Jesse Wells

KFOR-TV Reporter

Jesse joined Oklahoma's NewsChannel 4 as a general assignment reporter in May 2007. He's a born and bred Hawkeye. Later he became a transplanted Hoosier and Badger. Now he's happy to call Soonerland home.
Hometown: My hometown is Bettendorf, Iowa . It's one of the Quad Cities, or as I like to call it the heart of Hawkeye country.
Life Goal: My only life goal is to live a healthy and happy life with my wife Jennifer and son Ryne. I have never set any career goals. Family always comes first.
Play any sports/Favorite Sport: My favorite sports to play are basketball and baseball. But... my favorite sport to watch is college football. It doesn't get any better for me than watching my beloved Hawkeyes. In college every game brings an electric atmosphere. Every game is do or die.
Favorite TV Show: My favorite show of all time is the X-Files. Currently (as of winter 2009) my favorite show is Lost, and unlike the X-Files, it actually has an end-game strategy.
Favorite Car: The Corvette. Any year, but especially 1953-1967 and 1997 through today. There's a reason they call it America's sports car. It is the original American muscle car.
Happiest moment in my life was...: The two happiest moments of my life are the day I got married and the day my son was born. On my wedding say I was still recovering from a bout with pneumonia, but I knew I had met the love of my life. My son was born around 3:30 early one November morning. That’s the day my life changed forever.
4 notable persons you'd invite to dinner: The real question is living or dead? Dead would be John Lennon, George Carlin, Harry Truman and Walter Payton. Living would be Paul McCartney, Michael Jordon, Tom Hanks, and Barack Obama.
Favorite food: Chicago style deep dish pizza. Nice and thick! You can keep the thin stuff.
I have a pet (what) ..I wish I had a pet (what)... My wife and I have a pet cat named Rosie. We simply call her Kitty. She's a great low maintenance pet.
Knew you wanted to be a reporter when…: I came to the profession almost by accident. I started college as a film student, writing screenplays and shooting small student films. Around by junior year, I realized making money on movies wasn't going to be easy. So I wanted a career that combined the visuals of film and my love of writing. TV reporting is daily story telling. The rest is history.
Best movie of all time: It's a 3-way tie. The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which is technically three movies in one). Saving Private Ryan and Braveheart aren't far behind. Clearly, I love the modern epics. They all have great stories, great effects and are just simply great guy movies.
Hardest part of my job: Deadlines. There is no room to budge. 6 o'clock is 6 o'clock. When showtime comes, a job done 2 minutes late is an utter failure.
Best part of my job: The job always brings something new. You get to tell a different story every day.
Favorite holiday: Christmas. There's not really even a close second. It's got nothing to do with religion for me. I'll be honest, the presents are nice. Who doesn't like gifts?
I like to listen to...: Mostly classic rock. There is no one better than The Beatles. Pink Floyd. Led Zeppelin. The Eagles. Being in high school and college during the 90's, I'm also partial to bands like Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Metallica.
Anything else you want viewers to know about you? I joined News Channel 4 in May 2007. Before moving to Oklahoma I worked for two years as a reporter in Sioux City, another 3 years in Fort Wayne and then 2 more in Green Bay. All were NBC affiliates. Now I'm proud to work at the number one news station in Oklahoma.
Before coming to Oklahoma, Jesse spent eight years as a reporter around the Midwest. Most recently he worked as a reporter for two years at NBC26 in Green Bay. During his time in Wisconsin, he specialized in covering many high profile court cases.
Before that Jesse worked as a reporter for more than three years at NBC33 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. During that time he met his wife, Jennifer, who moved with him to Green Bay and eventually to Oklahoma City. Prior to working as a Hoosier, Jesse spent almost two years as a "one man band" reporter/photographer at KTIV in Sioux City, Iowa.
In May 1999, Jesse graduated with degrees in both Journalism and Film Studies from the University of Iowa. Jesse earned many academic awards in college. He's a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Kappa Tau Alpha, and Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies, graduating Summa Cum Laude, the highest distinction honor given by the university.
In his spare time Jesse loves sports. While baseball, basketball, and boxing are among his favorites, his true love is Hawkeye football.
Jesse is also an avid movie buff. Watch for him at the multiplex each weekend, as he catches the latest flick with Jennifer. "Movies aren't that different from news," Jesse explains. "They're both centered on people and their stories. Of course Hollywood uses more CGI, but for human drama it's hard to top the evening news."

Recent Articles

  • OKC police investigate after drunk man nears death while in custody

    Posted on: 1:14 pm, April 14, 2014, by , updated on: 06:11pm, April 14, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police are investigating two of their own as a metro man clings to life at...
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  • Deadly house fire in OKC ruled a homicide

    Posted on: 9:41 am, April 13, 2014, by , updated on: 05:19pm, April 15, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A deadly fire in the metro may be the result of murder. Police and fire were called to...
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  • Brothers arrested following alleged sex and drug trafficking investigation

    Posted on: 4:45 pm, April 11, 2014, by , updated on: 05:19pm, April 11, 2014

    NICOMA PARK, Okla. – Two brothers are behind bars here in the metro following an investigation into an alleged sex...
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  • Armed robbery caught on camera in OKC

    Posted on: 5:26 pm, April 10, 2014, by

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police are searching for three men wanted for an armed robbery in the metro. The...
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  • 67-year-old OKC man accused of raping 70-year-old neighbor

    Posted on: 4:56 pm, April 9, 2014, by , updated on: 05:20pm, April 9, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A senior citizen in Oklahoma City is behind bars tonight accused of raping his 70-year-old elderly neighbor....
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  • Human remains near Chandler may belong to man missing since 2010

    Posted on: 5:21 pm, April 8, 2014, by

    CHANDLER, Okla. – A gruesome discovery may solve a missing persons case near Chandler. Law enforcement in Lincoln county searched...
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  • Off-duty Choctaw officer helps catch suspect following deadly stabbing

    Posted on: 4:06 pm, April 7, 2014, by , updated on: 12:16pm, April 8, 2014

      OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro mother is dead and one man remains behind bars following a fatal stabbing over...
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  • OKC man accused of hitting elderly woman with log

    Posted on: 3:08 pm, April 4, 2014, by , updated on: 06:22pm, April 4, 2014

    An Oklahoma City man is under arrest for allegedly assaulting an elderly woman with a log. The victim told police...
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  • Vandals caught on camera painting graffiti on Myriad Gardens

    Posted on: 4:09 pm, April 2, 2014, by , updated on: 05:30pm, April 2, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A group of vandals is caught on camera defacing a downtown park. Last week several suspects armed...
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  • OK Supreme Court rules in school shelter petition fight

    Posted on: 6:32 pm, April 1, 2014, by

    An effort to put more storm shelters in Oklahoma classrooms is dealt a big blow by the state Supreme Court....
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  • OK Supreme Court rules on school shelter debate

    Posted on: 2:39 pm, April 1, 2014, by , updated on: 06:23pm, April 1, 2014

    An effort to put more storm shelters in Oklahoma classrooms is dealt a big blow by the state Supreme Court....
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  • Pregnant woman shot and killed in OKC

    Posted on: 5:42 pm, March 31, 2014, by

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An 18-year-old girl and her unborn child were gunned down in northeast Oklahoma City. Police found the victim...
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