She’s been awarded several Golden Mike Awards for excellence in broadcasting, including breaking news coverage of the deadly 2005 Metrolink train crash and a fast-moving fire in Malibu.
This fourth generation Californian began her broadcast career on ICRT, the premier English-language radio station in Taipei, Taiwan, where she lived for 18 years. She’s conversant in Mandarin Chinese and utilized this skill when at KFWB and interviewed a resident in Chengdu (Sichuan) China after the 2008 earthquake which killed more than 70,000 people.
Two interviews of note while at ICRT were with Mother Teresa and a one-on-one interview with former astronaut James Lovell of the famed Apollo 13 space flight. Both were amazing. She asked Jim Lovell what was just one of the many amazing experiences of that mission. He held up his hand in a “thumbs up” manner and said that he had held up his hand like that while on the flight and was astonished to realize that everything in his life, from all those he loved to his work to everything he knew, as well as the entire planet Earth, could be hidden behind the tip of his thumb. It was a memory included in the years-later movie “Apollo 13” when he was played by Tom Hanks.
Jan remembers that every morning her father, who was the building manager where KNX is now located on the Miracle Mile, listened to KFWB News 98. She couldn’t have known that hers would one day be a voice coming from the radio, anchoring the news.
She’s fascinated with other peoples and places, characterized by the belief in the Baha’i Faith: “The earth is but one country and all mankind its citizens.” She has traveled to more than 20 countries in her efforts of community-building, is uplifted by the many similarities shared by humankind and delighted by the differences that make us a diverse world.
Jan loves working in a field that has its finger on the pulse of what’s happening locally as well as globally.
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