Jen Wahl joined the News 4 team in April 2011. She comes from sunny Phoenix, AZ, by way of Boise, ID.
She grew up in Gilbert, AZ, an east valley suburb of Phoenix. Jen attended Arizona State University (Go Devils!) She first earned a Bachelors in elementary education, before pursuing her Master's in broadcast journalism at ASU's Walter Cronkite School. Jen credits the sixth grade class she student taught, with inspiring her to follow journalism.
While at Arizona State, Jen was a reporter and producer for the award winning Cronkite NewsWatch. Her favorite memories were traveling down to the AZ/Mexico border to cover immigration, heading west to Los Angeles for one of the biggest gang crackdowns in the city's history and flying half-way across the world to cover border and immigration issues in South Africa. The 30-minute documentary "South Africa at the Crossroads of Hate and Hope," Jen produced and reported in, recently won a NATAS Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter Emmy Award.
From Phoenix, Jen moved to Boise with her five pound Yorkie Chloey and new husband, Brian. She was a multi-media journalist at the CBS station. Jen worked as the morning reporter and fill-in weather anchor in Boise for two years. She was named Rookie of the Year by the Idaho Press Club in 2009 and recently took third place in the Idaho Press Club awards, for a feature story she did about a coyote that decided to make the downtown Boise streets its home.
In April 2011, Jen became the newest edition to the News 4 weather team and couldn't be happier. She loves getting up early and telling Northern Nevada residents what conditions they can expect for the day. Jen plans on attending weather school in the fall, to further her career and become a meteorologist. In her free time, Jen enjoys cooking with her husband, running, Bikram Yoga, hiking, biking, playing the piano, dancing, swimming, shopping, sleeping, catching up on ridiculous reality TV, taking pictures and exploring all of the sights around Reno and nearby cities.
If you have any great weather pictures, observations or a story idea, contact Jen at jwahl@MyNews4.com.