Jean Jadhon anchors the Emmy award winning 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. news on WDBJ7 (CBS) in Southwest and Central Virginia. She also anchors news segments during the lifestyle show 7@four weekdays for your Hometown Station and reports news from the field.
Jean won the Virginias' Associated Press Broadcasters "Best Anchor" award in 2019 and 2017. She has been nominated for multiple Regional Emmys including for: reports on the Virginia man who underwent the world's most extensive facial transplant, the special "Not So Sweet: The Truth About Diabetes," anchoring coverage of tornadoes in Southwest Virginia, live field anchoring coverage of President Trump's visit to Liberty University, "From Glenvar to the Grammys," the story of a Roanoke County native's country music success, and most recently for her anchoring work to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D Day.
Jean is a native of central New York State and started her career as a reporter in Binghamton, New York, before heading to Syracuse, New York, as a reporter for the ABC affiliate. Jean's work then brought her to the Gulf Coast of Florida where she anchored and produced the weekday 10 o'clock news in the Fort Myers-Naples market.
One of the most challenging days in Jean's career was April 16, 2007, when a gunman opened fire on the Virginia Tech Campus. Jean and her co-anchor Keith Humphry broadcast live on the air for ten hours with no commercial breaks. WDBJ7's live coverage was carried by CNN and CNN International.
"We were learning about the events as we were broadcasting. It was an emotional day," Jadhon said. "This was a day we put everything we had ever learned to use. We really hope our coverage helped in some way as we all dealt with this unfolding tragedy as a community."
Jean covered Barack Obama's presidential campaign visits to Virginia and was the only reporter invited backstage for a one-on-one interview with Obama during his Roanoke visit in 2008. She also covered Mitt Romney's presidential campaign in 2012 and Donald Trump's campaign visits to Virginia in 2016. Jean moderated the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial debate carried on C-Span and the Democratic primary gubernatorial debate in 2017 carried statewide.
Jean is a graduate of St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York, and earned her Masters Degree in 2007 from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. She teaches Media Writing at Virginia Tech, and has also taught Broadcast News Writing at Hollins University and Public Speaking at Virginia Western Community College.
Jean enjoys spending time with family and friends, loves her Coton de tulear, Sammy, has a weakness for shopping and fashion, loves swimming for exercise and has always cheered on the Syracuse Orangemen.