Emmy & Murrow award-winner Jan Jeffcoat, resident of Chevy Chase, joined the WUSA9 news team this fall as the station’s new co-anchor for the 5, 7 and 11 pm newscasts. Previously, Jeffcoat was co-host of national news magazine show The List.
Prior to The List, Jeffcoat spent five years anchoring Good Day Chicago and FOX Chicago News at Noon. While in Chicago, Jeffcoat received an Illinois Associated Press Award for Best Newscast and a 2011 Edward R. Murrow and Emmy award for covering the devastation in Haiti after the earthquakes. She was a Livingston Award Finalist in 2010 for journalists under 35 and she was also involved with Chicago's Children's Miracle Network and garnered an Emmy for her reports with the organization.
Jeffcoat came to Chicago from Houston where she was the morning anchor for FOX 26 Morning News. While there, she received two Emmy Nominations for Best Anchor in 2006 and 2007, Best Feature Story, and two Texas AP awards for Best Anchor. In 2005 and 2006, Jeffcoat received two Star Award Nominations by the American Women of Radio and Television for Best On-Air Personality in Houston.
Jeffcoat’s new home at WUSA9 happened in conjunction with various other changes happening throughout the station. The station completely redesigned their 11 o’clock broadcast to more closely follow the CBS Early Show model, creating a more conversation-based and viewer-friendly program to liven up late night news.
WUSA9’s goal of making the news more viewer-friendly and engaging is also displayed through the creation of a new website, tellwusa9.com. This site allows users to interact with the show, comment on news, and at times, generate news stories themselves that will be discussed on-air.