Jason Austell joined the crew of NBC 7 News Today in October 2007. After 15 years of reporting traffic and breaking news from the skies above San Diego, Jason hung up his headphones and soon took over the morning anchor position alongside Marianne Kushi. From brush fires to rescues and high-speed police chases, Jason's covered it all. As an anchor he's able to draw on his experience from thousands of flight hours. Jason knows San Diego's history, topography and infrastructure in a way most people can only imagine. "No amount of classroom or book time could possibly compare to that type of uniquely local experience", he says. "When I first started on the morning show I was really amazed by the crew", Austell reflects. "I still think one of the best elements of the show is the people the viewers rarely get to see. The producers, directors, writers and technicians here make getting up early and coming to work a lot of fun."
Jason grew up the son of a Navy aviator who commanded fighter squadrons and even a Naval Air Station. While he always considered San Diego his home, life in a military family had Jason moving frequently. He attended high schools in northern Virginia and New Orleans before graduating from San Pasqual in Escondido. Jason enjoys surfing, trail running and ice hockey. He and his wife, Moji, live in La Jolla where she has owned a pilates studio for many years.
Drop Jason a line at Jason.Austell@nbcuni.com.
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