Jim Donovan, an Emmy Award-winning consumer reporter whose honors run the gamut from the Better Business Bureau to the Associated Press, is the featured reporter for the 3 On Your Side consumer unit. Donovan came to CBS 3 in January, 2004 from WBNS-TV, the CBS station in Columbus, Ohio.
Donovan began his career as a news department intern at WWOR-TV in Secaucus, New Jersey in 1987. For the first six years of his career he worked there in a variety of roles, including news writer and as an Emmy-nominated field producer. In 1993, he joined WNBC-TV, the NBC flagship station in New York City, as a research coordinator. It was there that he earned his first Emmy Award for an investigative report on plane crash survival.
In 1994, Donovan made the jump to network programming and joined NBC's cable business network, CNBC, as an investigative producer and consumer reporter for "Steals & Deals," a nightly consumer news program. At CNBC Donovan developed his passion for consumer advocacy and his work there earned him a National Cable Ace nomination and allowed him to contribute reports for NBC's Today Show.
In 1997, Donovan left the Big Apple to start an investigative unit at WGHP-TV, a highly rated Fox television station in High Point, North Carolina. While working in North Carolina the Better Business Bureau named him "Outstanding Consumer Reporter." In 2000 Donovan was recruited by WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. At WBNS he served as the station's lead consumer reporter, earning an Emmy Award and an additional five Emmy nominations for his consumer investigations and reporting.
A native of Staten Island, NY, Donovan is a graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication.
In his free time, Donovan enjoys traveling the world. His passport includes stamps from 33 countries in Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and the South Pacific. When he's not on vacation, Donovan resides in Center City Philadelphia where he also gives trolley tours as part of Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program.
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