Jennifer York is the Midday Traffic Anchor of KNX. Jennifer is familiar to KNX listeners after flying over Southern California, reporting traffic for 15 years for KFWB and then Channel 5′s “KTLA Morning News.”
With a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and Communications from UCLA, York worked as a talent coordinator through college for Pierre Cossette Productions, contributing to such shows as the “Grammy Awards” and the “American Music Awards.”
In 1984 after graduating from UCLA, Jennifer headed east to begin her work at Good morning America. Initially starting as an intern, she was eventually hired and promoted to the “Field and Series” unit. Jennifer was inspired by news veterans Barbara Walters, Joel Siegel, and Erma Bombeck. She credits them with shaping her honest and accurate reporting skills.
In 1987, she returned to Los Angeles to pursue her musical dreams of becoming a professional bassist yet still keeping her toes in the news business. Jennifer quickly landed a job in radio and developed her traffic and spot news skills flying for KFWB, one of Southern California’s radio news leaders. Jennifer was the first woman airborne traffic reporter to fly in a helicopter.
Combining her experience in television and radio, in 1991 Jennifer joined the “KTLA Morning News” team flying in an Aerospacial 350-B called Skycam 5. She became an instant household name, helping to develop the KTLA Morning News as the leader in morning news television.
Above and beyond her Morning News duties, York’s coverage of the earthquake, floods, and riots and fires in Southern California won her numerous awards. In 1993, she received an Emmy for her reporting over the Malibu fires, plus two more Emmy Awards, one for her coverage of the Northridge Earthquake and the other for her Morning News reports. Following that, she received two Golden Mike Awards, one for Best Traffic Reporter in 1998 and one for her cov erage of the Jewish Center shooting in 1999. She has since landed two more honors: a Golden Mike for her traffic reporting in 2003, and another Emmy for her reports on KTLA’s Early Edition.
Jennifer has been featured on “Larry King Live”, and her breaking news reports throughout the years have been broadcast world wide on CNN. She’s also been profiled on “Entertainment Tonight”, “The Learning Channel”, “The Leeza Show”, and “Live in L.A.” with Steve Edwards.
Her movie credits include “That Thing You Do”, starring Tom Hanks, “Bandits” with Billy Bob Thorton and Bruce Willis, and “Hollywood Homicide”, starring Harrison Ford.
Jennifer is also a professional electric and acoustic bassist. She has recorded two albums with the all women Christian rock group, “Rachel Rachel” on Word Records. She has also recorded and produced two albums with her current group, “The York Quartet”. The group has been together for 11 years, performing at local jazz clubs and festivals throughout Southern California, including the Long Beach Jazz Festival, the Pasadena Playboy Jazz Festival, Catalina’s Jazz Trax’s, Lake Tahoe’s Jazz Festival, and the Montreal Drum Festival. They have opened for John Tesh, and most recently at the Anaheim Pond for Boney James, Macy Grey and Seal.
Jennifer’s commitment to excellence manifests in everything she does. Her passion for life, helping people, and going after her dreams, is admired by all that know her.
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