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 man convicted of murder is accused of second killing before age 20

    Posted on: 12:39 pm, February 28, 2014, by , updated on: 06:15pm, February 28, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – One man is now accused of murdering two people in crimes that are separated by seven years....
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  • Two in custody; Oklahoma City police solve string of jewelry thefts

    Posted on: 3:29 pm, February 27, 2014, by , updated on: 08:21pm, February 27, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police arrested two men following a string of high dollar jewelry store thefts. The arrests...
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  • Fast Food Fail: Alleged car thieves caught on camera in drive-thru

    Posted on: 2:04 pm, February 26, 2014, by , updated on: 06:20pm, February 26, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City police are on the hunt for a classic car. Police say over the weekend, a...
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  • Oklahoma City mother accused of neglecting kids while receiving state childcare funds

    Posted on: 12:06 pm, February 25, 2014, by , updated on: 06:40pm, February 25, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma City mother is accused of neglecting her children by forcing them to live in filth....
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  • Oklahoma 4-year-old dies after falling on knife in “very tragic accident”

    Posted on: 4:10 pm, February 22, 2014, by , updated on: 05:16pm, February 24, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro family is grieving the loss of a 4-year-old boy following a tragic accident. The young...
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  • OKC mom accused of illegal prescription-drug doctor shopping

    Posted on: 3:34 pm, February 21, 2014, by , updated on: 06:20pm, February 21, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma City mother is facing felony charges following a doctor-shopping investigation. Prosecutors say the suspect, 26-year-old Andee...
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  • UPDATE: Authorities arrest theft suspect wanted for violent home invasion, manhunt

    Posted on: 2:33 pm, February 20, 2014, by , updated on: 03:17pm, February 24, 2014

    UPDATE: A man wanted for a series of thefts, an assault that landed one victim in the hospital and escaping a...
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  • Alleged thief targets parents dropping off children at daycare, leads police on manhunt

    Posted on: 11:15 am, February 19, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:18pm, February 19, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – When dropping their children off at a local daycare, many parents are most concerned about their loved...
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  • Power lines blamed for blaze that destroys northwest OKC home

    Posted on: 4:17 pm, February 18, 2014, by , updated on: 05:52pm, February 18, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – A chain reaction fire destroys a home in northwest Oklahoma City. It happened at a home near...
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  • All Clear: Investigators find no evidence of bomb after threat to two Putnam City schools

    Posted on: 1:10 pm, February 17, 2014, by and , updated on: 06:38pm, February 17, 2014

    BETHANY, Okla. – There were some tense moments for students at two Putnam City schools after a bomb threat prompted...
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  • Alleged ‘Ray Ban Bandit’ caught on camera following series of thefts

    Posted on: 12:06 pm, February 14, 2014, by , updated on: 05:25pm, February 14, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – Police say they are searching for a serial thief. Oklahoma City police released surveillance video of a...
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  • Former Thunder guard’s attorney speaks out after charges were dropped

    Posted on: 1:48 pm, February 13, 2014, by , updated on: 06:38pm, February 13, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY – The attorney representing a former Thunder player accused of beating his ex-girlfriend speaks out about the case....
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