Jennifer Jordan is leaving her hometown for a shot at regular anchoring. Jordan, who left WPIX last Friday, is joining Fox’s WJW in Cleveland.
“I wanted to get to do anchoring again,” Jordan tells FishbowlNY. “I love being on the streets and telling stories as well.”
Jordan says the Cleveland opportunity was the perfect fit, as she’ll be noon anchor and reporter for 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. nightly newscasts.
Primarily known for her no-nonsense approach covering stories on the street, Jordan had been a freelance reporter with Channel 11 since 2009.
Jordan, a Peekskill native, started out as an anchor at News 12 Westchester. The seven-year run ended in 2002 when she was named Channel 2 Westchester correspondent. Four years later, Jordan took her talents to WWOR/Channel 9 as reporter and weekend anchor. She also gained more visibility for sister station WNYW/Channel 5, including a standout moment.
“I anchored with Ernie Anastos, which was one of the highlights of my career,” Jordan says.
While excited to start anew along the shores of Lake Erie, the hometown girl pulls no punches wishing the outcome could have been different.
“If there is an opportunity [that] presented itself where I would be able to anchor again here, I definitely would give it a second thought,” Jordan admits. “…I may be in Cleveland for the next 20 years or I may be in Cleveland for two contract cycles.
“[If] I would be able to return home, that would be great.”
But, Jordan isn’t planning her return to New York before even starting in Cleveland next week.
“When a great opportunity like this presents itself you definitely do not turn it down,” Jordan says.
Although no relatives reside in Cleveland, one of Jordan’s best friends from college lives in the well-known suburb of Shaker Heights. And at her station, Jordan already has been receiving an open arms welcome.
“It’s like I’m going from one family to another,” Jordan says.