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Jon Vanderford is the host, reporter and executive producer for “Pure Nebraska.” He co-anchors the show with his wife, Taryn, and Meteorologist Brad Anderson. Jon also anchors “First at Four” with Taryn.
Jon has 20 years of broadcasting experience in radio and television, with 17 of those devoted mainly to broadcast news.
He previously worked as a reporter for KQTV in St. Joseph, Missouri from 1993 to 1994. During that time, Jon also served as a Sunday evening weather anchor. Jon moved to Lincoln as a reporter/anchor for KOLN/KGIN-TV from 1994 to 1995. After that, he traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee. For nearly seven years, Jon worked as a reporter and anchor for a number of different newscasts, including the 5 p.m. newscast at WATE, and the 10 p.m. newscast on Fox affiliate WTNZ.
Jon joined KOLN/KGIN-TV as a 5, 6, and 10 o'clock news anchor in January of 2003. In February of 2010, Jon and Taryn were offered the chance to work together on the 10/11 morning show. The couple served as morning news anchors for six months before getting the call to bring their unique strengths to the brand new show, "First at Four.”
Jon is a native Nebraskan, and grew up near the village of Murdock. He earned a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and is always happy to share fond memories of his time as an alto saxophone player in the Cornhusker Marching Band. Jon met Taryn in the band, and the couple has two wonderful children, a son and daughter.
Jon has earned a Heartland Emmy, two Emmy nominations, and numerous awards from the Associated Press, Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Nebraska Tourism Commission, Nebraska Corn Board, Nebraska Grain Sorghum Board, and the Gold Press Card Competition from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Jon has a passion for the Cornhusker State. As a self-proclaimed champion of rural Nebraska, Jon is proud to call this state home. It is for this reason that Jon has worked to develop the show "Pure Nebraska.” It's a show dedicated to the state's number one industry, agriculture. But on the show, he also celebrates the state, takes us to unique places, and meets the people that make Nebraska so unique.
Jon always enjoys hearing from you. "I consider it a privilege to serve 10/11 viewers across the state," Jon says. "Thank you for inviting me into your home each day. I hope you will consider me not only a source for news and information, but also a trusted friend."