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
  • Breaking Down the Emmys with Patrick Gomez

    Entertainment Weekly Senior Editor Patrick Gomez joins the News Director’s Office to talk all things Emmys! Jason, Patrick, and Bobby go through each of the big categories and share who they think will take home the awards. Patrick also reveals the show you’re probably not watching, but you should be. The Emmy Awards take place on Sunday, September 22nd. Related show links: Patrick Gomez’s EW Bio Patrick Gomez on Social Media: Instagram | Twitter Subscribe to “The News Director’s Office”: via iTunes | RSS […]

  • A Labor of Love with Sara Welch | The News Director’s Office

    KTLA reporter Sara Welch joins Jason and Bobby in the Office. She talks about the journey that took her from the second smallest news market in the country to the second largest. She also tells the story about how she met her husband, and shares her love of dogs. Sara also opens up about her dramatic pregnancy and its aftermath after her son Bo was born just 28 weeks into her pregnancy. Episode quote “I’d rather be right than be […]

  • Second Chances & Giving Back With Danny Trejo

    Actor, social justice activist, and restaurateur Danny Trejo joins Jason and Bobby in the News Director’s Office. Danny talks about his involvement with Project Angel Food. He also shares some of his storied history, including how he escaped a troubled past and found his way onto television and film. Danny reflects on his career, his life philosophy, and also recounts the harrowing moments he helped rescue a baby from a car crash. Episode quote “Everything good that has happened to […]

  • The Miami Connection With Laurie Stein

    In this episode, Jason is in Miami visiting his friend and former colleague Laurie Stein. Jason and Laurie worked together at WPLG in Miami during the late ’90s. Jason and Laurie reflect on some of the biggest stories in Miami news, including the murder of Gianni Versace and the political frenzy surrounding Elián González. Laurie opens up about what she misses most about working in news, and shares her new venture and love for producing handmade candles. Episode quote “It […]

  • ‘Chicago’s Very Own’ Jennifer Lyons

    Jen Lyons is the Director of News & Content at WGN-TV in Chicago. She has previously been named “The most powerful woman in Chicago journalism.” Jason and Bobby caught up with Jen at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Miami, where she discussed the value of mentoring young journalists. She also talks about her career at WGN, and what makes the station so special. Jennifer also reveals the reasons why she made the stunning decision to resign from […]

  • Home Buying Tips with Kirk Hawkins

    KTLA’s Kirk Hawkins stops by the Office to talk about his new podcast “Home Made with Kirk Hawkins.” Kirk shares how he got into the real estate business, and how his podcast can help demystify the home-buying process to make your dream home into a reality. Kirk also shares some tips he’s learned from his guests like professional home stager Madeline Baer and interior designer Orlando Soria. Kirk also shares the number one tip for new home buyers. Related show […]

  • That’s How I Got to Memphis with Alex Coleman

    Jason and Bobby continue their series of interviews from the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Miami. They chat with longtime WREG anchor Alex Coleman, who Jason describes as the person who jump-started his career in journalism. Jason and Alex reminisce about the early days of working together in Memphis. They discuss the Memphis music scene, and Alex reflects on watching the city evolve through the lens of telling news stories. Episode quote “The arc of the moral universe […]

  • You Need to Calm Down With Justin Mikita

    On the 100th episode of the podcast, Jason and Bobby chat with producer, lawyer, and activist Justin Mikita. Justin shares the story behind winning a Tony Award for his Broadway production of Oklahoma! He also talks about obtaining his law degree despite not wanting to pursue a career as a lawyer. Justin also opens up about a number of other topics including beating cancer, starting a nonprofit advocacy foundation, and how he and his husband Jesse Tyler Ferguson were featured […]

  • ‘Killing Lorenzen: Love•Basketball•Murder’ with April Thompson

    Jason and Bobby continue their special series of interviews at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Miami. This week, are joined by Jason’s former WREG colleague, news anchor April Thompson. April discusses their new true crime podcast Killing Lorenzen: Love•Basketball•Murder, which chronicles the life and death of promising basketball star Lorenzen Wright and his ex-wife who pleaded guilty to facilitating his murder. Episode quote “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 Related […]

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