For more than 30 years Jay Crandall has been a dedicated journalist willing to push the boundaries. His Emmy-award winning work at KTVK-TV includes producing morning and evening newscasts, both hard hitting and feature stories and long-form specials. Working at Arizona’s top-rated independent station allowed him the freedom to take creative risks and use his skill as a wordsmith to produce Hollywood-style stories and special features.
Jay began his career as an intern and although he was first hired full-time as a videotape editor, his sights were set on writing and producing both behind-the-scenes and in front of the camera. As the producer of KTVK’s first ever morning newscast, Jay incorporated many elements which are now standard in morning television, such as the utilization of a weather person as an “out-and-about” reporter and bringing experts in studio as regular guest segments. Soon after, Jay led KTVK’s 5 p.m. newscast to the number one ratings spot. He then moved to special projects where he developed fast-paced celebrity, lifestyle and fashion news stories which not only helped define KTVK’s signature style but inspired colleagues as they moved on to produce nationally syndicated shows such as Extra and TMZ. Jay also developed and produced KTVK’s first and only political talk show, “Politics Unplugged,” which continues to broadcast on 3TV.
As a special projects producer Jay helped lead the transition to digital editing and crafted elements including the signature show open for Good Evening Arizona and unique segments like “Worth a Listen” featuring up and coming musicians. Jay produced several Emmy nominated and winning specials including “The Lion King: Behind the Mask,” “Phoenix Rising,” “Granite Mountain Hotshots: Heroes and Heartbreak” and “Rachel’s Challenge.” In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Jay traveled to New Orleans where he produced and reported live on-the-scene and from the set providing residents with valuable information in the wake of that disaster.
Currently, Jay works as a Public Information Officer for the city of Glendale, Arizona where he continues to enterprise and produce stories for Glendale Media and the city’s social media platforms still seeing himself first and foremost as a journalist bringing viewers information to enrich their lives.