Jennifer Doan

Silver Circle Class of 2020

 

Jennifer Doan is proof of the adage that if you want to get something done, give it to a busy person.  

 

Jennifer Doan started her career while in college as a Graphics Operator at KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City, where she worked her way up to a Production Assistant. After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oklahoma, Doan moved to Phoenix in 1997 to take a job as a News Management Intern at KPHO-TV. After taking a year off from broadcasting to travel and perform around the world with Up With People, Doan returned to Phoenix in 1999 to join KSAZ FOX 10, where she is now the weekday Morning Show Producer from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 

“Jennifer can’t sit still,” says co-worker Jeff Moriarty. “It could be blamed on her constant influx of chai tea lattes, but honestly it is rooted in her unwavering desire to help others however she can. She is the kind of person who constantly works to lift others up in both large and small ways. In the often overly competitive world of television, she works to support people and help them advance their careers.  In my role as Digital Director, I worked to bring a lot of new ideas into FOX 10, many of which met with resistance by the veteran talent and employees. Not Jennifer. She loves trying new things and reaching out beyond her comfort zone. Television has been going through incredible changes the past few years, and rather than rest on the ‘way we’ve always done it,’ Jennifer incorporates new tools, new ideas, and tells stories in new ways. That energy and creativity was evident in her show, which is what it made it so successful.”

 

“Jennifer is the heart and soul of Fox 10's Morning Show,” says Moriarty. “She knows everyone in the Valley and can find an expert or a place to expand a story or topic. Give her a blank planning sheet and she can send out 12 texts and fill a two hour show as fast as she can type on her Blackberry. It’s more than just filling time, though. Jennifer loves the people who make up the stories she’s trying to tell.”

 

In addition to producing “Arizona Morning” on Fox10, Doan is deeply involved in the community. She serves on the board of directors for Phoenix Sister Cities Commission, VNSA (a Phoenix non-profit that collects used books and holds one sale a year to benefit Arizona nonprofits) and the Reach Out Alumni Assistance Network, which raises thousands of dollars every year to help Up With People alumni across the globe who have found themselves in difficult situations.

 

For the past nine years, Doan has served on the Board of Governors for the National Association of Television Arts Sciences - Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter. She is the current secretary and its former Second Vice President and Chairperson/Producer of its annual, regional Emmy Awards gala. 

© Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences 2020

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