Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "Small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas." And that's a philosophy Spencer tries to take into news, story telling as a discussion of ideas, while recognizing the people and events that make it possible. While working as Anchor and Executive Producer of the Western Slopes first HD newscast Spencer will continue to strive to bring that exceptional journalism to the viewers of KJCT News 8.
Growing up in Los Angeles, Spencer was ironically restricted from watching the Hollywood-spun L.A. news by his parents, a psychologist and a child development teacher. Perhaps this fostered his desire to discover the forbidden, leading Spencer to eventually earn a degree in Film and Television from Chapman University, with an emphasis in Broadcast Journalism. Spencer put his education to use with his first foray into the news business in Scottsbluff, Nebraska.
"It was definitely a culture shock, but a learning experience that can't be duplicated in a classroom," Spencer says. From Nebraska, Spencer got to move back to his home state and a position as the weekend anchor for KGET news in Bakersfield. He credits his return to California mostly to luck, saying simply "I was in the right place at the right time, and couldn't be happier to be close to my family again."
Spencer then took a job as a reporter and fill-in anchor for KFMB in San Diego, CA, where he continued to strive for excellent journalism earning his first Emmy for a breaking news story on a military jet crash in a Southern California community. Spencer thanks his friends and family for their support in shaping his life and career. He hopes to continue to learn while serving the western slope communities. "That's what I love about reporting, you learn something new everyday," he says half smirking. "Whether it's something you wanted to know, well that's another question."
Spencer would love to hear from you in an effort to continue to discuss ideas and bring you the most pertinent news that affects you. Just send him an email at SWashburn@kjct8.com and of course, when you see him out in the community be sure to introduce yourself or just say hello.