Jason Lanning, Reporter
Covering the Bay area 24 hours a day, seven days a week is a demanding job, and it's exactly what viewers count on Bay News 9 to do. Achieving it means having reporters who will go wherever the story leads them. That's the mission of Bay News 9 reporter Jason Lanning.
Since joining the Bay News 9 team back in January of 2003, Jason has broken a number of stories across the Bay area. He uncovered a serious mold problem at a Clearwater apartment community, forcing a round of mold testing by the State of Florida. He was the first to tell you about Regal Cruise Line's ship being seized by U.S. marshals at Port Manatee.
In early 2004, Jason exposed a serious crime and gang problem plaguing a Tampa apartment community, and a fraud scheme being conducted through a payroll service in Hernando County. He also uncovered safety concerns of the popular SUV-style limos, many of which go through no formal inspection after being stretched and modified. From AP-award winning hurricane coverage to the Terri Schiavo case, Jason has provided coverage for Bay News 9 and its worldwide partner, CNN, since January 2003.
Jason has done his fair share of feature news coverage at Bay News 9 as well. How about the first feline ever rescued from gulf waters? The cat's name was Nemo and was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Or what about a horse named Sierra that managed to catch an escaped prisoner from the Pinellas County Jail?
Before coming to Bay News 9, Jason was a general assignment and investigative reporter for CBS affiliate WIFR-TV in Rockford, Ill. His investigative reports led to several prostitution arrests and the shutdown of two motels for drug trafficking and prostitution.
Don't be surprised if you see Jason cruising off Siesta Key casting some lines, or taking some swings at Bay area golf courses. Although he travels all across the Bay area for Your News Channel, he does get a little time off!
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