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

  • Oklahoma City man arrested, home condemned after dead cats, feces found covering floors

    Posted on: 10:26 am, March 14, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:13pm, March 14, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police say they made a horrifying discovery inside a metro home. An Oklahoma City man is behind...
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  • “He’s getting a raw deal,” Bethany man sentenced to 17 years for million dollar Ponzi scheme

    Posted on: 2:38 pm, March 13, 2014, by , updated on: 05:24pm, March 13, 2014

    BETHANY, Okla. – A Bethany man is headed to prison after he was convicted of swindling more than $4 million...
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  • Clean Sweep: Police searching for armed robbers who stole from local laundry mat

    Posted on: 1:03 pm, March 12, 2014, by , updated on: 05:14pm, March 12, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A small business owner in Oklahoma City gets a rude wake up call from a pair of...
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  • Long vacant apartment complex in OKC comes under fire

    Posted on: 5:23 pm, March 11, 2014, by

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City leaders are looking to crackdown on a well-known nuisance property. The long vacant Lantana apartments...
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  • Nuisance apartments come under fire in OKC

    Posted on: 12:23 pm, March 11, 2014, by , updated on: 05:13pm, March 11, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City leaders are looking to crack down on a well-known nuisance apartment complex. The former Lantana apartments...
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  • OKC Graffiti arrest leads to large drug bust

    Posted on: 5:29 pm, March 10, 2014, by , updated on: 08:40pm, March 10, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City police say an arrest for illegal graffiti last year led to felony drug charges. The bust...
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  • Graffiti arrest in OKC leads to large drug bust

    Posted on: 4:41 pm, March 10, 2014, by , updated on: 08:39pm, March 10, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A graffiti arrest in Oklahoma City leads to felony drug charges. Last year police arrested three people for...
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  • OKC Business falls victim to a high dollar heist

    Posted on: 3:35 pm, March 7, 2014, by , updated on: 05:24pm, March 7, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A persistent thief pulls off a high dollar heist in the metro. A Oklahoma man is caught...
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  • Alleged thief tunnels through walls to burglarize several businesses

    Posted on: 2:01 pm, March 6, 2014, by , updated on: 05:43pm, March 6, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police on Oklahoma City’s south side say they are searching for a crafty thief, who allegedly was...
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  • Two suspects caught on camera robbing, tackling store clerk

    Posted on: 1:09 pm, March 5, 2014, by , updated on: 06:19pm, March 5, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police are asking for help catching a pair of alleged crooks caught on camera roughing...
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  • More flights, more destinations: $70 million expansion coming to Will Rogers World Airport

    Posted on: 3:03 pm, March 4, 2014, by , updated on: 07:45am, March 5, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s big news for anyone that flies in and out of in Oklahoma City. Will Rogers World...
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  • City crews prep for storm while most hope for end of winter

    Posted on: 4:12 pm, March 2, 2014, by

    OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s all hands on deck for city crews working to salt city streets. As the temperature drops,...
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