Jana Shortal Biography and Wikipedia
Jana Shortal is an American Emmy award-winning journalist, anchor and reporter currently working as a news anchor at KARE 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She joined KARE 11 in 2003 as a general assignment reporter to hosting Breaking The News, on weeknights at 6:30.
Beyond her work as a journalist, Jana is also recognized for her advocacy and activism. She has been vocal about issues related to LGBTQ+ rights, body positivity, and mental health, using her platform to raise awareness and promote positive change
Jana Shortal Education
Jana attended the University of Missouri – Columbia, where she studied journalism and communication arts, honing her skills in news reporting, writing, and broadcast journalism. RELATED: Jason Hackett
Jana Shortal Age and Birthday
How old is Jana? Jana is 46 years old as of 2023. She was born on March 24, 1977, in the United States. Her birthday is always celebrated on March 24th of every year.
Jana Shortal Nationality and Ethnicity
Shortal holds American nationality and citizenship by birth. She was born and raised in the United States. She belongs to the White-American ethnicity/heritage/ancestry.
Jana Shortal Height
How tall is Jana? Shortal stands at an average height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 m)
Jana Shortal Family | Parents
Shortal is the daughter of (mother) Maureen Shortal and her father is unknown. Her mother is a retired teacher and has five siblings. Details about her father and siblings including their names are currently under review.
Jana Shortal Wife and Wedding
Is Jana married? Jana is openly gay and is married to her wife Laura Zebuhr, a professor in the Writing Studies department at the University of Minnesota. The duo have been together for more than a decade but they officially got married in September 2021 after their engagement in October 2019. READ: Randy Shaver
Jana Shortal Baby | Son
On July 6, 2021, Laura and her partner Laura through their social media accounts announced they were expecting a baby and in December 2021, Laura gave birth to a baby boy.
Jana Shortal Surgery
On August 10, 2021, Jana through her Twitter account stated that she will be out of the news for a couple of days after minor surgery.
Jana Shortal Before | Gay
Jana embraced her identity as a gay woman in 2003 when she was 26 years old. As a reporter, however, Jana felt compelled to conform to societal expectations by maintaining her “lady uniform.” She had to don dresses and style her naturally curly hair into a chin-length bob. In 2016, an opportunity arose for Jana to host her own show, and a producer encouraged her to be authentic and true to herself. At last, she shed her “Lady uniform” and confidently stepped into the studio wearing pants, loafers, cropped hair, and a pair of thick-rimmed glasses.
Jana Shortal Weight Loss
Jana while at a young age, had an eating disorder which she was treated for. The disorder made her lose weight. Though more details about her weight loss are still under review.
Jana Shortal Salary
Jana working as a news anchor at KARE 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota earns an estimated annual salary of $120,000.
Jana Shortal Net Worth
Jana Shortal is an American Emmy award-winning journalist, anchor and reporter with an estimated net worth of $2 million. RELATED: Belinda Jensen
Jana Shortal KARE 11
Jana currently works as a news anchor at KARE 11 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2003, Jana joined KARE 11, an NBC-affiliated television station based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It was at KARE 11 that Jana truly made her mark as a journalist. Known for her unfiltered reporting style and her willingness to address controversial topics, Jana quickly became a prominent figure in the local news scene.
One of Jana’s most notable moments came in 2015 when she covered the high-profile case of the death of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, who had been missing since 1989. Jana’s coverage of the case gained national attention and praise for her empathetic and compassionate approach to the story.
Jana began her career at KBJR-TV in Duluth, Minnesota, where she worked as a reporter and anchor. During her time at KBJR-TV, Jana covered a wide range of stories, including breaking news, community issues, and human interest features. Her dedication and commitment to her craft earned her recognition and respect within the industry.
Throughout her career, Jana has received numerous accolades for her outstanding work in journalism. She has been honored with several regional Emmy Awards, including awards for Best News Anchor and Best Investigative Reporter. Jana’s unique style and dedication to authentic reporting have resonated with audiences, making her a trusted and respected journalist in the industry.
Beyond her work as a journalist, Jana is also recognized for her advocacy and activism. She has been vocal about issues related to LGBTQ+ rights, body positivity, and mental health, using her platform to raise awareness and promote positive change.