EMMY Award winning News Anchor Sherri Jackson is a veteran journalist who has spent nearly two decades telling the stories of the people of Central Alabama at WIAT 42 News.
Prior to making her home in Birmingham in 1998, she worked for WGXA-TV in Macon, GA, WSAV-TV in Savannah GA, and WSAZ-TV in Charleston and Huntington West Virginia. The graduate of Morehead State University in Morehead, KY is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Radio Television Digital News Association and of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Twice voted “Best News Anchor” in Alabama by the Alabama Broadcasters Association Sherri continues to excel as a journalist and as weekday Anchor for WIAT 42 News at 5, 6 & 10 o’clock.
The EMMY award winning journalist has received recognition for her work covering AIDS in the city of Birmingham. Her piece “AIDS from Alabama to Africa” received a national award from the National Association of Black Journalists. As a reporter she is dedicated to telling the stories that touch people’s lives in a series of special reports called “Faith in Action”. The series launched after Sherri took a mission trip to Arusha, Tanzania and split from her mission team to cover the story of a missionary doctor in Bomet, Kenya who says she was miraculously healed after testing positive for HIV. The story of what happened at Tenwek Hospital became Sherri’s first Faith in Action story in 2007. Since then WIAT 42 has broadcast many stories of people putting their Faith in Action to help other people.
Family is crucial to this wife and mother who has a strong belief in giving back to the community. That’s why much of Sherri’s community involvement centers on supporting agencies that support families. She has served on several boards with non-profit organizations that serve women and children. Those currently include the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Foundry and Lawson State Community College Foundation. Previously she served on the board for the Children’s Aid Society, Childcare Resources, and Red Cross Blood Services.
Sherri is proud of the work she does at WIAT 42 that impacts the lives of people in our community. She has worked on several Special reports at WIAT 42 that have won awards. She is most proud of the 2014 EMMY award for “Hope and Honor: A tribute to four girls”. The documentary follows sculptor Elizabeth MacQueen’s making of the “Four Spirits” monument in Birmingham’s Kelly Ingram Park.
Sherri’s other awards and honors include: 2014 News Anchor EMMY Nomination, 2014 Associated Press Television News Anchor, 2014 Associated Press Documentary Award for “Hope and Honor” 2013 SPJ Green Eye Shade Award Public Service in Television Journalism “Concussion Awareness”, 2012 Edward R. Murrow Regional Awards: “Concussion Special: Protecting Young Minds”, “Deadly Deception”, and the WIAT 42 News at 6, 2011 RTDNA/UNITY Award for “Continuing the Dream”, 2010 Childcare Resources “Friend of Children” Children’s Advocacy Award, 2009 Alabama Broadcaster Associations ABBY Award for “Stand Up to Cancer.”