Jake comes to the Tri-Cities by way of the cold, white North of Ohio. He was big into sports throughout his childhood and made the decision to be a sports broadcaster in the 8th Grade. That led him to the nationally recognized E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University where his passion really took off. Whether working on an award-winning high school football highlight show or the nationally televised OU football coaches show, there was always a sports story to chase.
After graduating from OU (you can graduate, but you never truly leave Athens), Jake became a Southerner for the first time, moving to Augusta, GA, to work for the CBS affiliate there. He covered high school, college and pro sports of all kinds including that little golf tournament they’re known for across the world. Three years later, he’s ready to trade in the Masters for Bristol and everything else in the Tri-Cities.
In his spare time, Jake likes to watch and play baseball and football, listen to country music, binge watch TV shows on Netflix and take his thoughts and comments toTwitter (@itsjakeyoung). He also plays a mean game of Battleship, so watch out.
Here are some fun facts answered by Jake:
Favorite story covered at WJHL: So far it would have to be doing a Father’s Day story on local NHRA driver Allen Johnson and his dad, Roy. They were extremely nice and genuine, and that made me want to tell their story.
Celebrity met or seen while on the job: When I worked in Augusta, GA, I got to do a one-on-one with WWE’s the Big Show. The 7′ tall, 400-pounder seems even bigger in real life, but he’s one of the friendliest interviews I’ve had. Here’s a link to the story. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjPFUFfPTss&sns=em
Sport you played in high school: I played five different sports in high school (football, baseball, wrestling, golf and indoor track), but my favorite was always baseball. I was a catcher from the time I was eight all the way up. One of my best moments in high school was winning the conference baseball title my senior year.
Favorite city I’ve lived in: That would have to be Athens, OH, home of my Ohio Bobcats. This job has taken me to Augusta and Johnson City, but there’s something about a college town that’s just home. Athens is a sleepy town in the Appalachian foothills of Southeast Ohio, and it’s beauty if I ever saw it. There’s a reason I try to get back when I can. It’s not just how it looks, it’s how it makes you feel. It’s definitely a special place.
First job you ever had: My dad does all of the buildings and grounds maintenance work at the school I went to, and my first job was as his assistant during summer break. I learned some basics about electrical, plumbing, building and many other things from that job, and it always amazed me how he could see these things in front of him that weren’t even there and then magically make it happen. Doing that stuff made me realize I had a lot to learn and that, for everyone else’s sake, I should probably find a different job.
If you have a story idea or comment for Jake, feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.