By Michael Buhler
Jeff Herndon’s broadcast journalism career has its roots in a Media Now class that he took at Campus High School.
From there, Herndon, a resident of Haysville, has gone on to become one of the best-known faces in Kansas as an anchor and reporter at KAKE-TV in Wichita. Now, Herndon’s career is taking him to the Windy City, as he will begin working at WFLD-TV in Chicago in October as part of the Fox 32 News team.
“It’s a unique opportunity to join a talented team of journalists at Fox 32,” Herndon said. Herndon will co-anchor the station’s 9 p.m. newscast beginning Oct. 1. His last day at KAKE is Sept. 6, one week from Friday.
Herndon is looking forward to being part of the community in Chicago, adding that the scenery will be different in the Windy City than it is in Kansas.
“I look forward to working with great people who care about the community,” Herndon said. “It’s an important part of local news coverage, and like KAKE, Fox 32 is focused on serving its viewers.”
Herndon graduated from Wichita State University. He first joined KAKE in 1997 as a sports photographer. He left for KTKA in Topeka to serve as a weekend sports anchor in 2000, but returned to KAKE the following year. He served as KAKE’s weekend sports anchor from 2001 to 2004, when he became a news anchor.
In his long career, Herndon said that there are too many thing that stand out to list. But some things are more memorable than the rest.
“The hunt and eventual arrest of BTK killer Dennis Rader is perhaps the most memorable,” Herndon said. “But I also enjoyed presenting the Golden Apple every week to an outstanding area teacher. “
However, Herndon will miss Haysville especially, as it is the town he grew up in and still resides in.
“Haysville is a special place,” Herndon said. “I always considered it an underdog town. I think as a kid, you take on the personality of the town you grow up in. I have always felt a little like the underdog – it helps keep me focused. I can’t say enough about Campus High. The teachers and coaches I had were a big part of my life, and still are today.”