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Longtime TV Exec Retiring from KSEE 24/CBS 47
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By David Taub, Senior Reporter
Published 2 weeks ago on
July 5, 2024

J.R. Jackson (right) announced his retirement after nearly 50 years in the broadcast industry. (LinkedIn)

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J.R. Jackson is leaving the building as the KSEE 24/CBS 47 vice president and general manager.

Jackson, a veteran executive who worked at the Nexstar duopoly since 2019, announced his retirement in an email to staff.

“After almost 48 years in broadcasting, it is time to relax and explore the next frontier. It has been the highlight of my career to work with everyone on our team who make up the Nexstar Nation and the great people and partnerships here in Fresno,” Jackson wrote.

“I will still be around for a couple of weeks, plenty of work to be done. With deep gratitude!” he wrote.

Jackson’s last day is Aug. 2. He replaced Matthew Roesenfeld, who received a Nexstar promotion to the regional level.

This was Jackson’s second stint working in the Fresno market. He worked as KMPH Fox 26’s general sales manager for nearly a decade from 2005 until 2014. Jackson also had stops in Dallas (yes, a J.R. in Dallas), San Francisco, Sacramento, and Eugene, Oregon.

Jackson plans to retire to Cameron Park, a town east of Sacramento.

Want to run KSEE 24/CBS 47? Nexstar posted the job online.

Two Young Reporters join KSEE 24/CBS 47, ABC 30

Two Fresno TV stations groups hired new reporters, with the trend going younger.

KSEE 24/CBS 47 hired Sydney Charles (left), and ABC 30 hired Brisa Colon. (GV Wire Composite)

Brisa Colon started at ABC 30 last month. The 2022 Cal State Fullerton graduate previously worked at KSBW in Salinas. Her bio also states she is a karate black belt and 2017 national champion, competing on the U.S. national team.

Sydney Charles announced she is headed to KSEE 24/CBS 47 from KXLY-TV in Spokane, Washington, where she has worked for two years. The Southern California native attended UC Irvine and USC.

The Fresno TV market (ranked 54th by size) used to be a place where journalists with three to four years’ experience would be hired. Often, anchors and reporters would jump to larger markets after a few years.

With recent TV hires, many have two years experience, if not less (KSEE 24/CBS 47 hired Jennifer Zucker recently out of college).

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David Taub,
Senior Reporter
Curiosity drives David Taub. The award-winning journalist might be shy, but feels mighty with a recorder in his hand. He doesn't see it his job to "hold public officials accountable," but does see it to provide readers (and voters) the information needed to make intelligent choices. Taub has been honored with several writing awards from the California News Publishers Association. He's just happy to have his stories read. Joining GV Wire in 2016, Taub covers politics, government and elections, mainly in the Fresno/Clovis area. He also writes columns about local eateries (Appetite for Fresno), pro wrestling (Off the Bottom Rope), and media (Media Man). Prior to joining the online news source, Taub worked as a radio producer for KMJ and PowerTalk 96.7 in Fresno. He also worked as an assignment editor for KCOY-TV in Santa Maria, California, and KSEE-TV in Fresno. He has also worked behind the scenes for several sports broadcasts, including the NCAA basketball tournament, and the Super Bowl. When not spending time with his family, Taub loves to officially score Fresno Grizzlies games. Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, Taub is a die-hard Giants and 49ers fan. He graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. Go Blue! You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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