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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: Craig Duff, Medill School of Journalism

    Craig Duff is a professor at Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. He is also an award-winning video journalist. Craig joins Jason and Bobby to share insight on the current state of journalism and media, and what students can do to help accelerate their careers. Episode quote “If we were to do the Second Coming of Christ in color for a full hour, there would be a considerable number of stations which would decline to […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Chris Schauble, KTLA 5 Morning News Anchor

    Chris Schauble joins the podcast to chat about some of his career highlights, including the emotional search for his birth parents. He also talks about competing in Iron Man competitions, fatherhood, and more. Episode quote “Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda Related show links: Reading List: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Chris Schauble on social media: Twitter Subscribe to “The News Director’s Office”: via iTunes | RSS Jason on social […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Dean Richards, WGN-TV Entertainment Reporter/Film Critic

    Dean Richards is an entertainment reporter and film critic for WGN-TV in Chicago. In a new episode of the The News Director’s Office, Dean joins Jason and Bobby to talk about a number of topics including KTLA’s influence on WGN’s broadcast style, what makes a great Chicago pizza, and shares the inside story on his notorious interview with Mel Gibson. Episode quote “If I don’t feel a little queasy, we’re not doing our job. ” – Jennifer Lyons, WGN News […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Lynette Romero, KTLA 5 Morning News Anchor

    Lynette Romero joined KTLA in 1999 after spending 10 years at KUSA-TV in Denver. A Colorado native, Lynette shares how she made California her home. She shares her enthusiasm for connecting with viewers, the experience of reporting from the Vatican during the election of Pope Francis, and opens up about her involvement in a frightening helicopter crash in Colorado. Episode quote “I used to think I was the strangest person in the world but then I thought there are so […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Nathan Masters, Lost LA

    Nathan Masters is the host, producer, and managing editor of Lost LA for KCET-TV and the USC Libraries. Nathan joins Jason and Bobby in The News Director’s Office to share how the series came to be. He offers insight on what to expect from the show’s third season, and shares fascinating tidbits from his research into the forgotten history of Los Angeles. Episode quote “Tip the world over on its side and everything loose will land in Los Angeles. ” […]

  • The News Director’s Office: David Begnaud, CBS News Correspondent

    David Begnaud is a CBS News correspondent and former KTLA 5 News reporter. David joins Jason and Bobby to discuss his unique approach to delivering the news. He shares compelling accounts from his reporting on major events such as Occupy L.A. and his award-winning coverage of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. David also recounts meeting his idol Dr. Maya Angelou at her home in North Carolina. Episode quote “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how […]

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    It’s the “kindness” episode of The News Director’s Office, and there is perhaps no kinder person than KTLA 5 News anchor Lu Parker. Lu is a former Miss USA and the founder of Be Kind & Co., a lifestyle brand that encourages kindness. In this episode, Lu shares personal stories on how she strives to reach out with kindness in her daily life. She also opens up about her experience in the Miss USA Pageant, and talks about how she […]

  • The News Director’s Office: Anya Sarre, KTLA 5 News Stylist/Founder & CEO of Styled by Anya

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