Jeff Platt is an award-winning television journalist applauded for his coverage of spot news, serious and light feature stories, and government & politics. Most recently he was awarded two Golden Mikes by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California.
After five years of working in the field Jeff has grown from a young reporter into a polished storyteller capable of sharing any form of news from the most pressing issues in society to the fluffiest of human-interest pieces.
He has developed several initiatives and series at KBAK including a five-part investigative series into Kern County’s growing DUI epidemic and an annual reporting series to boost suicide awareness and prevention in the community.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Jeff’s work has saved lives,” Ellen Eggert, the local crisis hotline supervisor, said. “His dedication, persistence, and eagerness to learn more and help others is truly refreshing.”
“Truly bless and truly appreciate what you have done for our community. Saving lives!” Carla Pearson, Kern County MADD founder, said.
Jeff came to Bakersfield after reporting positions in Boise, Idaho and Casper, Wyoming. His in-depth work included investigative stories on misleading DUI statistics, a controversial removal of homeless people from a city alley and a story revealing an attempted coverup in the death of K-9, Nyx, who was left in a hot car by his handler.
Jeff graduated from the acclaimed Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University.
When not at work, although he’d say journalism is a 24/7 occupation, Jeff spends most of his time with his fiancé, Anja, and his two dogs, Jax and Riley. When not with his family Jeff spends a considerable amount of time at the gym and watching NY Mets baseball. Both of which he considers healthy obsessions.
Arizona State University
Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Bachelor of Arts, Broadcast Journalism
Recipient, New American University Provost Scholarship