Jim Donovan is co-anchor with Rahel Solomon of CBS 3’s Eyewitness News This Morning the station’spopular morning newscast (weekdays, 4:30-7 a.m.), and Eyewitness News at Noon.
The 15-time Emmy Award-winner joined CBS 3 as its “On Your Side” consumer reporter in 2004. In April, 2016, he stepped up to the anchor desk to relaunch the station’s morning newscast, after distinguishing himself with his memorable coverage of Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia in 2015.
Jim’s on-air duties still include the consumer beat where he and his team continue to resolve thousands of consumer-related complaints from viewers in the Delaware Valley. Their work has earned accolades from numerous organizations from the Better Business Bureau to the Associated Press.
Donovan began his career as a news department intern at WWOR-TV in Secaucus, New Jersey. Over a period of six years he worked in a variety of roles at WWOR including that of news writer and Emmy-nominated field producer. He did this while also employed in the aviation industry.
While in college in the mid 1980’s, Donovan was hired by People Express Airlines. He continued to work for People Express and later with Continental Airlines after an airline merger, as a domestic and international flight attendant. When he wasn’t working in the WWOR newsroom, he most likely could be found on a plane traveling to diverse destinations from London to Tahiti.
In 1993 Donovan decided to clip his airline wings and concentrate on his broadcasting career full-time. He joined WNBC-TV, the NBC flagship station in New York City, as a research coordinator. It was there that he put his aviation experience to good use and earned his first Emmy Award for an investigative report on plane crash survival.
In 1994, Donovan made the jump to network programming and joined NBC’s cable business network, CNBC, as an investigative producer and consumer reporter for “Steals & Deals,” a nightly consumer news program. At CNBC Donovan developed his passion for consumer advocacy and his work there earned him a National Cable Ace nomination and allowed him to contribute reports for NBC’s Today Show.
In 1997 Jim left the Big Apple to start an investigative unit at WGHP-TV, a highly rated Fox television station in High Point, North Carolina. While working in North Carolina the Better Business Bureau named him “Outstanding Consumer Reporter.” One of his most popular reports at WGHP involved a weekly segment where he helped reunite people with unclaimed funds. Over the course of one year he helped return $1.4 million dollars to viewers that were owed money by the North Carolina unclaimed property program.
In 2000 Donovan was recruited by WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. At WBNS he served as the station’s lead consumer reporter, earning an Emmy Award and an additional five Emmy nominations for his consumer investigations and reporting. His advocacy on behalf of his viewers was recognized by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
Donovan’s expertise in consumer issues is now being put to use at KYW-TV where he developed the 3-On Your Side consumer unit. Each year he and his team help resolve thousands of consumer related complaints from viewers in the Delaware Valley. His work at KYW has earned him thirteen Emmy Awards and an additional twenty Emmy nominations. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Donovan initiated a fundraising phone bank in which CBS 3 viewers donated over $1 million dollars over the course of two days to assist with the Red Cross relief effort.
A native of Staten Island, NY, Jim is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication. Active in the community, he volunteers his time to numerous local charities including MANNA, CARIE and the Mazzoni Center. In 2015 he was inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his body of work and community service.
In his free time, Jim still enjoys traveling the world. His passport includes stamps from 44 countries in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. When he’s not traveling, he resides in Center City Philadelphia.
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