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Honoring the Legacy of Jason Mealey: The Unsung Hero Behind the Scenes

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The News4JAX team fondly recalls the legacy and influence of Jason Mealey, renowned as a “behind-the-scenes champion” within the newsroom.

Jason would have marked his 13th year at The Local Station on Thursday, but tragically, his life was cut short just a day before.

Jason, an Emmy Award-winning news producer and assignment desk editor, touched the lives of all in the newsroom. He played a pivotal role in establishing and launching our [ppp1].

Several members of the Channel 4 family reflect on their memories of Jason and the profound imprint he left on them.

Jason approached his work with utmost seriousness, excelling in desk operations, strategic planning, and coordination. His recent acknowledgment by colleagues for his kindness, patience, and innovative spirit resonates with me. It’s a reminder of the compassionate friend he was, not just a coworker.

Melanie Lawson, Morning Show Anchor

During critical news events, Jason was fully engaged, from making calls and coordinating live TV segments to researching data and creating visuals. Beyond his professional demeanor, he exuded loyalty, kindness, and a laid-back attitude. I valued our conversations that ranged from creative news stories to personal growth challenges. His impact on our weekend shows will be deeply felt.

Ashley Harding, Reporter

Jason’s dedication to his craft was palpable. His warm demeanor and friendly nature will be dearly missed in our newsroom.

Jenn Waugh, Morning Show Anchor

I always felt fortunate to have Jason’s support during my weekend shifts. His adept handling of high-pressure situations, like major news events, was commendable. His guidance and commitment were invaluable during challenging times.

Kenna Rodgers Bear, Managing Editor

Jason consistently offered encouragement and support, particularly in matters of editing and storytelling. His willingness to share knowledge and expertise, whether in filmmaking or editing techniques, was truly appreciated. His absence leaves a void in our newsroom.

Foad Zabaneh, Photographer

The newsroom is reeling from the loss of Jason Mealey, a dear colleague whose contributions were instrumental in launching the News4JAX Help Center. His dedication to crafting informative articles for our viewers reflected his professional pride and versatility in various newsroom roles. Jason’s uniqueness and camaraderie will be greatly missed.

Francine Frazier, Senior Web Producer

Working closely with Jason for over seven months, I experienced firsthand his kindness, reliability, and genuine nature. His passion for journalism shone through in his meticulous approach to every task. His absence leaves a void that will be hard to fill.

Marcela Camargo, Digital Producer

Jason’s impact at Channel 4 was profound, showcasing his dedication, experience, and professionalism across multiple roles. His enthusiasm for pro wrestling and his role in the “Going Ringside With The Local Station” project highlighted his diverse talents. His presence is sorely missed.

Scott Johnson, Weekend Anchor & Reporter

Jason’s calm demeanor and confident presence left a lasting impression on those around him. His love for journalism and his ability to handle any situation with ease and professionalism were truly remarkable.

Richard Nunn, Chief Meteorologist

The news of Jason’s passing has left a profound void in our newsroom. His camaraderie, shared interests, and unwavering support made him a cherished colleague. He will be deeply missed.

Lexi Suda, Assignment Desk Manager

Jason and I joined the Channel 4 family around the same time, forming a bond over sports discussions and mutual respect. His passion for news excellence and his commitment to our team’s success were unwavering. He will be dearly missed.

Kent Justice, Anchor