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
  • 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 […]

  • Advocating for Human Rights with Alphonso David | The News Director’s Office

    Alphonso David is the President of the Human Rights Campaign. The HRC is the largest LGBTQ civil rights organization fighting for true equality for the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and queer people in the United States and across the globe. Jason and Bobby spoke to Alphonso ahead of CNN’s LGBTQ forum. Related show links: Human Rights Campaign HRC on Social Media: Instagram | Twitter | Facebook Subscribe to “The News Director’s Office”: via iTunes | RSS Jason on social media: Twitter | Instagram Bobby on social media: Instagram […]

  • The Stress Solution With Dr. Rangan Chatterjee | The News Director’s Office

    Dr. Rangan Chatterjee is a physician, author, television presenter and podcaster. On this episode of the podcast, Dr. Chatterjee helps Jason and Bobby de-stress with tips from his book, The Stress Solution: The 4 Steps to Reset Your Body, Mind, Relationships and Purpose. Dr. Chatterjee explains where stress comes from, and how it affects your body and mind. He offers some simple actionable strategies you can start right now to help manage stress and empower you to implement healthy habits. […]

  • Responsible Journalism with Audrey Prywitch

    Last August at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Miami, Jason and Bobby had a chance to chat with KTVI-KPLR News Director Audrey Prywitch. Audrey shares her passion for mentoring and empowering young aspiring journalists. She also reflects on her time growing up and working in Miami. Audrey also reflects on the experiences of her Jewish family during World War II. Finally, Audrey opens up about her stations’ news operations during the Ferguson protests, and the importance of […]

  • Empowering Storytellers with Erica Hill

    Erica Hill is the News Director at Q13 Fox in Seattle. Erica recently made the announcement that after 12 years in Seattle, she would be leaving to join her wife in Los Angeles. In this episode of the podcast, Erica shares her thoughts about leadership, and the ways in which she empowers and encourages journalists. She also talks about Q13’s special reporting about the diminishing Pacific Northwest’s orca population, and how journalism is affecting real change to help save the […]

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