WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Jonathan Gordon, a White Plains native, has become the go-to for local news in Binghamton.
Gordon is the weekend news anchor and weekday news reporter for WICZ-TV, a Fox affiliate in Binghamton. Gordon has been at the station for eight months, getting a job there after graduating from Syracuse University.
"Growing up, I always knew I wanted to do something with my voice," Gordon said. "When I was in fifth grade, I developed a really deep voice. I was so embarrassed but then I got used to it. I always used to watch the Mets and do my own play-by-play."
At Syracuse, where Gordon attended the Newhouse School of Public Communications, Gordon said he had numerous internships and was able to build connections.
"I had the opportunity to work with the best professors and top of the line equipment," Gordon said. "It helped lead to my job. Being involved in television news gave me a better opportunity to tell people's stories.
Going live on TV can be nerve-wracking, but Gordon said he gets in the zone and blocks out the noise.
"When I'm anchoring, time flies," Gordon said. "It's almost like I'm in my own world for 30 minutes."
Gordon has done stories like a three-part piece on gang violence in Binghamton after the city had two homicides in six days. He interviewed an ex-member of the Crips and participated in a police ride-along. He also did stories about a Binghamton student from Pearl River who died after falling from a building and a kid who got a brand new room thanks to Make-A-Wish.
"When you see people mourning the loss of a friend, or talk to an ex-gang member or the joy of a kid getting a new room, you have to separate yourself from the story," Gordon said. "People really want to know what's going on in."
Gordon said going to school in Syracuse allowed him to adjust to Binghamton's weather and he enjoys going to Binghamton's downtown, where he gets recognized from time to time.
"It's surreal to me," Gordon said. "They will see me on the street and say I can't wait to see you on at 10 p.m. or tell me how much I liked the story."
Gordon's mom, who lives back in White Plains and went to SUNY Binghamton, is regularly sent links to her son's stories.
"She loves watching me," Gordon said.
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