Personal Story: Interview with KUSI News Anchor Tom Jordan

W.O.W: Tom, can you please share with us a brief history of your experiences as a news anchor as well as describe your current role working for KUSI news?

 

TJ: I’ve worked as a news anchor and reporter for 14 years, currently at KUSI News in San Diego. I take my job seriously and truly enjoy the craft of journalism. I’ve covered a lot of different stories; multiple presidential campaigns; the October 2007 Southern California Wildfires; breaking coverage for NBC News on the death of former president Gerald Ford; the 2002 Winter Olympics; the downturn in the U.S. economy and I’ve been fortunate enough to win three Emmys. However, although I appreciated the subject matter of each of the latter, I especially appreciate the opportunity to cover stories that affect everyday lives – like fighting the growing abuse among teens of opiates and other drugs. I look forward to an intriguing year ahead of solid stories.

 

W.O.W: How did you first hear about Walking On Water?

TJ: I first met Bryan Jennings and learned of Walking On Water when I was reporting on a benefit for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation called “The Cause.” Walking On Water was a sponsor and was providing outreach for those in attendance. I interviewed Bryan Jennings about The Cause and about Walking On Water and was intrigued about how this former professional surfer was now dedicating his life to proclaiming the gospel and investing in good causes.

W.O.W: Why do you believe in what the ministry is doing?

TJ: I grew up surfing and was a part of a youth culture that didn’t always have good role models out in the water. The result of my past experiences cultivated in me a wariness of getting my own kids involved in the sport. However, Walking On Water has changed my perspective in many ways. W.O.W. is an organization led by and filled with great surfers who are amazing role models. The ministry is showing the youth of today that surfing doesn’t mean you have to follow the crowd. Guys like Bryan Jennings are leading kids to the creator of the waves, showing them that surfing can be meaningful and still fun.

W.O.W: As a news anchor it is no doubt that you have viewed and given feedback on multiple films and documentaries. Can you share some of your thoughts regarding our most recent documentary film Promised Land?

The films produced by W.O.W are a vital component of its mission. They are quality movies with outstanding cinematography, editing and story-telling techniques. I knew that Promised Land would be a great film based on the previous W.O.W documentaries I had seen, however, it had a much larger impact on me than I expected. Director, Todd Morehead was able to portray Israel in a light I had never seen. As I looked at “Israel through the eyes of surfers,” watching the sports’ ability to open up dialogue between the different faiths of Christians, Jews, Muslims and even atheists I couldn’t help but wonder, “Are surfers doing more for the cause of peace than decades of political wrangling and cross-border missiles? Could surfing provide a significant degree of peace in Israel? Could it open the pathway for truth?” Bottom line: What I took away from the film is that I can’t argue my way to get people to believe in Jesus but I can love them with His love-that’s the greatest example of his existence.

 

We are going to put together a local news story about the Promised Land film for KUSI and do our best to make it a nation wide story through CNN OR FOX news.