Jason Tarr joined the KAKE News team in July 2012 as a reporter. He comes to Kansas from KOTA-TV in Rapid City, South Dakota where he served as a weekend anchor, reporter, and producer. At KOTA, his work included an investigative report on rising violent crime in Rapid City and a feature series on Missouri River communities as they recovered from the historic 2011 flooding.
Jason attended the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. He graduated summa cum laude with degrees in broadcast journalism, international relations, and Spanish. He earned the designation of University Scholar, the school's highest academic honor.
Before his senior year of college, ABC News selected Jason to be the Syracuse University Bureau Chief for the inaugural year of the ABC News On Campus program. In that role, Jason led one of five digital college news bureaus located across the country. Also while in college, Jason founded one of the nation's only student-run Spanish-language newscasts: CitrusTV Noticias en Español. He also served as an anchor and producer at CitrusTV, the oldest student-run television station in the United States and as a sportswriter for The Daily Orange.
In 2007, he interned at NBC's New York/Northeast news bureau in New York City. While interning at NBC, he worked with network-level news correspondents and producers to help produce content for a variety of platforms including the Nightly News with Brian Williams, the Today Show, and MSNBC. In 2008, Jason interned at KABC-TV in Los Angeles where he worked with reporters in the field and assisted with a variety of newsroom operations.
He grew up in Calabasas, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles. He is passionate about singing, and goes to the local karaoke spots whenever he can. He also enjoys watching or playing sports and taking spontaneous adventures.