Jonathan Tritsch

Sports Anchor

Jonathan Tritsch
Jonathan Tritsch
Sports Anchor
I am thrilled to be in a sports-crazed town like Bakersfield. But my path to Kern County has been an adventure.

Early on, I was a little different than everyone else. In first grade, I listed mom, Dad and Nebraska Coach Tom Osborne as members of my family. In second grade, my mom issued a two-week ban on sports-talk radio as a ridiculously unfair punishment. Since when is standing on the dining room table and dribbling a basketball a poor choice? If neighbors in my hometown of Murray, Neb., hadn't caught onto the passion, they were certainly alarmed when I dressed up as a goal post for Halloween of '96.

Evidently, it was too late to turn back.

I played five different varsity sports in high school and played college football in Minnesota.

My first taste of the "real world" was at the Lincoln ABC station as a sports reporter, covering the Huskers and keeping peace with Bo Pelini. I moved on to Sioux City, Iowa, where I was the weekend sports anchor. Live TV wasn't fun, it was scary. I'm pretty sure my legs were shaking for the first six months on the job. But, not only did I grow up, I also grew a love for human-interest story-telling and learned about the power of sports in a community. I was honored to earn the Iowa Broadcast Association first-place award for sports coverage and be a part of a regional Emmy winning weekend news team. After 18 months, I accepted a job in Waco, Texas, covering Baylor and the local religion of high school football. I took a break from broadcasting to explore another crazy dream: coaching and teaching in high school. I spent a year at inner-city Waco High. I coached football and soccer and taught in the special ed department, working specifically with emotionally disturbed students. I did everything I could to make an impact but was instead blessed beyond belief to spend every day around student athletes with amazing heart and courage.

The opportunity to move to California and work alongside the legendary Greg Kerr was too good to pass up. I've learned quickly there is no program like Hometown Sports in the country, and I'm honored to help carry the torch in upcoming years. I can't wait to cover your team and hear your interesting story. Sports affects people much more than box scores and rankings, further proof sports reporting is not what you say but how you make people feel. If you have an inspiring or interesting story, I want to hear it.

You can watch me on weekends and some weeknights on Eyewitness News.

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