Jesse Merrick

Jesse Merrick is a sports anchor and reporter for WAAY.

Title: Sports Anchor & Reporter

Sports have always been a huge part of my life. For as long as I can remember I've been on a team of some sort and since I love telling stories, the choice to pursue a career in broadcast journalism seemed to be the perfect fit. I realized in college my football career would end at Azusa Pacific University because I had no shot of fulfilling my childhood dream of playing in the NFL. Having said that, I learned so much throughout my time as a wide receiver at APU and still find myself referring back to the lessons I learned on the football field on a daily basis.

Upon graduating from Azusa Pacific University in 2012, I started working at ABC7 in Los Angeles as a production assistant for both the sports and news departments. I had the amazing opportunity to cover the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Anaheim Angels and LA Kings during their seasons in 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 when they won the Stanley Cup. I worked at ABC7 for about two and a half years in various positions, eventually leaving as an assignment editor. During my last eight months in my home state of California I also worked on the assignment desk at the NFL Network. Juggling two jobs made my social life non-existent but I had dreams of landing an on-air job, so I did whatever I could to learn as much as possible.

August of 2014, I accepted my first TV job as the weekend sports anchor/reporter at KREX in Grand Junction, Colorado. This was a big move for a kid who had never lived outside of California but my two years in Grand Junction were some of the most transformative years of my life to this point. I also had the opportunity to cover the Denver Broncos for their run to a Super Bowl Championship in 2015, a pair of Winter X Games in Aspen, the Colorado Rockies, one of their minor league teams in Grand Junction, the Junior College World Series and Colorado Mesa University, so I'd say those things were pretty cool too.

That's what brought me here to WAAY 31 in Huntsville as the sports director and I've loved my time here in North Alabama. My favorite part about sports fans in the south is the passion for your teams, whether it's high schools, Bama, Auburn, the Vols, UNA, Alabama A&M or UAH, the passion is unmatched. For that reason, you make my job so much fun and I look forward to bringing you anything and everything sports related in my time here in the Tennessee Valley.

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