Jana Corrie says Johnson County Community College helped her find her career path.
Today, she co-anchors FirstNews Weekend and reports for FirstNews during the week at KMBC-TV Channel 9 in Kansas City.
“It has been a dream of mine to work for the television station I grew up watching,” Jana says. “JCCC helped start me on the path to where I am today.”
Jana arrived at JCCC in fall 1997, looking to make an impact as a member of the Cavaliers volleyball program. She played two seasons, helping JCCC win back-to-back conference titles.
She also went on to play her junior year at Lincoln Memorial University and her senior year as a walk-on at the University of Missouri. But it was her experiences in broadcasting classes and her internship at a local television station while at JCCC that helped her decide her future profession.
“I thought I wanted to be a writer or a reporter, but I didn’t decide on television news until I was at JCCC,” Jana says. “JCCC gave me direction and my career path.”
That path took her to Columbia, Mo., where she earned her degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri. Following her senior year, Jana worked for one year at KOMU, an NBC affiliate, as the station’s morning anchor. She was then hired by KGUN, an ABC affiliate in Tucson, Ariz., as a reporter and anchor.
She moved closer to her dream job, moving to Topeka, Kan., where she served as the evening anchor for the 6 and 10 o’clock news for KTKA-TV. In December 2007, Jana, who grew up in Olathe, returned to her hometown as a reporter for KMBC-TV. Shortly after her arrival, she was promoted to her current position.
Jana has been recognized for her work in broadcast journalism. She has received awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association for in-depth reporting, the Kansas Association of Broadcasters for feature reporting and the Arizona Associated Press for her coverage of breaking news.