Jacob's career began at ABC News in Jerusalem covering the Arab Spring from Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt. His assignments have taken him to nearly every state in the union, Mexico, South and Central America, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, He has reported on natural disasters including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Hurricane Harvey and dozens of other storms, deadly tornado outbreaks in the Midwest, volcanic eruptions in Hawaii, California and Washington State wildfires; mass migration from Syria; infamous cartel criminal trials in El Paso; migrant caravans; gang violence in El Salvador; mass shootings in Colorado, California, Florida and Texas; the 2016 Presidential campaign, conventions and inauguration; the X Games and the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Prior to ABC13, Jacob worked at KFOX-14, NBCLA, KPRC and NBC News as a correspondent based in Los Angeles and Dallas.
Jacob graduated from The Woodlands High School and Brigham Young University where he studied broadcast journalism. He interned at the Salt Lake Tribune, KUTV News and at the Kosovo Embassy in Washington D.C. shortly after leaders of the Balkan country declared independence. After his freshman year, Jacob moved to Uruguay for two years as missionary for his church, where he learned Spanish.
Jacob and Ashley live in the Houston area with their five children, a dog and a cat. For the record, he's not a big fan of cats. In his defense, cats aren't big fans of people.
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