Jim Watkins

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James Raymond Watkins (born October 21, 1956), known professionally as Jim Watkins is an American anchor and journalist. In 2014 Watkins joined News 8 WTNH-TV in New Haven Connecticut where he was until recently a news caster.[1] On August 19, 2015 Watkins left WTNH News 8.[citation needed]


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) and 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][5]

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.”[6]

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.[7] 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 three children, including a teenage son with autism.[8] Watkins is an autism advocate and has been a key note speaker at numerous autism benefits.


  1. ^ "News team 8". wtnh.com. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "WTNH Hires Jim Watkins for Weekend Mornings". NewEnglandOne.com. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Anchor's away at WPIX-TV veteran Cafferty out". New York: Daily News. 7 October 1998. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Jim Watkins officially ends association with WIPX". FishbowlNY. Retrieved 2 February 2015. 
  5. ^ http://nypost.com/2001/03/23/the-starr-report-353/
  6. ^ Lowry, Brian (5 September 2014). "TV Review: HBO's 'A Good Job: Stories of the FDNY,' NatGeo's '9/10: The Final Hours'". Variety. Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  7. ^ http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jim-watkins Huffington Post
  8. ^ "Funding cuts jeopardize services for Staten Islanders with autism". silive.com. Retrieved 7 February 2015.