Jade Jackson joined the team in November 2020, coming to the Natural State from the Midwest.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, her journey in news started at age nine when she was chosen as the only fourth grader in elementary school to give the broadcasted morning announcements. At the time, only sixth graders were allowed to do it, but her reading and writing skills were advanced for her age, according to teachers.
Her love of telling stories traveled with her through high school. Given the nickname “Lil Scoop,” she was a young reporter for the school newspaper and was known for roaming the halls in search for the next big story.
She graduated from the University of North Texas in May 2020 where she completed over seven internships. She was a student reporter and anchor for Emmy award-winning NTTV Nightly News, where she broke national stories.
One of those stories involved an African American student who received a receipt from campus restaurant with a racial slur. After the student posted the photo of the receipt online, Jackson interviewed restaurant staff on video. The clip sent a ripple effect throughout the campus, causing deeper discussions about race and sparking more stories from international students who worked for the on-campus food department.
Jackson gained professional experienced as a multi-media journalist in Shreveport, Louisiana before calling Arkansas home. There, she dug deeper with local crime stories and became a respected and trusted community journalist.
Her proudest moment came from a single clip she took during a George Floyd protest showing a police officer comforting a young protester. The clip made its way through national entertainment and news outlets like CNN and the Oprah Winfrey Network before being used in a press briefing for the White House.
She’s a member of multiple news organizations: The National Association of Black Journalists, The Ida B. Wells Society, Online News Association, Investigative Reporters and Editors and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Outside of the newsroom, Jackson enjoys spending time with family and friends in Little Rock, attending events, but mostly eating and sleeping. She’s also a YouTuber and has a passion for entrepreneurship and volunteering.