Hello! I’m Jake Whittenberg, anchor of KING 5 Mornings. Since December 2009 I’ve had the time of my life exploring the Pacific Northwest and meeting some amazing people along the way.
I co-anchor with Mimi Jung. We also serve Western Washington on KONG every morning!
Since I started at KING, I’ve covered all kinds of stories from Seattle to Cuba and back, and from Eastern Washington to Pearl Harbor and several cities in between.
I am a proud journalist. And I’ve tried to be a trailblazer in Seattle by pioneering our digital coverage and YouTube content. If I’m not at the anchor desk, I’m storytelling on air and online. I also love VLOGING. It’s a fun way to tell a story and my videos have been viewed millions of times!
Before starting at KING, I was a reporter/anchor at WSYX/WTTE in Columbus, Ohio, and KTVQ in Billings, Montana.
I consider myself a proud Montanan, but I was born in Southern Illinois to the parents of a newspaper publisher and reporter. I think it’s in my blood.
I caught the TV news bug after graduating with a media, theatre arts degree from Montana State University. Some of my fondest memories as a kid were with my dad in the newsroom during election night coverage. I love the buzz of a newsroom!
I’ve been humbled to win seven regional Emmy Awards, Associated Press Broadcaster of the Year and several other writing and reporting accolades, and to have been part of a team that won an Edward R. Murrow Award. I’m also a former appointee to the Montana Film and Television advisory council appointed directly by the governor.
When I’m not covering the news, I frequently emcee community events and golf tournaments. I love visiting towns in Western Washington and getting to know the people.
My philosophy is "Work hard, play hard!" I love golfing, fly-fishing and spending time with my wife, Tara, and two children, Lula and Ollie.
See you in the morning!