Jen French

Jen French

March 20, 2017 06:48 PM

Just the Facts


Position: Investigative Reporter

Year Hired at KOB Eyewitness News 4: August 2016

First TV Appearance: WEEK News 25 Peoria, IL as a multimedia journalist intern

Other TV jobs/markets/stations: WZTV Nashville, TN; WSYX/WTTE Columbus, OH; KTEN Denison, TX; WEEK Peoria, IL

Favorite News Stories:  During my time in Nashville, I uncovered a loophole in how prosecutors handle DUI penalties in Tennessee. While in Texas, I did several exclusive reports on a misleading tax petition in Oklahoma. The tax increase petition had several signatures of deceased voters—which at the time was legal in Oklahoma. The story prompted the Tax Petition Transparency Bill, which Governor Mary Fallin signed into law in 2011.

First (Memorable) Reporting Story: While a college undergrad, I interviewed an Illinois artist used recycled bottles to make a glass Christmas tree. The story was picked up by CNN online.

Why I'm A Journalist: I believe in the power of the fourth estate and its ability to uphold democracy. Because my family fled communism, I strongly believe in the freedom of speech.

Favorite thing about New Mexico: I like my food to be so spicy I’m sweating at the table. So, I love chili—all chili.

Hidden Talent: Eating. I love eating.

Dream Job: I’d like to be an Olympic swimmer, but I think I need master the doggie paddle first.

Alma Mater: Bradley University

Hometown:  Cedar Rapids, IA

Height:  5’ 2”

Star Sign: Virgo

Kids: My jack russell shih tzu mix, Ralphie

Pets: Again, my jack russell shih tzu mix, Ralphie

Hobbies: Long distance running, tennis, exploring farmer’s markets, hiking, kayaking,  rock climbing, wakeboarding and reading comedy novels

Favorite Food: Ethiopian Doro Wat, Laotian Larb Gai, Laotian Khao Poon & Sushi

Favorite Musician: I consider Phil Collins to be my boyfriend. When he sings to me on the radio, I sing along.

Favorite color: Rainbow

One thing my co-workers don’t know about me is… I’m a tomboy and I like baseball caps. I had a pixie cut in college. I didn’t know how to apply makeup or dress until a consultant taught me how to at my first TV News job


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