Jared Dillingham

Jared began anchoring the evening newscasts on 3TV in 2018, after working every shift possible over his 13 years at the station.

Since moving to Arizona, Jared has covered everything from Senator John McCain's campaign for president, to the Jodi Arias trial, to the largest wildfire in Arizona history.  He's filed reports from Vietnam, the DMZ, Mexico, and Washington, DC.

Jared won three Emmy Awards for stories on vulnerable children in Arizona.   They focused on children in immigration court, the struggles LGBTQ youth face at home, and special education students in a unique music program.

In addition to his evening anchor duties, Jared hosts the "Now Boarding" travel segment on "Good Morning Arizona" each Sunday, and runs a travel blog full of advice on making quick, efficient trips to cities around the world.

Jared grew up in New York, and graduated from Syracuse University with degrees in broadcast journalism and political science.

After internships at News12 Long Island and NBC in Washington, DC, Jared moved to beautiful "Big Sky Country." He spent a year at KRTV in Great Falls, Montana, before moving to KREM in Spokane, Washington.

The Valley has truly become "home" for Jared. He lives in Phoenix, and spends his mornings listening to as many news and political podcasts as possible, while walking his puppy mill rescue, Myrtle.

Year-round, Jared can be found hiking Piestewa Peak or Camelback Mountain, or escaping to other trails around the state.

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Tell us more about what makes Arizona so special to you:

I’d never considered living in the Southwest, but I was offered a weekend reporting job here while I was covering a snowstorm in Spokane. The weather initially sold me on Phoenix, but my experiences here have kept me from moving elsewhere. Watching the Valley sink into a severe recession, and then rise from it, created a strong emotional attachment.

Tell us about the people you admire the most?

Two Arizonans who come to mind are Gerda Weissmann Klein and Sandra Day O’Connor.

I wrote to Justice O’Connor as an elementary school student, and still have the lengthy reply she (or a clerk) sent back. I’ve interviewed her several times, and she was always witty and frank. I also admire the iCivics program she developed after leaving the Court.

Gerda Klein is a Holocaust survivor who moved to Arizona later in life. Her autobiography, “All But My Life” is one of my favorite books.

Over the years, once in a while, both women would appear at talks or Q&A’s together, and it was always a joy to hear their stories and get a sense of their mutual admiration.

Who has been an influential role model in your life and why?

My family was a “CBS family” growing up, and Dan Rather became my role model in elementary school. Whenever my parents took me into New York City, I would insist on spending time outside the CBS building, HOPING he would walk out.

I finally got to meet him (by chance) coming out of a Broadway show in 2014. He was friendly and smart, and everything you’d HOPE your role model would be.

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