Jesse Pagan is an evening anchor for KFMB-TV in San Diego, California.
"I'm so pumped to be in San Diego, after a life-long love affair with California."
Jesse Pagan joins Marcella Lee in the evenings, anchoring The Ten O'Clock News on the CW San Diego and CBS8.
Jesse is an award-winning journalist, earning two Edward R. Murrow Awards and accolades from the Associated Press over his six-year career. Before joining NEWS 8, Jesse worked as an anchor and investigative reporter at WSYX-TV, in Columbus, Ohio. There, Jesse's reporting led to state-wide policy changes in the unemployment system, which came under heavy pressure from Ohioans as the COVID-19 pandemic forced a record-number of workers out of their jobs.
Jesse's reporting is community-focused; his other reports have led to securing housing for a mother of five after being duped out of thousands in a rental scam scheme, and insuring hundreds of dollars in state food assistance were paid to the father of a differently-abled high schooler, after statewide enrollment rolls were submitted without their information.
Before heading to Columbus, Jesse was a reporter at WBBH-TV, in Fort Myers, Florida—his home state. There, Jesse's reporting drew attention to severe droughts, pushing the city to establish a million-dollar water reservoir project. Jesse's reporting in two fast-paced breaking news situations led to him and his team earning the Edward R. Murrow Awards for excellence in Breaking News.
He's also worked alongside network correspondents and producers, interning at ABC News' World News Tonight with David Muir, right after college.
Jesse is an island guy; he was born and raised in Ponce, Puerto Rico and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish. At the age of eight, his family moved to Florida, where he graduated from the University of Florida with his degree in journalism in 2015. (Go Gators!) His extended family has lived in the Bay Area and Sacramento for decades. Jesse is passionate about his culture and the Latinx community, hoping to use his work to help and elevate the community whenever needed and possible.
When not at work, Jesse likes to ride the line between full-on couch potato and active adventurer; when he's not watching a sci-fi or horror movie, he's outside discovering the hiking trails snaking throughout San Diego or on one of our awesome beaches.