Jenna Bourne Biography
Jenna Bourne is an American journalist who is an award-winning investigative and general assignment reporter whose work has spurred change on the national and state level. She joined the Action News Jax team on July 2015. Jenna won the Florida Associated Press Award for Reporter in a Medium TV Market in 2018 and 2017. She was a finalist for the award in 2016 and 2015. Six people have gone to jail after Jenna’s investigations at Action News Jax.
Jenna Bourne Age
Bourne is 27 years old but her date of birth is not specified. We will update the information as soon as possible.
Jenna Bourne Education
Bourne graduated summa cum laude from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a concentration in Political Science in 2011.
Jenna Bourne Career
Her investigative series into a moving company that was stranding military families across the country without their belongings prompted action from U.S. Senator. Now the national agency that handles military families’ moves is making changes.
Jenna’s undercover investigation into unlicensed cosmetic procedures caused the Florida Dept. of Health to make a statewide change.
She was Action News Jax’s lead reporter covering the federal fraud trial of former Congresswoman Corrine Brown. Jenna went undercover to expose local roofing contractors breaking laws meant to keep workers from falling. She also found out the cost of workers’ falls could fall back on homeowners.
Her award-winning nine-month investigation into a Jacksonville inmate’s death revealed how the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office used a controversial restraint chair in half of all uses of force inside the jail — three times more often than a comparable agency.
Jenna’s investigation into the finances and failures of Jacksonville hotspot Latitude 360 exposed unpaid taxes, shady business practices, and accusations of investor fraud. The company’s president resigned the day after one of Jenna’s investigations aired on Action News Jax.
Before moving to Jacksonville, Jenna was the Greenville, S.C. Bureau Chief at WSPA-TV from 2013 to 2015. During her time there, her six-month investigation into how South Carolina was unknowingly licensing sex offenders to be chiropractors and residential plumbers led to the state agency changing its licensing practices, three state investigations, and a state senator introducing a bill to change the law.
Before her two years in Greenville, Jenna was a multimedia journalist at WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wisconsin from 2011 to 2013. While in La Crosse, her reporting on the deadly trend of heroin flooding the community won an Associated Press Award for Hard News and Northwest Broadcast News Association Awards of Merit for Investigative Reporting and Hard News.
She also had the opportunity to cover the historic recall election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and the union fights surrounding it, including a one-on-one interview with Walker the day after the opposition turned in enough signatures to hold the election.
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Jenna Bourne, a 27-year-old reporter for CBS47/Fox30 Action News Jax, has gotten a good amount of attention with the tweet above. In her line of work, Bourne says interview subjects quite often ask her for a peek at the questions she’s going to ask. “It’s normally people who haven’t done [interviews] before and are nervous. I never do it for anybody,” she says.
Especially for a presidential campaign.
The way Bourne tells it, she was working with the Trump campaign on logistics for an interview with Donald Trump Monday morning, in conjunction with a rally in St. Augustine, Fla. As Bourne understood things, she’d been greenlighted to interview the candidate. The arrangements were detailed enough, says Bourne, that the Trump people had even asked for her personal information, including date of birth and Social Security number.
The requests from the Trump campaign came either over the phone or in person, she says, so there’s no written record of the Trump campaign’s request for the questions, she says. In any case, the nature of the interaction changed after Bourne refused to provide the campaign with her questions, she tells this blog. “I can’t say for sure that they decided not to do the interview because I wouldn’t send them the questions. All I can say is that’s when they started ghosting me,” says Bourne. David Chiokadze, the Florida deputy communications director for the Trump campaign, made the request, she says. “I told him we don’t do that for anyone,” Bourne tells this blog.
Correct: News organizations don’t, or shouldn’t, share such information — which is the reason that a hacked email showing that Democratic National Committee official and former CNN contributor Donna Brazile had passed along a question for a CNN-TV One town hall event to the Clinton campaign caused such a furor. Though this blog has covered the coverage of Trump since the start of his campaign, we haven’t encountered many instances of question-requesting. Perhaps this is just an example of organizational disarray. After all, Bourne says she was getting three different signals from three different Trump officials as she went about pursuing the interview.
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