Jadiann Thompson, who has worked as a multi-media journalist/fill-in anchor at KPHO-TV in Phoenix since April 2011, will continue reporting duties while also anchoring the 6 p.m. news at 41 Action News, according to an announcement by Brian Bracco, Vice President and General Manager of KSHB/KMCI-TV.
Her first day on the air will be April 22.
Thompson will co-anchor the 6 p.m. news with veteran anchor Mark Clegg, who will also be anchoring the 4 p.m. news (starting Monday), the 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. news (all with Christa Dubill).
Thompson will be filling the big shoes of Elizabeth Alex at 6 p.m. with the veteran anchor leaving that post in February.
“It will be a challenge to sit in the same chair as a trusted name like Elizabeth Alex, but I plan to earn the viewers’ respect,” says Thompson. “I want to be someone you see not only behind the anchor desk, but in the community as well. I can’t wait to get started.”
In her career Thompson has been on the front lines of many breaking news events. She was there when Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords made her final public appearance prior to stepping down from office, and has covered numerous stories involving Arizona’s hot-button immigration reform and controversial Sherriff Joe Arpaio.
She also spent two weeks in the middle of the Wallow fire, the largest wildfire in Arizona history.
“Jadiann has a great ability to connect with the viewer and will bring an infectious energy to KSHB-TV,” said KSHB News Director Carrie Hofmann.
Thompson grew up working at her father’s landscaping business in Northwest Arkansas. She graduated from the University of Arkansas, majoring in Broadcast Journalism and her first job out of college took her to Madrid, Spain, where she taught English as a second language. She also interned on Capitol Hill.
From there, she took her first job in the television business at KTWO-TV in Casper, Wyoming, quickly working her way up from Multimedia Journalist, to Executive Producer/Anchor for the weekday 5, 6 and 10 pm newscasts. She also spent time as Assistant News Director for the station.