KGO's award-winning Morning News team brings you the most up-to-date news and information from around the Bay Area as you make your way to school or work.
From 5am to 9am co-anchors Jennifer Jones Lee and Jon Bristow bring you the latest news, weather, traffic, and business, as well as some spirited fun. Listen every weekday to KGO 810.
Jennifer Jones Lee (morning anchor)
Jennifer Jones Lee is celebrating her 20th year in radio. She joined the KGO News team in 2000 as a reporter in the South Bay Bureau. In 2002, she was named co-anchor of the Noon News, and was promoted to co-anchor of the KGO Morning News in 2004.
Throughout her years at KGO, Jen has received numerous awards for reporting and anchoring from both the Associated Press and the NorCal Radio-Television News Director’s Association. She also
received the RTNDA's National Edward R. Murrow for sports reporting.
Jen loves a challenge and has taken on many at KGO. She was sent across the country on a Greyhound bus to cover the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City. Her next major assignment sent her to Los Angeles for two months, where she covered every day of the San Francisco Dog Mauling Case. After that, she was the lead reporter on the Scott Peterson murder trial, and her reports were broadcast around the country. In 2008, Jennifer covered the 2008 Republican National Convention in MN. In her current role, she enjoys the excitement that comes from doing live interviews every day on the KGO Morning News.
One of the craziest assignments of her career was entering the media Bull Riding contest at the Grand National Rodeo in San Francisco. That's where a bull named "Dental Appointment" unsaddled her after about one second, and she broke her arm in the fall.
When Jen is not catching up on sleep, you can find her gardening or in the kitchen trying out one of the bazillion recipes she's ripped out of magazines. She loves to entertain and will find any excuse to host a backyard BBQ. Jen plays guitar and sings, and a good jam session is one of her most relaxing pastimes.
Jen and her husband, Army CPT Scott Lee, married in 2009. The two met after being pen pals during Scott's first tour in Iraq in 2004. They live in Petaluma with their two hound dogs - Shasta and Scarlett, three cats - Stella, Savannah and Shelby, and their one-eyed fish Willie. The two share a love of music, travel, sports and most of all, their animals.
Tweet Jennifer at @JenJonesLeeKGO.
Jon Bristow (morning anchor)
From a very early age, Jon Bristow had a romance with radio. Spending many a night tuning the bedside radio to stations as far away as he could find them, Jon knew that one day he would be one of those voices.
Jon began his career in radio just after graduation from Sonoma Valley High School. At 17, he was hired as an announcer by KZST in Santa Rosa. Upon graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in Broadcast Communications, he moved to KEEN/KBAY in San Jose. Three years later he went to KSAN.
Jon came to KGO first as a contributing reporter while working for KKIS in Concord. A year later, he was hired away by KGO as reporter and primary fill-in anchor for the KGO Morning and Afternoon News. In November 2010, he was made co-anchor of the Noon News and in May 2011 he also began co-anchoring the Morning News.
Jon figured he had made the right career choice, when he tried several times to get the attention of a Radio Shack employee, whose back was turned to him. Jon was about to give up when the worker finally turned around and said, “Oh, I'm sorry...I thought you were the radio!”
While at KGO, Jon has been recognized with awards for reporting and anchoring including an Associated Press Award for Best Newscast in California.
Away from work Jon enjoys shooting hoops, playing tennis, attending sporting events, concerts, comedy clubs (he loves to laugh and is known as a punster of the first order) and movies. Occasionally he puts his musical talents to use by singing karaoke. If he had it to do over again he would become a rock star.
Jeannie Lynch (morning South Bay reporter)
Talking current events around the table was part of every dinner hour when Jeannie Lynch was growing up. So, her transition into Broadcasting came naturally. She first worked in politics before
transitioning into broadcasting, where she has been for the past 25 years.
After working as a press secretary for the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, she transitioned to television, where she worked as editorial and public affairs director at KNTV in San Jose.
Jeannie later went to KRON-TV for the ten years as their overnight anchor, where she covered stories like the Loma Prieta Earthquake and the San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl victory in 1995.
