Griff Jenkins Biography
Griff Jenkins [full name] William Griffin Jenkins, is an American media personality and producer born on 15th December 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He works as a news correspondent and producer on Fox News Channel and occasionally co-hosts Fox & Friends.
He graduated from the Memphis University School in 1989 and later joined the University of Mississippi graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Griff Jenkins Age
Jenkins was born on 15th December 1970 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is 47 years old as of 2017.
Griff Jenkins Wife
Jenkins is married to Kathleen Jenkins since the year 2000. The couple haS two daughters: Madeline and Mackenzie and resides in Washington D.C.
Griff Jenkins Children
Jenkins is a father of two: daughters Madeline Jenkins and Mackenzie Jenkins.
Griff Jenkins Salary and Net worth
Griff has an estimated net worth of $1 million but his salary has not been revealed.
Griff Jenkins Career
After graduating from the University of Mississippi, he interned for Don Sundquist, the then member of the US House of Representatives for Tennessee and formed a friendship with Colonel Oliver North and went to Iraq as an “embedded” cameraman. In 1993, he joined Salem Radio Network as an associate producer for Oliver North’s War Stories and produced the syndicated radio program Common Sense Radio with Oliver North.
In 2003, he joined Fox News Channel as a radio producer. He has also worked as a producer for he Tony Snow Radio Program until 2006 when Tony took up the role of White House Press Secretary. Jenkins is an occasional co-host on Fox & Friends Weekend and was a frequent guest on Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, a late night news program.
Griff Jenkins Shoulder
On 29th April 2018, Griff appeared on the Sunday episode of Fox & Friends wearing a sling. He had dislocated his shoulder on Saturday (28th April) during a ‘Fox & Friends’ episode. The crew had gone out to The Plaza for some fun and games.
Jenkins competed against Pete playing catch like the dogs, Jenkins dived in the pool with his suit to catch the toy and subsequently dislocated his shoulder.
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That’s quite a leap — graduating from MUS to working for Oliver North.
Griff Jenkins: I really fell in love with Washington, D.C., and got a job there at a radio station. The Colonel had lost his Senate bid — this was in 1994 — and had started a radio show, and I was hired as a produ cer’s assistant.
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What was North like?
Griff Jenkins: I really liked him and appreciated him. He brought me on board and that led to the greatest opportunity of my life, when I was asked to go along as Ollie’s cameraman during the invasion of Iraq. You got a front-row seat to be around true American heroes, whose sacrifice, dedication, and professionalism was incredible. And your job was to document their daily heroics.
Being in Iraq for three months, you must have had some close calls.
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Griff Jenkins: One time a helicopter had gone down behind mine. I had originally been scheduled to be on that one. Ollie didn’t learn for hours that I hadn’t been killed, and he opened his show by talking about the cost of war, and how his own cameraman had been killed. Then came the relief that it wasn’t me, but then came the reality that it was somebody else’s best friend who had died.
But you’ve had your lighter moments in broadcasting. You once went on the air in — Speedos?
Griff Jenkins: Oh no, you never know what they are going to put on your tombstone when you’re dead and gone! During the Olympics there was all that craze about [Gold-medal swimmer] Michael Phelps and his super-svelte Speedo, so I put on a Speedo and went outside our building in Times Square and asked people what they thought of it. The Olympics committee later banned the super-skimpy Speedo suits.
Probably after they saw you wearing it.
Griff Jenkins: Oh, no, I doubt it.
We’ve all seen Broadcast News with Holly Hunter and know the last-minute crises that can happen. Any stories to tell?
Griff Jenkins: In broadcast, you have to be a special, twisted sort of person to deal with the pressure. When they turn that camera on, things do happen, but you gotta go. But Oliver North used to tell me, “It’s not a crisis until you hold a dying man in your arms.”
Has that actually happened to you?
Griff Jenkins: When I was one of North’s producers, we were doing live broadcasts from Iraq. There was a young marine, he takes a shrapnel wound, and our helicopter is evacuating him. We go down in a sandstorm, the marines jump out to make sure we don’t get killed, and the medic says, “Just tend to this man. Talk to him, say anything, just to keep him alive.” And I think to myself, it’s just like Ollie says, and I’ve got a dying man in my arms. It puts things in perspective.
How did it work out for the guy?
Griff Jenkins: He ended up making it out of there and doing fine. And a year later, when his rotation came up, he was back in the theater.
What’s the best part about your job?
Griff Jenkins: I’m just fortunate enough to work for great broadcasters like Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, and Greta Van Susteren. They are the nicest, coolest people ever. I was in town [in September] for my 20th high school reunion, and friends say, ‘We saw you on Bill O’Reilly!’ For a kid from Memphis, the pride and smile was as big as the Grand Canyon.
What’s next for Griff Jenkins?
Griff Jenkins: My mom says, “Remember that contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you have.” I just hope to grow and do things that will help Fox continue to be fair and balanced and the most trusted source of news.
Do you still come back to Memphis?
Griff Jenkins: Not as much as I used to. My parents moved to Florida, so that’s where I go for family things. But this summer, I FedEx’d Rendezvous ribs to Washington and my friends were like, “These ribs are incredible.” And I have one other link to my hometown, too — my Jack Russell terrier, Elvis. He’s my right-hand man. I never go anywhere without Elvis.