Jann Carl Biography, Age, Height, Family, Husband, Net Worth, Small Town Big Deal

Jann Carl Biography

Jann Carl is an American television host, reporter and part owner of the syndicated TV show Small Town Big Deal. She is also a founding partner of Yellville Productions, an independent television production company.

Jann graduated from Moline (Illinois) High School in 1978 and later joined University of Missouri School of Journalism, graduating in 1982 with a degree in broadcast journalism. She served as the Grand Marshall for the 90th University of Missouri homecoming.

Jann Carl Age

Jann was born on May 19, 1960 in Carthage, Missouri, United States (58 years old as of 2018).

Jann Carl Height

Jann stands at an average height, thou her exact measurements have not yet been given.

Jann Carl Family – Jann Carl Husband

Jann is married to David Sears and they have two children a son Matthew Sears and a daughter Katherine Sears. Her son, Matthew, suffers from epilepsy.

Jann Carl Daughter

Jann Carl Daughter, Katherine Sears, is an accomplished equestrienne. Katherine began riding since she was nine. She competed in the 3′ and 3’6″ hunter, jumper and equitation divisions as a junior amateur. She won won awards from the San Fernando Valley Horse Show Association and the California Professional Horseman’s Association. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Lydia F. Theurkauf Memorial Sportsmanship Award.

In 2016 she joined the Medieval Times equestrian team at the Rose Parade New Year’s Day as a Medieval Times princess.

“Never in a million years did I think I would be a princess in the Rose Parade, riding a majestic stallion alongside a court of handsome knights… The 2016 Rose Parade’s theme really rings true for me,” said Sears. “Riding in the Rose Parade, as a member of Medieval Times Royal Court …I believe I’ve found my adventure!” Katherine said.

Katherine has a degree in Political Science from the American University in Washington, DC. After graduating she was hired by the school to be the School of Professional & Extended Studies Bridge Programs Coordinator.

Jann Carl Career

Jann co-host TV show Small Town Big Deal together with Rodney K. Miller, the two report on uplifting stories about people, places and events throughout communities big and small across the United States.

Small Town Big Deal was first aired on September 6, 2012, on the RFD-TV cable network. It has aired almost 100 episodes since 2012 and is now viewed on network and local television stations in nearly 80 percent of the United States.

She is also well-known for her 14 years at Entertainment Tonight. Carl is nationally respected for her interviews with influential newsmakers. She has interviewed some famous people including Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Diane Sawyer, Tom Hanks, and Barack and Michelle Obama.

She began as a news reporter at WLS in Chicago and later moved to Los Angeles, where she reported for KABC and hosted KABC’s “Eye on L.A.” magazine show.

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Carl was the co-anchor with the late Los Angeles broadcast legend Hal Fishman at KTLA-TV, throughout the late 1980s and early 1990s. Later, she became an executive producer of the show Sold! for the History Channel.

Carl has appeared on America’s Next Top Model and Candid Camera. She has co-hosted the Emmy pre-show, the “Oscar Countdown” Academy Award show, the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon and the Tournament of Roses Parade on CBS and HGTV. She has been associated with Muscular Dystrophy Association for more than 25 years.

Carl has also served as the master of ceremonies for the “Model Citizen” fashion shows. These shows benefit the MU Thompson center for Autisim and Neurodevelopmental Disorders.

In November 2016, she was awarded the “Distinguished Service Award,” by the University of Missouri Alumni Association which is the highest award bestowed upon a University of Missouri alum.

Jann Carl Net Worth

The information about her net worth or the amount of salary she earns will be updated soon.

Are Rodney Miller And Jann Carl Married

Rodney and Jann are nothing more than co-hosts of the syndicated TV show Small Town Big Deal. Rodney is married to Kendra and they have three children and two grandchildren while Jann is married to David Sears and they have two children.

Jann Carl and Rodney Miller began co hosting Small Town Big Deal on 6th September 2012 on the RFD-TV cable network. They report on uplifting stories about  people, places and events throughout communities big and small across the United States.

Jann Carl Small Town Big Deal

Small Town Big Deal is an American television news magazine co-hosted by Rodney K. Miller and Jann Carl. The program runs in first-run syndication with a focus on human interest stories in rural America. The show was first aired on September 6, 2012, on the RFD-TV cable network.

To put a spin on a popular saying about Las Vegas, what happens in a small town stays in a small town. That’s because small cities and towns across America often get lost in the mainstream media that focuses on major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles. “Small Town Big Deal” tries to change that by telling the stories of innovation, tradition and success that are happening in rural places. Episodes cover small-town residents having an impact on others through their actions and notable businesses, including the Frankenmuth, Mich., retail store that is considered the world’s largest Christmas store.

