Jim Watkins

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Jim Watkins is an American anchor and journalist. In 2014 Watkins joined News 8 WTNH-TV in New Haven Connecticut where he is currently a news caster.[1]


Watkins was previously employed by WPIX-TV from October 26, 1998 to October 9, 2011 where he was the weeknight anchor for PIX11 News at Ten for 11 years. .[2] During Watkins’ career as a New York City news anchor he also worked for WNBC-TV (weekends) alongside WPIX’s Kaity Tong for 14 years.[3] While working at WPIX, Watkins received three Emmy awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Excellence.[4]

Watkins was Tribune Broadcasting’s lead anchor during the 9/11 live television coverage consecutively for 5 days. In 2014, his recollections of the tragedy, starting with the day before the World Trade Center attack, were featured in the NatGeo documentary “9/10: The Final Hours.”[5]

Watkins’ TV news career also included time at WPHL Philadelphia (anchor), the syndicated FOX Los Angeles “Entertainment Daily Journal” (correspondent), WBZ Boston’s “Evening Magazine” (co-host), and WTVF-TV Nashville (anchor).

Every year, Jim Watkins hosts a television program at the Hispanic Day Parade, which occurs on the second Sunday of October. Watkins, a native of Ohio, was a former anchor and reporter from CBS affiliate WTVF in Nashville, Tennessee. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.[6] He writes columns for AM New York, a free weekday daily distributed in New York City. He also writes a blog for the television station's news program.

Personal life[edit]

Watkins is married and has 3 children, one of whom is autistic. CNN.[7] Watkins has a teenage son who is diagnosed with Autism.[8] Watkins is an Autism advocate and has been a key note speaker at numerous Autism events.[8]