Jesse’s first visit to WEAU was back in 1982 as a 7-year-old kid, when he watched the behind-the-scenes action of a 6 p.m. newscast. From that moment on, he knew he belonged in a newsroom.
After many years of working in other cities, Jesse is happy to have returned home to Eau Claire, Wisconsin – and to work at the place where his dream started.
Jesse joins WEAU after serving as sports anchor and reporter for KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming. There, he covered everything from youth and high school sports all the way to Division I college events at the University of Wyoming. He was part of the broadcast team for the Wyoming men's basketball team's trip to Seattle for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. In his brief time there, he was recognized with an award from the Wyoming Association of Broadcasters.
Jesse also served as the high school sports reporter for KUSA-TV in Denver from 2007 to 2011. For most of that time, he was the anchor of the “Prep Rally” segments on the station’s weekend morning show and quickly became the face and voice of high school sports in Colorado. With a coverage area of nearly 180 high schools, there was never a shortage of story ideas to pick from.
He also worked behind-the-scenes in many roles for other TV stations – for another station in Eau Claire from 1997 to 1999, followed immediately by WAGT in Augusta, Georgia until the fall of 2000.
Always putting a “journalist first” approach to his work, Jesse spent many years as a sports reporter in the world of newspapers. His first job in the business was in 1995, covering local sports for the Chippewa Herald in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. He also covered sports for the Stevens Point (Wis.) Journal, and then served as assistant sports editor for four newspapers, based out of the Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald.
In 2006, he signed on as sports editor for the Oshkosh (Wis.) Northwestern and was one of the first newspaper editors to successfully merge video to online components by comprising highlights of local sports for the paper’s website.
Throughout the years, Jesse has excelled and enjoyed covering many wonderful assignments – from the Daytona 500 and The Masters golf tournament in 2000 and the 2002 MLB All-Star Game in Milwaukee to NCAA Division III women’s basketball Final Fours and countless high school state championships in Wisconsin and Colorado.
Away from the newsroom, Jesse has remained a proud native of Wisconsin. From his love for a fish fry and craft brews right down to the foam cheesehead he owns as a fan of the Green Bay Packers (yes, he actually wore this once on-air), Jesse Horne is proud to bring it all back to where it started.