Jim Patton is an award-winning anchor and reporter for CW6 News.
The California native came to CW6 in 2003 from KOCO, the ABC affiliate in Oklahoma City. Jim spent five years in Oklahoma, rising to main anchor and covering a variety of major stories including a 1999 tornado outbreak, the Columbine shootings and the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh. Previously, Jim was an anchor for KMIR, the NBC affiliate in Palm Springs and prior to that directed a community cable station for the City of West Covina.
During his time with CW6, Jim has received four local Emmys for reporting, including stories about the border and drunk driving. He also has numerous Emmy nominations. When covering the tornadoes of ’99, Jim found himself literally in the path of the most powerful tornado ever recorded. He shared the experience during live appearances on Good Morning America and Larry King Live, as well as a special for the Discovery Channel. Jim also received an award from the Oklahoma Broadcaster’s Association for the story of a man who lost his son in a plane crash. And he was honored by the California Broadcaster’s Association for a documentary on the history of a community college.
Jim was born in San Francisco and has family throughout California and here in San Diego. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in History. He likes running, playing guitar and chess. He’s still single.