FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) - On Thursday, Fort Wayne’s NBC anchor Linda Jackson will be inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame.
Jackson was selected back in May to join an elite group as a member of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame.
For more than 30 years, Jackson has delivered the news to viewers in northeast Indiana – the vast majority of that time, from the studio, where she has anchored newscasts spanning two generations.
Jackson graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism and got her start in local news as an intern at what was then WKJG TV, the NBC affiliate based in Fort Wayne. Her first full-time work in broadcasting was as a producer and reporter there, and while she would serve as well in a management role, it was as an anchor that Jackson became best known in the region.
In 2016, having spent several years as the morning news anchor at WPTA’s ABC-affiliated station, Jackson was tapped to lead the reborn NBC news channel in Fort Wayne. She has served as a lead anchor at Fort Wayne’s NBC since its launch, helping establish the news team as a source for engaging and professional coverage in the community.
Jackson has received various industry awards: from the Indiana News Photographers Association and from the Indiana Associated Press (including a 2005 AP First Place for her series, “A Gift for Peggy,” and the 2018 Best Reporter honor); from the Indiana Judges Association (first place award for her story on the opioid epidemic in Fort Wayne and how it plays out on the streets and in the courts). In 2019, she received an Emmy Award for anchoring one of the winning entries in the Newscast categories.
She is a Poynter Institute honors graduate, a “Future 40” award recipient from the Fort Wayne Business Journal and a first place Indiana Hospital and Health Association award-winner for “A Gift for Peggy.” Readers of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette and “Whatzup” have voted Jackson “Best TV Station Personality” several times.
Originally from Peru, Ind., Jackson and her husband are proud to call Fort Wayne home. Their son is a May 2019 graduate of IU, continuing the family legacy at the state’s flagship university.
The Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame was established in 1981 to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the industry in Indiana. It was named in honor of Richard M. Fairbanks after a major upgrade to the exhibit at the Indiana State Museum in 2006.
Want to tune in? You can watch the ceremony on the Indiana Broadcasters Association's website at 12 p.m.