Jim Dever is a reporter for "Evening Magazine" and produces the show's popular "DoubleTake" and “SmallTalk” segments. He is also an accomplished handstand skateboarder and Elvis impersonator.
Jim has won 15 Emmy Awards for writing, hosting, reporting and producing, and received an Iris Award for his work on the internationally syndicated program, "Watch This!" which he created and hosted for five years with Mimi Gan. He once appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, where the makeup staff applied way, way too much eyeliner, to the delight of Jim’s older brothers. Jim was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for conceiving the world’s shortest commercial. He is also president of the National Association of Male Contortionists.
Okay, the part about the contortionists isn’t true. But it should be.
Prior to joining KING 5 in 1991, Jim had a spectacularly unsuccessful career as a senior producer at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, a producer at the PM Magazine national office in San Francisco, Calif., a nightly host in Johnstown, Pa., a news reporter at WTAJ-TV in Altoona, Pa., and a production assistant at CNN in Atlanta. He began his career as a news photographer in the middle of nowhere.
That's all true. Even, unfortunately, the part about Altoona.
Born in Ohio, Jim grew up in Pennsylvania and barely graduated from Penn State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism.
In his spare time, he enjoys traveling, reading, astronomy, stunt pogo stick jumping and spending time with his family in West Seattle.
Dever rhymes with “whatever.” Seems fitting.