Daralene Jones Biography
Daralene Jones is an American Emmy award-winning News Anchor/Reporter working for WFTV (ABC Affiliate) in Orlando, Florida. She rejoined the station in May 2014. She is excited to be back at WFTV.
Daralene Jones Age, Date of Birth
Jones was born on October 11, 1983, in Chicago, Illinois, United States. As a result, she is 38 years old as of 2021. She celebrates her birthday on the 11th of October every year.
Daralene Jones Height
Jones stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).
Daralene Jones Family
Jones was born to her loving parents, Russel Hawkins (father) and Shirley Jean Head (mother). Her mom passed on when she was young and since then, her dad stopped coming around, therefore she has never seen her dad since her mom died. Jones stayed with her aunt in Chicago, Illinois for a few years, and when she reached grade 8, she was chased by her aunt. She then went to live with her sister, Dorothy, in Macomb, Michigan, who was a student at Western Illinois University at the time. Other than having Dorothy as her sister, she also has 4 other siblings whose identities are unknown. Jones is the youngest of all the siblings.
Daralene Jones Husband, Baby
Jones is married to her lovely spouse, Antoine Jamaal Bell, a mechanical engineer for Lockheed Martin. They tied the knot in June 2013. The couple takes great pride in being mom and dad to their 2 sons, Aiden and Eleon. The family happily lives in Orlando, Florida.
Daralene Jones’s Net Worth
Jones has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million-$5 Million which she has earned through her successful career as a News Anchor/Reporter.
Daralene Jones Salary
Jones earns an annual salary ranging from $ 45,000 – $ 110,500.
Daralene Jones Education
Mentioning her education, Jones is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois Springfield where she earned a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Public Affairs. She is also an alumnus of Illinois State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs.
Daralene Jones Career
Jones serves at WFTV as a News Anchor and Investigative News Reporter. She anchors Eyewitness News every Sunday at 6 pm and 11 pm on WFTV, and at 10 pm on TV 27, WRDQ. This is her second stint at WFTV. Her first stint was from 2007 to 2013, and she worked as a news reporter.
In the first stint, she gained a reputation as an enterprising reporter who was responsible for delivering exclusive stories and breaking news. She was also the lead reporter on Trayvon Martin’s death and the Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion’s hazing death.
After her first stint, she went to work for NBC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as a news reporter where she reported on some of the region’s biggest stories such as the abduction of a 5-year-old. For that coverage, she was nominated for an Emmy Award.
She also provided extensive reports on Governor Chris Christie’s GW Bridge scandal and the School District of Philadelphia budget crisis. During the murder trial of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, Jones served as the lead reporter throughout the coverage. Jones also has traveled for national stories such as the Boston Marathon bombings, Oklahoma City tornadoes, and the Washington DC Navy Yard shooting.
A few days after the 2012 presidential election, Jones conducted an interview with Rick Scott (Florida Gov.). She pressed Rick Scott on his controversial refusal in extending early voting in the state and the impact that may have had on delayed election results. Jones’s coverage was featured on MSNBC.
Jones has worked for WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennesse as a news reporter for 2 years. She has also served at WCIA-TV in Decatur, Illinois as a Bureau Chief for 2 years. Additionally, Jones has served as a Statehouse Reporter at WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois for 10 months.
Daralene Jones WFTV
Jones is currently working at WFTV where she works alongside other famous WFTV meteorologists, anchors, and reporters including;
- Phylicia Ashley
- Shannon Butler
- Kassandra Crimi
- Kirstin Delgado
- Melonie Holt
- Rusty McCranie
- Chantelle Navarro
- Karla Ray
- Jared Oliver
- Martha Sugalski
- Brian Shields
- Tom Terry
- George Waldenberger
- Greg Warmoth
Daralene Jones Social Media Platforms
She is active on her social media accounts and is often seen posting on her Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. She has over 6700 followers on Twitter.