIS-FM radio personality and host of the Paranormalish podcast. JoJo talks about his fascination with the paranormal, how he got into ghost hunting, and shares some of the chilling tales he’s encountered during his exploration into ghosts and UFOs. JoJo also tells about some wild celebrity interactions he’s had on his popular JoJo on the Radio program. Related show links: Paranormalish […]

  • The Rose Parade and ‘The Power of Hope’ with Laura Farber | The News Director’s Office

    Tournament of Roses President Laura Farber joins Jason and Producer Meghan to talk about the 131st Rose Parade. After discussing some of the history of the Rose Parade, Laura explains why this year’s theme, “The Power of Hope,” is especially important to her. Laura also gives a preview of what to expect from the parade’s numerous floats, equestrian groups, and marching bands. Related show links: Tournament of Roses Rose Parade on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Subscribe to […]

  • New Podcast Preview: “Mama Mentality” & “Keepin’ It Friel”

    Jason is out on jury duty this week, so Producer Bobby presents some previews of KTLA’s newest podcasts, Mama Mentality with Megan Telles and Keepin’ It Friel: Conversations on Recovery. In Mama Mentality, Megan Telles is getting ready for motherhood by talking to moms who have “been there, done that.” Her first episode is a conversation on parenting and “living life lopsided” with KTLA’s Jessica Holmes! In Keepin’ It Friel, Courtney Friel, who is ten years sober, hosts candid conversations […]

  • New Beginnings With Susan Tully and Nexstar | The News Director’s Office

    In 2019, Nexstar Media Group completed acquisition of Tribune Media, creating the nation’s largest local television broadcaster, and making KTLA part of the “Nexstar Nation” family. Joining Jason and Bobby in the Office is Susan Tully, Nexstar’s Senior Vice President of Local Content Development. Susan explains Nexstar’s core beliefs and their commitment to serving a local audience. She also shares stories from her time as a local news producer and director, and covering such major stories like the 2014 Ebola […]

  • Unleashing Your Infinite Potential with Deepak Chopra | The News Director’s Office

    Deepak Chopra, M.D. returns to The News Director’s Office, this time to discuss his new book Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential. Deepak discusses the possibility to venture beyond daily living and experience heightened states of awareness. Deepak says that higher consciousness is available here and now, and explains how to access peak experiences . Related show links: Metahuman: Unleashing Your Infinite Potential by Deepak Chopra DeepakChopra.com Deepak Chopra on social media: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook Subscribe to “The News […]

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