Jay graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Broadcasting and minors in English and Geography.
WJRD (PAX) Tuscaloosa, AL 1998
WTOC (CBS) Savannah, GA 1999-2001
WPTV (NBC) WPB, FL 2002-Present
Jay has been in South Florida for over a decade working for WPTV as a reporter and anchor. He has won multiple Associated Press awards along with multiple nominations for Emmy awards. In December of 2008 Jay won a Suncoast Emmy for “Wounded Warriors.” The piece was shot on location in Bonaire in August of 2007 highlighting a group of single and double amputee soldiers who were diving for the first time since returning from war. The story was aired as part of Jay’s series “Underwater Wednesday’s” which featured and promoted stories surrounding coral reef and ocean awareness. That series also earned Jay a community service award from the US Coral Reef Task Force in 2004 for increasing public awareness on coral reef conservation. As an avid diver Jay has drifted in ocean currents over multiple wrecks and reefs in the Keys, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Bora Bora, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, St. Thomas, The Dominican Republic and South Florida.
Jay has covered a wide range of stories in his career as a journalist. He took the ride of his life in 2000 when he flew with the Blue Angel's in preparation for a South Carolina air show. He was one of the first reporters to hit the ground in Haiti hours after the disastrous earthquake of January 2010 and was on the white sand beaches of the Florida panhandle that same year following the devastating Gulf oil spill. Jay covered the hurricanes of 2004 and 2005 which battered South Florida. He also covered the most personal story of his career in 2005 when he traveled back home to help his family dig out and recover during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He anchored live coverage outside the Palm Beach County Courthouse everyday during the trial of polo mogul John Goodman in March of 2011.
When Jay's not logging dive time he enjoys running, surfing, swimming, biking and his favorite hobby being a father. He and his wife Kelly have a son named Cruz who will turn 3 in July and they welcomed their daughter Ella into the world last September. They also rescued a 170 pound Great Dane (their gentle giant) named Jake from the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast. On Saturday's in the Fall Jay enjoys watching Alabama football. Roll Tide! Jay completed Jupiter’s Loggerhead Sprint Triathlon in 2014 and plans to compete again this year. Jay serves as chairman of the board for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and helps out several local organizations including the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Palm Beach County’s Business Development Board, Arc of Palm Beach County and the Alzheimer's Association Southeast Florida Chapter.