Josh Jackson - Reporter

Published: Friday, October 25, 2019 @ 9:43 AM

Josh Jackson

Josh Jackson is a Mississippi Gulf Coast native and gained a love for broadcasting at Orange Lake Elementary when he was first introduced to journalism. He later graduated from Moss Point High School and attended Belhaven University on a football scholarship. Jackson played defensive back for the Blazers’ football team and served on the student life team in various capacities. He is the 2018 recipient of Belhaven University's Young Alumnus of the Year Award for his broadcasting accomplishments and work in the community.

Josh started off at WAPT as a senior in college, beginning as a news photojournalist and eventually became Sports Director. He's won a regional Emmy Award as well as several AP Awards in the category of "best sportscast" for his work producing and hosting the #1 high school football show (Blitz 16) in Mississippi during his tenure and other college football specials. 

Some of his most memorable stories include covering First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Mississippi, Kim Kardashian and her fragrance debut, Super Bowl XLVII and UConn’s 111-game winning streak snapped by the Mississippi State women’s basketball team in the (2017) Final Four.

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Where were you born? Pascagoula, Mississippi 



Where did you grow up? I grew up on the Gulf Coast in Mississippi and Alabama. 



What was your favorite TV show then? Martin 



What was the first thing you ever wanted to be? I grew up wanting to be a coach or a teacher, if not both. 



How might someone have described you in high school? Most people would describe me as a reserved, charismatic person. I know, it seems like an oxymoron. To explain – I am an introvert so I do like my alone time and thoroughly enjoy recharging when I’m by myself but I love being around people when I am in public and thrive in those situations as well. 



Were you involved in any high school sports? In high school I played basketball, football and ran track up until 10th grade. I played football only after that. 



What was your first journalism job? My first journalism job was at WAPT TV-16. I was hired during my senior of college as a photojournalist. 



What do you like about your job? I enjoy getting to tell other people’s stories and the research that comes with my job every day. I feel like I know a little bit about everything because the topics I’ve covered during my time as a journalist have run the gamut. 



What don’t you like about your job? I don’t like dealing with the elements at times but that’s not too big of a deal. 



If not working, what could someone find you doing on a weekend on your time off? You can usually find me at home watching sports or reading unless one of my co-workers have invited me out somewhere, which happens a lot because they do an excellent job of making me feel included. I love them! 



What might people be surprised to know about you? People might be surprised to know that I am a former Sports Director/Anchor and that this is my first official job in news. 



What would be a perfect day for you? A perfect day for me would be sunny and 72 on the beach with seafood for dinner with a slice of sweet potato pie. 



What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Meteorologist? To watch McCall, Kirstie, Dontae, Jesse and Molly. They are all great! 






Favorite book: The Bible – it is my roadmap for life. 


Favorite CBS show: The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert 



Favorite food: Anything seafood related. I love snow crabs and Alaskan cod. 



Favorite hobby: Reading & watching documentaries 



Favorite movie: “Love Don’t Cost a Thing” ….I had my “struggle years” just like Alvin Johnson before I became comfortable being myself and gained much needed self-confidence. Another reason I like the movie so much is because I grew up having a mad crush on Christina Milian. The Lion King is a close #2 for “favorite movie.” 



Favorite music: Christian/Gospel is what keeps me uplifted; R&B/Blues gets me going. 



Favorite travel destination: Los Angeles

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