First episode date: September 6, 2012
Network: RFD-TV
Original network: RFD-TV; Syndication
Cast: Jann Carl, Rodney K. Miller

Jann Carl – Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

In 1996 Jann was chosen by Jerry Lewis as a national co-host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Labor Day Telethon and has been involved with the organisation since then. As of 2000 she served as a national board member. She has previously served as the organisations national vice president. In 1998 she was honored with Paragon Award for her exceptional service.

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Jann Carl Interview

How did you land a job in Chicago straight out of college?

Jann Carl: I actually entered a contest and met a woman there who’s husband worked in L.A. When I finished my degree, she called and said, “I’ve talked to my husband’s agent, and you should send him your tape.”

So I sent off this resume tape and he brought me to L.A., and one of those gentlemen became the general manager for the ABC station there. I wonder what sort of blackmail the agent used because I was only 23 years old.

It was just one of those unique instances where you make one decision, and it impacts your life forever. I also met my husband at the same contest. Thank goodness I went.

How did you become an anchor for Entertainment Tonight?

Jann Carl: The same woman I met at that contest’s husband was the head of television at Paramount Pictures. I heard there might be an opening because Leeza Gibbons was maybe leaving. So I called the personal contact and actually got in touch with his wife.

I said, “All I want to know is how can I get considered for the job.” I guess she talked with him, and the next thing I know they said, “How would you like to audition to be the host of ‘Hard Copy’?” So I went in and auditioned. About six months later, I got a call back that said there wasn’t a host position available, but there was a correspondent position.

How do you prepare for high-profile interviews with people like Paris Hilton?

Jann Carl: I annoy the heck out of every research department and request a full research packet and remind myself of all the highlights of their careers.

I read old articles from when they were just starting out. I also read new articles that have just come out and really try to immerse myself in their career from the beginning to present before we sit down.

I try to be aware of everything going on in their lives. When I first got to ET, I would pull old interviews that other reporters at ET had done and would watch them on their tapes to get a sense of who they were.

It seems you would have an entourage. Who else takes care of you besides your assistant?

Jann Carl: Because it’s such a visual medium, we have hair and makeup and a wardrobe department. When anyone has a compliment, I always tell them that it takes a village. These are true professionals.

What is a normal day like for you?

Jann Carl: I don’t have a regular schedule. Sometimes I’ll have a call time for the weekend show at 5 a.m., or I could have a day that I just have voice-over work, and I can do that from my house.

Or I could have a premiere at night. One day I was at work, and then my boss Linda said, ‘I need you on the red-eye tonight. You have an interview in Raleigh with Michelle Obama.’

Do you drink a lot of coffee?

Jann Carl: I got through college with no beer and no coffee. I think I was a prime time news anchor in L.A. when I discovered coffee.

How do you balance your work and your family life?

Jann Carl: It is very difficult. I would say in the early years I didn’t balance it very well. You work a lot of hours; you’re trying to prove yourself.

In recent years, it has been better. I don’t work as many days or as many hours. I felt my children were growing up too much without me.

The idea of having it all is a bit of a pipe dream. I think the trick is the words you use and finding a balance that makes you happy.

How has a Mizzou degree has affected your journalism career?

Jann Carl: Through some extraordinary circumstances, my first job was as a street reporter for WLS in Chicago. I don’t believe there is any way on Earth that I could have pulled that off if I hadn’t gone to Mizzou.

How do you find a baby sitter?

Jann Carl: Oh golly. Our first nanny came with the house. When I was pregnant with my daughter, we bought a new house and the family that was leaving said they had an amazing nanny, so we interviewed her and got that same sense of compassion and everything.

Otherwise, I generally will go to reputable agencies.

What do you do in your free time?

Jann Carl: That’s a really good question. You know, my daughter rides horses, and I like to spend time at the barn watching her ride.

I also like to spend time with the other barn mothers because it truly is an escape from Hollywood. You’re out there among the horses and the dogs and the dust.

What was your favorite part of Mizzou (outside the classroom)?

Jann Carl: I loved being in a sorority (Kappa Kappa Gamma). I had the opportunity to meet some really great women. I didn’t have any sisters growing up, so all the sudden I was living with 78 sisters.

I didn’t go to the bars a lot; I was boring. I just loved being in the J-School. One year I was the tiger mascot (1979-1980) before he was Truman. That was great fun.

Source: columbiamissourian.com (2008)

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