Even though he wakes up earlier than the birds, Jacob Long is a proud member of the Good Morning Jacksonville team at First Coast News. He joined the station as a multimedia journalist in January 2013. That means Jacob not only researches and writes his own stories, but he shoots and edits them as well. You can watch Jacob report live during the week from 4:30 to 7:00 a.m. and then again at noon.
Jacob comes to Jacksonville from Bloomington, Illinois, where he worked at WMBD 31 News as an anchor and reporter for just about four years. He is incredibly thankful to Gannett and the management team at First Coast News for allowing him to pursue his dream while working in the Sunshine State. This is the one and only instance when Jacob is just fine with his career going South!
Having grown up just outside St. Louis, Missouri, Jacob is a true Midwesterner at heart. He cheers for the Cardinals, Rams and Blues, but his fear of heights prevent him from enjoying what he assumes is a beautiful view atop of the St. Louis Arch. It was in the Gateway City, though, that Jacob got his first taste of television news. His grandma often took him to KSDK NewsChannel 5 to stand at the "Window on St. Louis" so he could see the station's newscasts in action. From then on, Jacob knew exactly what he wanted to do.
Jacob graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Illinois State University. Go Redbirds! While there, he got involved with a television program on campus called TV-10 News. Jacob won multiple awards as a student journalist for his work in the program as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. His fondest memory from TV-10 actually happened far, far away from I.S.U. in Washington D.C. Jacob was fortunate enough to cover the first Inauguration of President Barack Obama.
Jacob has gone on to cover many extremely significant stories, some of which have made national headlines. He was the first live reporter on the ground after a family of five was found murdered in a tiny central Illinois town. He got the rare opportunity to fly with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds and is not afraid to admit that yes, he got sick. More recently, Jacob spent several days reporting live from the murder trials of George Zimmerman and a Georgia teenager who was sentenced to life for murdering a toddler in his stroller.
Now, Jacob is looking forward to getting involved in his new community and telling your story. Do not hesitate to say hello to him if you see him around. Jacob loves running and dining out in Riverside or Avondale and spending time at the beach. Connect with him on Twitter at @JacobLong_FCN or on Facebook.
E-mail Jacob at firstname.lastname@example.org