Jerry Askin joined the WMC Action News 5 team in October 2014. Before moving to Memphis, Jerry worked in Chattanooga for three years as a reporter at WTVC NewsChannel 9.
While working at WTVC, Jerry was nominated for an AP award for an investigative story that shed light on the lack of federal safety regulations for tractor-trailers. He was also the lead reporter in getting to the bottom of a $12 million Ponzi scheme and followed that case throughout the bankruptcy court system. Jerry also broke the story about a lack of diversity on the Chattanooga police force.
Jerry started his on-air career in Tallahassee, Florida. There, he covered the coastal counties as a reporter at WCTV Eyewitness News. While in Florida's capital city, Jerry covered everything from the aftermath of the Deepwater Oil spill along the Gulf coast, to the local and state impact of the Casey Anthony trial.
Prior to working in front of the camera, Jerry worked as a field producer and intern at Pix 11 News in New York. Jerry also interned at WSB-TV and Fox 5 News in Atlanta.
A graduate of Georgia State University, Jerry wrote articles for the campus newspaper and reported for WRAS 88.5 FM. The campus newspaper recognized Jerry as the best beat reporter for his coverage on public safety at the university. He recently earned his Master's degree in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University.
Jerry is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the International Radio and Television Society, and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (“GQ” Zeta Mu chapter).
Jerry values community service, family, friends, and his relationship with God. Jerry would love to hear from you with story ideas, and you can even drop him an email just to say, "Hello."