I got my first real experience in news writing for my high school newspaper, The Tiger Tales. My involvement in radio and television started in college. I went to Howard University in Washington, D.C. and still say choosing Howard was one of my best decisions to date. My professors were encouraging and helped me secure great internships with various networks and local television stations. During my junior year, I was honored with the White House Correspondents' Association Scholarship. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama presented me with the award. It was the highlight of my undergrad career- and possibly life, haha!
After graduation, I moved from Washington, D.C. to the eastern shore of Maryland to work for WMDT-TV. CULTURE SHOCK! I was reporting on chicken farms, crabbing, and NASCAR. It was a great experience and I did everything. I was a reporter, anchor, producer, photographer- and one day even served as a floor director because someone didn't show up.
I spent just under two years in Maryland before moving to Louisville, KY to work for WAVE-TV. I now have a love for the Kentucky Derby, hot chicken, and so many great people in the Bluegrass state.
I reported and anchored in Louisville for two years before moving to the Bay Area! I moved here for love and have fallen in love with this place as well. I'm a foodie and everything here is amazing, but I have one complaint....where is the southern food?! I'm from Atlanta, and this Georgia Peach is always looking for some good BBQ.
I'm so happy to be telling your stories on ABC7 Mornings and helping you get out the door from the Traffic Center. If you have a story idea please don't hesitate to send it my way to Jobina.N.Fortson@abc.com.
Find me on Facebook and follow me on Twitter.
San Francisco's de Young Museum features internationally acclaimed Black art exhibit
San Francisco's de Young museum is featuring the internationally acclaimed exhibition, Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963-1983 through March 15, 2020.
California Crown Law: ABC7 anchors open up about new law, wearing natural curly hair on television
ABC7 News anchors Kumasi Aaron and Jobina Fortson talk about having to straighten their hair and wear wigs to conform with a more European look in order to advance their journalism careers in television. California's new Crown Law prohibits discrimination at work and school based on a person's natural hair style.
Spice up your exercise routine with a circus workout
You don't have to run away with the circus to get the strength and flexibility of an acrobat. Whether it's hanging from a monkey bar or learning a new floor exercise, a circus routine can improve your conditioning. For information on workout classes, check out www.circuscenter.org.
Oxygen tanks spill in crash on I-880 in Oakland
A two-car crash spilled oxygen tanks across I-880 in Oakland on Tuesday morning.
Top stories of 2019 on abc7news.com
Cellphone ban at school, a shark sighting at Mavericks and a pet sitter making herself too comfortable in her customer's house. Here are our top 7 local stories of 2019.
Police investigating double-homicide near Vallejo
Two men were killed and a woman was injured after a fight and shooting at a home near Vallejo, police said.
PG&E urged to revise bankruptcy plan as protesters rally outside San Francisco headquarters
Protesters rallied outside PG&E headquarters in San Francisco over how the company handled wildfires and planned outages.
Emma Bunton talks 'The Great American Baking Show,' Spice Girls with ABC7
Dreams come true for ABC7's Jobina Fortson as she got the chance to talk to Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice from the Spice Girls, about her baking show on ABC.
1 killed in 2 vehicle crash on I-280 in Cupertino
One person has died after two vehicles collided on southbound I-280 in Cupertino overnight, the CHP said.
More TOP STORIES News