Jon Vanderford is the news anchor for 10/11 News at Noon, and he co-anchors 10/11 News: First at Four with his wife, Taryn. Jon is glad to share the desk with meteorologist Brad Anderson at Noon, and both Jon and Taryn enjoy working with meteorologist Brandon Rector at 4:00 p.m.
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 5:00 p.m. newscast at WATE, and the 10:00 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 10/11 This Morning. The couple served as morning news anchors for six months before getting the call to bring their unique strengths to the brand new show, 10/11 News: First at Four.
As a self-proclaimed champion of rural Nebraska, Jon is proud to call this state home. 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 now has two wonderful children, a son and daughter.
As a news reporter, Jon has earned several awards. He received an AP Broadcasters Award for coverage of Husker Harvest Days, and a similar award for helping people better understand the services provided at Lincoln's Child Advocacy Center. Jon also received a Gold Press Card Competition Award from the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for severe weather coverage.
Jon has a passion for Nebraska, and he always enjoys hearing from viewers. You can email Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow @JonVanderfordon Twitter.
"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, but also a trusted friend."