Jim Niedelman


Jim Niedelman
Jim Niedelman
I fell in love with the news when I was in the 8th grade. It’s true. My English teacher introduced me to journalism and made me realize it was something I could do for a living. I knew then what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.

Fast forward decades later and here I am in Yakima. I’m native to the West Coast and because of that it feels like home. I grew up in Los Angeles and earned my bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley [it was the Pac 10 back then]. I worked in the business world for a few years before chasing my dream of broadcast journalism. I earned my master’s degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.

Then, my nomadic newsman odyssey began. I started off as a weekend anchor in Greenville, Mississippi. That’s quite a change for a young man from California. I’ve had the pleasure of working in Gainesville, Florida; Allentown, Pennsylvania [yes, Billy Joel wrote a song about it]; Champaign, Illinois; Las Vegas, Nevada and Greenville, North Carolina.

I’ve been fortunate to be recognized for my work with awards from the Associated Press and other acclaimed journalism societies. Though, I never got in this for the accolades. One thing I learned through all of my experiences in big cities and small towns afforded to me in this business is that we’re really not very different no matter where we live. Sure, the accent changes and the food has its regional flair. However, the human condition remains constant. People want the best for their families, their children and their community. They want neighborhoods safe from crime, a nice place to work, good schools and a doctor to go to when they’re not feeling well. They say all news is local and for good reason. The problems and concerns in Yakima are the same as Allentown. The answers to them vary depending on the needs and wishes of the community. More importantly, the involvement of the community. As a journalist, I strive to bring these issues to light and the work being done to address them.

I love movies, plays and live music. I enjoy playing golf, ice skating, rollerblading and skiing if my knees can still handle it. I’m also a bit of a sports fan. I will always bleed the Blue & Gold of my California Golden Bears. I know they will play in the Rose Bowl in my lifetime. Don’t worry, I’ll root for UW and WSU when they don’t play Cal. I’m also a fanatical follower of the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Steelers.

I’m thrilled to be in the Yakima Valley and am happy to discover all of its treasures with you. Contact me by email any time.

Recent stories by Jim Niedelman

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