Valencia Jones joined WSET as a reporter in December 2016, coming from WDHN in Dothan, Alabama.
She has covered her share of crimes and unsolved cases, uncovering a drug-smuggling problem at a prison work release center, and weeks later, the death of an inmate. Valencia also loves the softer side of news: her feature stories have spotlighted celebrities, military heroes and others who have inspired or made an impact in their communities. She was there when President Barack Obama delivered his speech in Selma at the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday.
Born in Houston, Texas, Valencia grew up in Spring, Texas. She has a master’s degree in Broadcast and Digital Journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Houston.
As part of a graduate Capstone project, she reported from Washington, D.C. for KMID-TV Big 2 News in Midland, Texas. She also interned at WETM-TV in Elmira, New York and ABC 13 in Houston, Texas.
After years of valuable work experience in the mortgage servicing industry, she is excited to pursue her passion for meeting people from all walks of life, sharing their stories, keeping communities informed and being a strong voice for the voiceless.
In her spare time, she loves volunteering, traveling, spending time with family and friends, reading, listening to great music or you might catch her browsing at a local mall. She also has a passion for color guard and drum corp performances. Of course, she enjoys sampling a variety of exceptional and exotic foods.