Jason Whitely

Jason Whitely

Jason Whitely is a Senior News Reporter at WFAA-TV and host of Inside Texas Politics, a weekly political show which airs Sunday at 9:00 a.m. on Channel 8.

Based in the Dallas newsroom, he regularly develops story ideas for the 10:00 p.m. newscast. If you have one, please email him at the address above.

Over his 24 year career, Jason has reported extensively on immigration and security issues along the U.S. – Mexico border, witnessed three executions of prison inmates on Texas’ Death Row, broken new developments in the American Airlines bankruptcy and merger with US Airways, led station coverage on the collapse of Enron and criminal trial of its executives, and covered the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, along with Pope John Paul II’s visit to the U.S. in 1999.

Jason has also covered nine hurricanes including Katrina which crippled New Orleans in 2005. In addition, he traveled to Honduras with the Missouri National Guard as soldiers helped rebuild that Latin American country after the devastating strike by Hurricane Mitch.

While reporting in Houston, Jason reported on the space shuttle program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. For several years, he regularly interviewed astronauts before and after their missions. He also piloted the space shuttle simulator which astronauts used to train.

Jason and his family enjoy traveling having visited more than 169 cities in 21 countries on six continents.

His peers have honored him with 16 Emmy Awards, two Edward R. Murrow Awards and two dozen others from the Associated Press in Tennessee, Illinois, and Texas, along with the Houston Press Club, the Dallas Press Club, the Texas Medical Association, the Missouri Broadcasters Association, and the Tennessee School Boards Association.

In 2010, he won the Emmy for Best General Assignment Reporter. Five years earlier, he won the Emmy for Best News Reporter in Texas. In 2004, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters named Jason - Reporter of the Year.

Whitely earned a B.A. in Political Science from Western Kentucky University.

Prior to coming to Dallas, Jason worked for KHOU-TV, Channel 11 in Houston, KMOV-TV, Channel 4 in St. Louis and started his career at WKRN-TV, Channel 2, in Nashville.

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