Biographical Brief – Jane Mitchell
The 26-time Emmy® Award-winning Jane Mitchell is an accomplished broadcast journalist who is active in her community and supports many charitable causes including ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease.) Her passion for storytelling stems from her growing up in a Navy family, traveling the world and being encouraged by her mother, who was a teacher, to write about her experiences.
In 2010, while still full-time at Channel 4 San Diego, she ventured into an independent project and new dimension of her career by writing and releasing a book One on One – My Journey with Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites and Rising Stars. Even though Jane has won many awards for her television work, she calls both the television show and writing the book about it, a labor of love. The book is a finalist in the San Diego Book Awards (to be announced in June 2011).
Since 1997, Jane has been producing and anchoring One on One with Jane Mitchell, giving viewers an in-depth look at San Diego’s top sports figures from young stars to veterans and Hall of Famers. She was never a big sports fan, but fell in love with baseball at her first spring training in ’97. She brings her newfound appreciation for baseball and football to the show, but more than that, peels back the layers of a player’s often rough and tough game-day façade, to reveal their many layers of struggle, success, triumph and tragedy, humor and humility that make them who they are on and off the field. Their vulnerability and strength are revealed in a way that is both appreciated by the players, and welcomed by new and die-hard fans, alike. The shows, and the book, transcend a uniform.
Nearly 100 shows are in the archives with interviews of such favorites and greats including Ken Caminiti, Tim Flannery, Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Jerry Coleman, Ted Williams, Jake Peavy, Ryan Klesko, Doug Flutie, LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees, Dave Roberts and Adrian Gonzalez. Those and more are featured in the book.
Jane is busy on many fronts, as a feature reporter for the Padres Honda pre-game show, the Postgame show and co-hosts the in-depth interview program Forefront as well as the annual Holiday Bowl Parade.
She is happy to be working in her hometown. She is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego with Political Science honors and has a Master of Science in Journalism from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. She began her career in Wichita Falls, Texas and Tulsa, Oklahoma, reporting on everything from teacher strikes to tornadoes. She returned home as a producer and reporter at KNSD-TV and then joined Cox Communications to produce and report for a special channel for the Republican National Convention in San Diego. She was then hired to help create Channel 4 San Diego before its launch in 1997.
Jane volunteers at various community events and is Board Chairman of the ALS Association, Greater San Diego Chapter, in honor of her father who died of Lou Gehrig’s Disease. She enjoys working out, playing the piano and playing tourist and traveler in San Diego and around the world. While she wrote three children’s books in her formative years and has been a broadcast journalist for more than 20 years, this is her first published book.