July 22, 2008
Jean Enersen Celebrates 40 Years at KING 5
Special Tribute airs August 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Seattle, WA -- KING 5 is proud to honor distinguished news anchor Jean Enersen as she celebrates 40 years at KING 5 with a one-hour special, Friday, August 1, at 8:00 p.m. KING 5 News with Jean Enersen: An Anniversary Celebration takes an intimate look at the news events that have shaped the Northwest and the world from Enersen's unique perspective. Enersen joined King Broadcasting in 1968 and in 1972 became the first female news anchor in local television anywhere in the country. In addition to numerous reports about Western Washington, Jean traveled around the world for KING 5 viewers. She was a part of the first television news crews to report from China after the U.S. resumed trade relations and she broadcast live on Soviet TV.
"Jean's a remarkable journalist, and I think she has a degree of credibility in the Northwest market that is pretty amazing," said Pat Costello, vice president/station manager. "She's also a great colleague and friend."
The Enersen special highlights the most memorable news events she has covered from the first man on the moon and the Mount St. Helen's eruption to the Sonics World Championship and the World Trade Organization riots. Enersen reflects on her history-making world travels and shares behind-the-scenes stories about her best and worst interviews with Presidents, celebrities and CEO's.
As she takes a fond look back on her 40 years in the broadcasting business, Enersen gives us an insider's view of the newsroom "then" versus "now" and talks about her HealthLink reports and why she has become so interested in health.
About Jean Enersen
Jean Enersen is consistently named the most popular and respected news anchor in the Northwest and has won Emmys for her news anchoring and documentary reporting. She co-anchors KING 5 News weeknight broadcasts at 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. with Dennis Bounds.
In addition to her daily anchor duties, Jean has made notable achievements in her specialized coverage on health issues as the KING 5 HealthLink reporter. Last month, "25 Things You Can Do To Prevent Cancer," a one-hour HealthLink special, won a regional Emmy award in the Health & Science category. Other HealthLink award winning specials include "A Crown for Kathrina" which won an Excellence in Media and a Clarion award in 2006 and "Breast Cancer: Winning the Battle" also earned a Clarion. In 2005, "Love Your Heart" won a regional Emmy award. Enersen hosts quarterly specials which focus on different cancer topics as part of KING 5's Cancer Free Washington Campaign.
Enersen traveled to Africa with the Gates Foundation to examine global health issues in a documentary called "Sharing the Wealth." She also broadcast live from the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, from the Kosovo war, from Russia and from Japan. She hosted "Asia Now," a weekly KCTS Asian news program seen in 13 Asian countries and 75 United States markets. She also hosted "Sexual Survival," a KING 5 special about sexually transmitted diseases which became the station's highest-rated documentary.
Enersen hosted KING 5's acclaimed "Hostages At Home," a one-hour special on domestic violence. The program was so well received that KING 5 ran three encore broadcasts and it is currently used as an educational tool by hospitals, shelters, police departments and offender recovery groups. Enersen later completed a three part follow-up series entitled "Escape the Abuse" which aired on KING 5 News.
Enersen has worked on several award winning KING 5 specials, including "Mission of Mercy," "Korea: The Dragon Decides," "Living With AIDS," and "Washington 2000," which won a national Dupont-Columbia Award for Journalism. "No Place Like Home," hosted by Enersen, helped raise three million dollars to build the first shelter for Eastside families. In 1988, Enersen was invited to appear live on Soviet television to offer commentary on Soviet society - the first American journalist ever to do so. In 1987, she hosted "Face to Face: US/USSR," a documentary and a joint effort between KING 5 and Soviet television.
Enersen is from the Northwest and has been educated in Seattle area schools including the University of Washington. She graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors, a Masters Degree in Political Science and a Masters Degree in Broadcasting and Film. She also has honorary doctorates from Whitman College and Seattle University. Enersen is a former member of the Board of Trustees of Stanford University and the board of Stanford's think tank at the Hoover Institution.
Enersen began her broadcasting career at KPIX-TV in San Francisco. In 1968 she joined KING 5 and in 1972 was made anchor of the evening news.
She's had the opportunity to interview Presidents and has co-hosted NBC's "Today" Show.
Enersen has earned numerous broadcasting awards including the Best News Anchor Regional Emmy Award, the Northwest AIDS Foundation Community Leadership Award, the Bastyr Award for Health leadership, the Matrix Table for Women of Achievement and the Dupont-Columbia University award for economics reporting. Enersen has also been inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle (Seattle Chapter). In 2006, Enersen was a crucial part of the KING 5 News team that received the prestigious national Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence.
The Seattle Weekly has dubbed Enersen "Our Walter Cronkite," and the Seattle Weekly's annual reader poll has named Enersen "Seattle's Most Trusted Anchor," "Seattle's Best Television Interviewer," "Best Local Journalist/Reporter" and "Best Anchor." Independent research polls have also named Enersen "Seattle's Favorite News Anchor" and "Most Trustworthy News Anchor."
Enersen is active in community service. She is past president of the YWCA of Seattle-King County/Snohomish County, has co-chaired the annual Northwest AIDS Walk, was honorary chair of the King County Boys & Girls Kids Auction and is on the advisory board of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast cancer foundation. She volunteers her time at the University of Washington, United Way, Eastside Domestic Violence Program and the American Heart Association.
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