It’s been more than 20 years in Tampa so I guess I can officially call it home, right?
I'm Jenny Dean and I am the Brightside reporter at 10 Tampa Bay.
So many of life’s big moments have happened here, but we’ll get to that in a moment. Let’s start at the beginning!
I grew up in Northern Kentucky and graduated from Northern Kentucky University. I got my first TV job anchoring and reporting in Quincy, Illinois.
Then in 2000, I came to Tampa to anchor and report. Little did I know, just months into my time here in Florida, it would be at the center of one of the biggest stories in the world: The 2000 election and recount! (I hope to never see a ‘hanging chad’ ever again.)
The big stories don’t end there. I covered 9/11 while then-President George W. Bush got the news in a classroom in Sarasota.
We can’t forget all the hurricane coverage that comes with Florida news as well. In 2004 with Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne make it especially memorable.
In 2005, I left TV for radio. I was half of the Travis and Jenny Show on US 103.5 here in Tampa. Any country music fans out there?? That job was a blast!
But news is in my blood so in 2013 I started anchoring the morning news for 970 WFLA radio.
Then, just a few years later I came full circle. I started reporting at 10 Tampa Bay and I haven’t looked back.
Singing is a passion of mine. You might catch me performing the National Anthem at a Rays game or Lightning game or other events around town.
I love Florida! How many people can say they get to live where people want to vacation? Well, I don’t just live here, Tampa is my home.
Connect with Jenny: firstname.lastname@example.org