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
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    Austin Kellerman is the Director of Digital Content for KTLA’s parent company, Nexstar Media Group. Austin has a long background in broadcast news. His career began in Shreveport, Louisiana, and by 2008, he became the News Director in Abilene, Texas. 15 years into his career, Austin made the transition from broadcast to digital. In this episode of the podcast, Austin shares why he decided to make the switch. He also shares his philosophies on leadership, and talks about what’s next […]

  • 33 Years Behind the Lens with KTLA Photographer Gary Reyes | The News Director’s Office

    After 33 years at KTLA, beloved photographer Gary Reyes announced his retirement! Gary joins Jason and Bobby to look back at his storied career and a lifetime of memories. Gary reflects on watching and documenting 30+ years of L.A. history from the front lines. He shares some of his favorite assignments throughout his career, and talks about working alongside colleagues like Stan Chambers, Eric Spillman, and more. Gary also shares what he is looking forward to most during his retirement. […]

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    Justin Mayo is the Executive Director of the international charity Red Eye and the Watts Empowerment Center. He is also the founder of the Youth Mentor initiative. In this episode, Justin explains why he has dedicated his life to serving and empowering isolated demographics. He also explains how the community of Watts has embraced the Empowerment Center and taken ownership, and how celebrities like the Kardashians and Jenners have dedicated their resources to help the Watts Empowerment Center grow and […]

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    Hailey Branson-Potts is a metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times. Originally from the small town of Perry, Oklahoma, Hailey explains how she naturally tends to gravitate to stories from rural areas. She shares some of those stories, which she covered for the L.A. Times, including the fight to save the Redwoods that line Wonder Stump Road in Northern California, and the final Dust Bowl Festival at the historic Weedpatch Camp. Hailey also shares what it was like moving to […]

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