Jake is an Emmy Award winning anchor and reporter who wakes up with you on the KING 5 Morning News and Northwest Cable News in Seattle, Wa.
He got his first taste of writing and journalism when he was 5 years old. He helped his mom Gayle put together a series of newspaper articles on sheep farms in Southern Illinois. Ever since, he’s been hooked on telling stories. His dad Bruce was a newspaper publisher, allowing Jake to duck in an out of newsrooms and always be right there when elections results were posted, and hot stories hit the press.
Jake began as a performer in speech competitions at a very young age, where he competed at national level in Phoenix, AZ becoming one of the top High School performers in the country. He took a serious interest in Film making and studied at Montana State University-Bozeman and New York University. He immediately started working as a “Stand-in” and Personal Assistant on several film and television sets while writing screenplays on the side. His highlights include reading lines with Academy Award winner Jessica Lange and Sam Shepard. A favorite moment came when he became an assistant to Dave Matthews on the ‘Gravedigger’ music video.
Jake made several films of his own, and earned “Best Fiction Film of the Year” in 2004 at the Montana Tracy Awards. To stay grounded, Jake spent time with his Improv Troupe that performed to audiences every week.
After graduating college Jake followed in his parents jounalistic footsteps and became a Reporter/Anchor for KTVQ-Television in BIllings Montana. When Hurricane Katrina hit land in 2005, Jake became the only Montana reporter to travel to New Orleans, reporting on the devastation for two weeks. He became recognized and made the jump to WSYX/WTTE-Television in Columbus Ohio. Jake covered the historic 2008 Presidential Election where Ohio was center stage. He was also traveled to report stories from Cedar Rapids Iowa during the unprecedented floods that devastated the region.
In 2009 Jake won a Emmy for his Breaking News coverage. He has also been awarded several times by the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists. Jake was appointed by Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to serve on the Montana Film and Television Advisory Board. The AP named Jake ‘Best Reporter’ in the state of Ohio in 2009.
Jake has contributed to CNN, MSNBC and CNBC and FOX News.
But it’s not all work! You’ll always find Jake writing stories on the side, hosting several community events and traveling to schools to become a positive influence on kids. He’s a sports nut, golfer, skier, fly-fisherman and a family man. He loves spending time with his daughter Lula. Jake and his wife Tara love traveling and celebrating with friends. Can’t find Jake or he’s not answering his cell phone or posting on Facebook or Twitter!?….he’s probably enjoying the outdoors somewhere or teaching someone how to fly-fish.
“If you never did…you should. These things are fun, and fun is good!”