Jake Burns (Journalist) Biography, WTVR CBS 6 and Awards

Jake Burns Biography

Jake Burns is an American multimedia journalist and anchor who works for WTVR CBS 6 News in Richmond, Virginia as a reporter. He covers breaking stories, Virginia politics, consumer alerts, reports on the courts’ system and occasional animal stories as well as anchors Sundays 11 pm newscast.

Jake Burns Education

Burns is a graduate of Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee.

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Burns began working at WTVR when he got an internship opportunity in the sports department in 2010 to early 2011. He is a sports fanatic who supports the Oxford comma. After his internship programme, he went back to college and graduated. WTVR then hired him as a photojournalist.

Burns’ breakthrough at WTVR came in January 2013 when he began reporting in Richmond full-time. He has since reported on some of the biggest stories from Central Virginia, live. They include the news coverage of former Governor McDonnell’s corruption trial, the Wallops Island rocket explosion, and the shooting at the Naval Yard in DC. Burns has also reported for CBS 6 on the inauguration of President Trump, and Super Bowl 50 in San Fransisco.

In 2016, which was an election year in the U.S., Burns led CBS 6 on covering the election, reporting live from the Vice Presidential debate as well as New York City on election night. In the same year in February, Burns became a news anchor on the 11 pm Sunday newscast weekly.

He says his work is mostly a “one man band” hence, he writes, edits and shoots his own pieces on deadline. Burns is also trained to operate ENG live vehicles in the field by himself.

Jake Burns' Photo
Jake Burns’ Photo

Jake Burns Awards

In the span of his career in the journalism world, Burns has won several awards for his work:

  • One National Press Photographers Association regional award for a piece he did in January 2013
  • Three regional Emmy awards
  • In 2012, he was named as Richmond Magazine’s “Best New Face on TV”.

Jake Burns Works

Some of the stories by Jake Burns as illustrated by Muck Rack include:

Aunt of 5-year-old shot in head hopes for conviction after arrest

wtvr.com — When you see recent videos or pictures of Kemiyah Edwards, it is hard to imagine what the five-year old as been through over the past two months. “I’m telling you, this girl is blessed. She is seriously blessed,” Sherecka Harris, Kemiyah’s aunt, said. “She’s a fighter, she’s strong-willed.” Even the kindergartener’s helmet that she has to wear 24 hours a day is decorated with stickers. Written on 9th June 2019.

Analyzing the skill set Julian Fleming brings to Ohio State — Film Room

cleveland.com — By Jake Burns, special to cleveland.com | Posted June 08, 2019 at 12:28 PM Julian Fleming brings a wealth of talent to Ohio State beginning in 2020. (Sean Simmers, pennlive.com) COLUMBUS, Ohio — Working on his first full recruiting class as the active Ohio State head coach, Ryan Day received a big boost on May 31 with the commitment of a five-star prospect, and the nation’s No. 1 receiver in the class of 2020, in Julian Fleming.

Democrats and Republicans split over gun violence prevention after Virginia Beach shooting

wtvr.com — Four days after a mass shooting in Virginia Beach, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) called for a special session of the General Assembly in order for state lawmakers to address gun violence. While the details of the session are still being worked out, it appears Virginia Democrats and Republicans have very different ideas on what measures to take up, leading some to wonder if anything will get done. Written on 6th June 2019