Anchor Jeff Gianola is an award-winning journalist who has been broadcasting the news in Portland for more than 36 years.
While attending San Diego State in the town he grew up, he worked as a news intern at KGTV. The station eventually hired him full time. He worked his way up from a grip hauling news equipment, to assignment editor, news writer and producer, and worked with some of the legends in local television news.
In 1980, he took a cut in pay to become a news reporter at KEYT in Santa Barbara. While there, he was an award-winning reporter and part of the local press corps covering President Ronald Reagan at the ranch.
In 1983, he was hired by KATU in Portland as a reporter and weekend weathercaster. In 1985, Jeff was promoted to main anchor for KATU. He also hosted Town Hall for six years. After 15 years at KATU, Jeff was hired by KOIN News 6 in 1998.
Jeff has a long-standing commitment to Oregon Foster Children. For the last more than two decades, he has featured his Wednesday’s Children on the news. Hundreds of children have been adopted as a result of the program. Jeff and his wife Shannon also started the Wednesday Child Foundation, which provides life-enriching opportunities for hundreds of foster children each year.
“I get messages from former children, now adults with kids of their own, telling me how being a Wednesday’s Child led to them finding an adoptive family,” Jeff said. “That really is powerful and humbling.”
Over the years, Jeff has been recognized for his reports on the homeless problem, including his 2018 special report “The Unsheltered Truth.”
Jeff has won many awards over the years, including a Northwest regional Emmy as “Best Anchor” in the Northwest. Jeff was also inducted into the Northwest Academy of Television Arts & Sciences “Silver Circle,” recognizing his 25 years of television journalism and community involvement.
Jeff lives in Tigard with his wife, Shannon, and their three children, Jake, Michael and Eliana. He also has two daughters, Alex and Anna, both college graduates. He also has three grandchildren: Nora, Lachlan and Ruthie. “I’m on the no-retirement plan, I love it,” says Jeff.