Jerry is originally from Rome, Georgia, where he started his broadcasting career in 1968 at the age of 15. He began working as a part-time announcer at WROM AM and FM while still in high school.
Radio news was the first step on Jerry’s way to full-time broadcast journalism. After high school and college, the military came into the picture. Jerry served as a sergeant (Broadcast Journalist) in the U.S. Army Reserve. His unit, the 209th Public Information Detachment, was part of the American Forces Radio and Television Service.
Jerry’s first commercial television job was as an anchor at WMAZ-TV Macon, Georgia in 1977. He later moved to anchor/reporter positions at KFDX-TV Wichita Falls, Texas, WTXL-TV Tallahassee, Florida, WKRN-TV Nashville, Tennessee, WWAY-TV Wilmington, North Carolina and WDEF-TV Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Jerry has served on the Salvation Army Board, the Bay Haven Charter Academy Foundation and helped with the March of Dimes program.He and his wife Kimmy have two daughters, Hannah and Lindsey.