Jann Carl Biography

Jann Carl
Jann Carl

In the 2003-04 season, Jann Carl begins her ninth season on “Entertainment Tonight”, the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world, where she is Weekend Anchor and Primary Substitute Anchor.

In 2002, Ms. Carl signed a new multi-year deal with the show, becoming its primary substitute anchor, while continuing her duties as weekend anchor and correspondent. She initially joined “Entertainment Tonight” as a correspondent on December 4, 1995. Three years later, she was promoted to weekend anchor and weekday substitute anchor. With that promotion in 1999, she began presenting a weekly signature segment, "The ET Interview with Jann Carl," featuring interviews with Hollywood's top celebrities and newsmakers.

Ms. Carl began her career at 23 as one of the youngest journalists to launch a broadcast news career in Chicago. Her reporting and morning anchor job at ABC affiliate WLS-TV led to an offer in Los Angeles as a news reporter, where she was later hired to co-host KABC’s magazine show “Eye on L.A.” Three years later, Ms. Carl was named anchor of KTLA’s “News at Ten,” the #1 primetime news broadcast in Los Angeles, and won three Los Angeles Emmy Awards during her eight-year tenure.

Ms. Carl’s notoriety led to appearances in such films as 1998’s “Bulworth” with Warren Beatty and Halle Berry, and 2001’s “Josie and the Pussycats” -- both as herself. For five years, she also conducted the backstage interviews on the national broadcasts of “The Blockbuster Awards.”

In 1996, Jerry Lewis tapped Ms. Carl to co-host the national Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Labor Day Telethon. She has been involved with the organization for the past 14 years, and currently serves as a national board member. In previous years, she has been a national vice president, and was honored with the 1998 Paragon Award for her exceptional service. For the past two years, Ms. Carl has also been a cohost of the Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament, which benefits the Motion Picture and Television Fund, and is broadcast on ABC.

A native of Carthage, Missouri, Ms. Carl is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree. She and her husband David, a television executive, live in Los Angeles with their two children.

Currently entering its 23r
d season, “Entertainment Tonight” is the #1 syndicated entertainment newsmagazine in the world. Produced and distributed by Paramount Domestic Television, “Entertainment Tonight” is taped in Hollywood, California. Bureaus are located in New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., London and Tokyo. Linda Bell Blue is executive producer. Mary Hart is anchor; Bob Goen is anchor. Jann Carl is primary substitute anchor and weekend anchor. Mark Steines is substitute anchor and weekend anchor. Leonard Maltin is film historian/correspondent. Roshumba Williams and Maria Menounos are correspondents. Paramount Worldwide Television Distribution is part of the Viacom Entertainment Group, a unit of Viacom, Inc.

— Adapted from the Muscular Dystrophy Association 2003 Digital Media Kit