Jennifer Livingston

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Jennifer is proud to say she is the newsroom veteran at WKBT. She grew up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and fell in love with journalism after a high school job shadow at a local TV station.

She graduated from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa in 1997 and started at News 8 shortly after that as a general assignment reporter. Jennifer is on her 11th year anchoring News 8 this morning. She’s also the reporter behind our Emmy award winning ‘In Search Of…’ series.

In October, 2012, Jennifer made international news when she addressed a viewer e-mail on air that called her a bad role model because of her weight. Her editorial went viral and has motivated students and adults to stand up to bullies and be kinder to one another.

Favorite song?
The newsroom teases me that I like anything a tween or teenager loves. (Those Jonas brothers are amazing!) However, my favorite type of music is…showtunes baby!

Favorite book?
The Twilight Series. Seriously. Stop laughing.

My best day at News 8 was?
The day I went to cover a story and met a new reporter from the competing station who later became my husband.

Favorite way to spend a day off?
Sleeping in!

What sports team are you a big fan of?
The Chicago White Sox. I grew up watching them with my dad and was able to attend games 1 and 2 of the 2005 World Series when they brought home the championship.

Favorite food?
King Crab Legs. Or anything with chocolate.


In Search Of...Hope Lives (part 3)

See how 'Hope Lives' is helping two people currently in the fight of their lives.

In Search Of...Hope Lives (part 2)

A look at how one idea can impact so many lives

In Search Of...Hope Lives (Part 1)

A personal battle for two young men results in one amazing organization

In Search Of...The Tri-State Accordion Club

An old time instrument is getting popular again thanks to a local group

In Search Of...Wheel of Todd

One family is honoring their son by gifting an amazing Packers experience

In Search Of...Kennet's Grace

A ballet master is teaching so much more than great dance

In Search Of...The Sunny Side Of Life

Meet an area girl determined to overcome any obstacle

In Search Of...Steppin' Out in Pink 2015

A look at how this amazing event got its start

In Search Of..An All American Girl

A La Crosse gymnast is the best there's ever been at the La Crosse YMCA

In Search Of...The Racing Queen

A La Crosse woman is challenging the status quo on the racetrack

In Search Of...A Super Lunch Hero!

Beloved lunch lady in La Crosse honored for her years of service

In Search Of...A Fire Fighting Family

Prairie du Chien firefighter reaches a remarkable milestone

In Search Of...Pajama Grandma Update

An entire community gives back to the woman who's given so much

In Search Of...Fighting with Erin

Central High School senior inspires community after life-changing diagnosis

In Search of...25 Years for Keith and Sam

La Crosse radio team marks their silver anniversay together

In Search Of...The Perfect Team

Holmen woman headed to Dog Sled World Championships

In Search Of...Audra's Animals

The Spirit of an Onalaska girl lives on thanks to the gift of a pet

In Search Of...Rigelsky Adoption

Watch the amazing circumstances around an Onalaska couple's adoption

In Search Of....Gman and Kelly Part 2

Two friends make one amazing dream come true

In Search Of....Gman and Kelly Part 1

Two Trempealeau friends with one unbreakable bond

In Search Of...The Backroad Express Riders

Want to travel in retirement? Check out the way these men are doing it!

In Search Of...Steppin' Out in Pink 2014

A mother-daughter duo has twice the reason to walk

In Search Of...La Crosse Blue Stars mark 50 years!

One area family is a big part of the Blue Stars history

Freedom Honor Flight: A trip to remember

88 veterans welcomed home after visiting war memorials in Washington, D.C.

Freedom Honor Flight: A Hero's Welcome

Local veterans head to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor

In Search Of...Cody's Bucket List

Check out what one boy wants to see before his world goes dark

In Search Of...Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro: UPDATE

Did the 67-year-old Onalaska man make it to the top?

In Search Of...Jenny's Heroes

The Story Behind Jenny's Olson's Final Days

In Search Of...Climbing Kilimanjaro

Onalaska senior preparing to climb Africa's tallest mountain

Holmen's Jenny Olson passes away after long cancer battle

Olson was featured in News 8's 'In Search Of...Choosing Hope' in Nov.

In Search Of...Pajama Grandma

A Trempealeau County woman gives the gift of comfort

In Search Of...The Nutcracker

The La Crosse Dance Centre brings this holiday favorite to life

Winona man loses battle with cancer

Elvin Smothers was featured on News 8's ‘In Search Of' series

In Search Of...'til death do us part

A local couple gets a special gift during their darkest hour

In Search Of...Choosing Hope

Holmen's Jenny Olson battles cancer with optimism

In Search Of...the inspiring Misty Lown

A well known dance teacher says to bullied kids - "Life gets better!"

In Search Of...Steppin' Out in Pink 2013

A La Crosse woman is on a mission after overcoming cancer

In Search of...135 Years of Perpetual Adoration

The Franciscan sisters pray their way into the record books!

In Search Of...A Roof Rescue

A veteran roofer helps rescue a family in need

In Search Of...Pool Sharks

A La Crosse Team wins International Competition