Jim Donovan

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Jim Donovan is a 13-time Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter whose honors run the gamut from the Better Business Bureau to the Associated Press.

Since 2004 he has been the featured reporter for the “On Your Side” consumer unit at CBS 3 and The CW Philly. Each year he and his team help resolve thousands of consumer-related complaints from viewers in the Delaware Valley.

A native of Staten Island, New York, 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 there including that of news writer and Emmy-nominated field producer, while, at the same time, working in the aviation industry.

While in college in the mid 1980s, Donovan was hired by People Express Airlines. He continued to work for People Express and later with Continental Airlines, as a domestic and international flight attendant. When he wasn’t working in the WWOR newsroom, he could most likely be found on a plane traveling to 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.

Donovan left the Big Apple in 1997 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.”

Before coming to Philadelphia, Donovan was the consumer reporter for WBNS-TV, a highly-rated CBS station in Columbus, Ohio. His advocacy on behalf of his viewers was recognized by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Donovan 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 his free time, Donovan 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, Donovan resides in Center City Philadelphia.

Connect with Jim Donovan on Twitter: @jimdonovancbs3; and on Facebook: Jim Donovan Fans.

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Disney Raises Park Prices

By Jim Donovan: Visiting Mickey and Minnie just got more expensive. Ticket prices to visit Disneyland, Walt Disney World and the rest of its U.S. theme parks increased beginning Sunday. Single-day tickets for the Magic […]

02/23/2015

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Most Expensive Driving Violations

By Jim Donovan: Most drivers realize that if they commit a moving violation that they can expect to pay higher car insurance costs. However, that increase varies significantly by state, according to a new insuranceQuotes.com […]

02/23/2015

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3 On Your Side: Grocery Shop With Instacart App

Want to skip the hassle of making a trip to the grocery store? A new wave of delivery services are promising to give customers instant gratification. As 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan shows us, all you need is a smartphone.

02/20/2015

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3 On Your Side: How Prepared Are You For Digital Afterlife?

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan takes a look at what to consider about the digital afterlife.

02/19/2015

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3 On Your Side: Cold Snowy Weather Can Impact Your Bottom Line

3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds, the cold snowy weather could be costing us more than we think.

02/17/2015

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3 On Your Side: LIHEAP Assistance

While temperatures continue to hover in single digits, this is the time when heating your home is top of mind and gas and electric bills begin to rise. If you think you’ll have problems paying your home heating bills, help may be only an application away. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan explains.

02/16/2015

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Blog: Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs Offer Online Tax Help On Tuesdays

By Jim Donovan: During the month of February, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) is offering “Tax Chat Tuesdays,” a free online instant messaging chat staffed by its CPA members to provide general […]

02/16/2015

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Free College Planning Workshop 2/19 In Broomall PA

By Jim Donovan: Do you have a child heading off to college next year? Well if you’re wondering how you’re going to pay for it, you’re not alone. So Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and […]

02/16/2015

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3 On Your Side: Goodwill Valentine’s Day Wedding Dress Sale

On Saturday love will be in the air as many celebrate Valentine’s Day. For some brides-to-be the day will also involve shopping for a wedding dress. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan tells us about one sale that allows brides to toss out the bouquet, but not their budget.

02/13/2015

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Kidde Recalls 4.6 Million Fire Extinguishers

By Jim Donovan: Kidde is recalling 4.6 million fire extinguishers. A faulty valve component can cause the disposable fire extinguishers not to fully discharge when the lever is repeatedly pressed and released during a fire […]

02/13/2015

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Angie’s List: Installing Vinyl Windows

In this week’s Angie’s List report, Jim Donovan takes a look at some other benefits to vinyl windows.

02/12/2015

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3 On Your Side: Choosing A Tax Preparer

Even though the federal filing deadline is more than two months away, tax season is already in full swing. Consumers choosing a tax preparer should choose wisely. 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has advice so that you won’t become a victim in any tax-related scams.

02/11/2015

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Blog: 6 In 10 Renters Don’t Carry Insurance

By Jim Donovan: Six in 10 Americans who rent their homes or apartments do not have renter’s insurance, according to a new survey by insuranceQuotes.com. Forty-five percent of Americans say they lack renter’s insurance because […]

02/11/2015

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3 On Your Side: Name Your Own Price Online Shopping

So do you enjoy shopping online but miss the opportunity to haggle? Well these days you can do both. As 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan finds, it all depends on knowing where to click.

02/10/2015

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3 On Your Side: Should You Watch What You Say Around Your Smart TV?

They are able to connect to the internet, recognize your voice, even follow commands. But do you need to watch what you say around your Smart TV? 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has information about gadgets eavesdropping on your conversations.

02/10/2015

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