Updated On: Nov 27 2012 11:02:59 AM EST
Emmy-Award winning Anchor/Reporter Jason Martinez comes to South Florida from Los Angeles where he worked at KTLA.
While in Los Angeles, Jason anchored “The KTLA News at 10." In the summer of 2009, he earned his 4th Emmy Award for team coverage of Michael Jackson’s death.
Jason’s experience reporting in the field has taken him through wildfires, floods, crime scenes, elections, plane crashes, tornadoes, and now ... hurricanes.
At WTVG in Toledo, Ohio, Jason reported on several major stories, including the November 2002 outbreak of tornadoes in Northwest Ohio, "The Big Blackout," and interviewed a young high school kid named LeBron James who was pretty good at basketball.
In Fresno California, Jason was the morning and midday anchor at ABC-owned station KFSN. In the winter of 2007, he won an Emmy providing coverage for a devastating freeze that destroyed Central California’s citrus crops. By the time Jason left Fresno in 2008, he had nearly a decade of television news experience under his belt.
Jason’s true love is his family. He is a married father of two sons.
His youngest son, Carson, nearly died after contracting a blood infection just days after he was born. It was Carson’s remarkable recovery that motivated Jason to get involved with causes that benefit Children's Hospitals across the country. He is now affiliated with South Florida’s Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital.
Jason and his wife each lost grandparents to Alzheimer’s Disease, which is another cause near and dear to his heart. He’s now a partner with The South Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Jason’s other love is music. He has been a drummer since the age of 4 and has shared the stage with great musicians covering a variety of genres such as funk, country, jazz, Latin, R&B, soul and rock.
Jason is also a sports fanatic! He's a former college baseball player, and an avid golfer.
You can e-mail Jason here.