Jeannie joined KGO Radio in 2000, where she currently works as a general assignment reporter. Her reporting and production work has earned her recognition from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, as well as a local Emmy and other editorial honors.
Jeannie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Santa Clara University. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, sports and spending time with her wonderful family.
Jenna Lane (morning reporter and fill-in anchor)
Jenna Lane has been a reporter, anchor and editor in radio, online and print since age eight, when she documented her 4-H Club's activities for her hometown newspaper.
She joined the KGO Radio News team in 2004, and has since contributed to award-winning coverage of many major Bay Area news events, such as the Oscar Grant shooting and Johannes
Mehserle trial, the San Bruno pipeline explosion, and the tanker truck fire that melted the MacArthur Freeway.
Before joining KGO, Jenna was an editor at Bay City News Service and a reporter/anchor at an all-news station in Portland, ME. Jenna’s breaking news and feature reporting have been honored repeatedly by the Associated Press and the Radio-Television News Directors Association in both California and Maine.
"As a reporter, one of the best conversation starters I've ever had is my KGO microphone,” says Jenna. “Almost every day people from all walks of life come up to me and say, 'KGO! I've been listening to you since I was a kid!' It is an honor to represent this legendary radio station.”
Jenna was promoted to full-time reporter with the KGO Morning News Team in 2011.
A fifth generation Bay Area native who grew up in Sonoma County, Jenna currently lives with her husband and son in San Francisco.
Tweet story ideas to Jenna @JennaLane.
Mark Nieto (KGO Morning Traffic Anchor)
Driven by his love for music, a fascination with CB's (remember those?) and strong interest in journalism, Mark Nieto realized early that radio was his calling.
Bay Area born and raised, he attended San Jose State University, where he gained a higher education, but mostly just spent a lot of time at KSJS, the college radio station.
He graduated as Bay Area traffic reporting became a big business and landed a job at Traffic Central in 1986.
Since that time, Mark has been a traffic reporter or newsman on many local radio stations, and now he's thrilled to be the morning traffic anchor at KGO.
What makes Mark stand out from his peers is the way he injects personality into his reports, making them personable, informative and entertaining.
While he's gone by several different names over the years -- including Mark Anthony, Mark Van Ness and Tony Marcus -- his love for morning radio and unique form of passing on the insanity of what we call Bay Area traffic has never changed.
Mark grew up in Fremont and attended Mission San Jose High School.
Tweet story ideas to Mark @MarkNietoKGO810.
Rich Walcoff (Sports Director)
As a nine-year old kid in New York, Rich Walcoff used to turn the sound down on the Yankee games and do his own play-by-play into his tape recorder. He knew from an early age that sports reporting was what he wanted to do.
He got his first real microphone experience as courtside announcer for his high school basketball games. He then went on to became the Voice of UConn Huskies football, basketball and baseball on WHUS-FM, the oldest college radio station in the nation.
Rich worked his way to KGO, becoming sideline reporter and pre-and post-game talk host during the 49er glory years – 1987-2004.
Rich then spent five seasons co-hosting Oakland Raiders pre- and post-game talk shows before returning to the 49ers broadcast team in 2012.
The Bay Area has now been waking up to Rich Walcoff's entertaining and insightful sports reports on the KGO Radio Morning News for almost three decades, and more recently on The Man Cave during the KSFO Morning Show.
An avid tennis player and former goalkeeper for the University of Connecticut varsity soccer team, Rich's diverse career has featured stints as morning sports anchor for ABC-7 TV; play-by-play voice for University of California Golden Bears basketball and San Jose State Spartans football; color analyst for Cal football; and sports columnist for the S.F. Examiner and BayCitizen.Org. He has also guest-hosted a variety of talk shows on KGO Radio, including general news, travel and cooking programs.
Rich's daily sports commentaries can now also be heard on the KSFO Morning Show.
You can tweet Rich at @RichWalcoff with interesting sports info or story ideas.