Senior year. Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida. Journalism & TV Production were the classes, Judy Krocker was the teacher. That's when Jason knew what he wanted to do with his life. He was the founding anchor and sports reporter for his high school TV show "Cane News." The class was full of driven, technically and creatively-talented kids who just wanted to put on a good show. We dug up news stories around campus, adapted SNL-like skits to fit our teams (see "Da 'Canes"), and traveled with the sports teams for ESPN-like highlights. It wasn't NBC Nightly News, but it was a solid foundation for someone with a passion for Journalism and the drive to do more than just "read" the news.
Jason took that passion and graduated from Michigan State University with a dream of becoming a sports anchor for ESPN. He settled for the stadium emcee job for the Lansing Lugnuts. After two and a half years of shooting the hot dog cannon and singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" like Harry Caray, Jason somehow wedged his way in the door at WILX in June 2000 as a sports reporter with little experience.
After two years of hard-nosed mentoring from Ben Holden and Tim Staudt in sports, Jason was tapped for the weekday morning news anchor job. From there, he worked with Darrin Rockcole, Todd Klaassen, Beth Shayne, Chris Gervat and Adela Uchida on WILX and Fox 47, learning something from every single one along the way.
Claim to Fame: a one-day gig in August 2009 as Regis Philbin's fill-in with Kelly Ripa on "Live! With Regis & Kelly."
Jason currently anchors the 5, 6 & 11 with Lauren Evans, Andy Provenzano and Tim Staudt.
He's a big Detroit and MSU fan, but prefers his daughters' soccer and softball games more than anything.