Jeff Maher is a multiple award-winning multi-media journalist who joined News10 in August 2011. Jeff's stories have taken him all over the state of California, from Los Angeles all the way up to Lake Tahoe. He has covered many major events including the Oakland 'occupy movement' riots, the Aurora theater shooting, The Rim Fire in Yosemite, King Fire in El Dorado County, the 2015 NBA Finals, and the Napa earthquake. In addition to reporting, Jeff spent over two years co-anchoring News10 at 9 a.m. and was known for his daily 'Maher's Moments' segment and weekly 'What's Buzzing' segment which featured celebrity guests going over trending topics of the week. Jeff also served as the regular 'social moderator' of the newscasts, showcasing viral videos and popular discussion pieces of the day.
Some of his most memorable morning segments include dressing up as a Sacramento Kings dancer and leading the team on a routine on the floor of Sleep Train Arena, working as a kennel worker for a day at the city shelter for his 'do my job' series, making crepes, grape-stomping at wineries, getting attacked by police dogs, and making multiple failed attempts to beat the Harlem Globetrotters.
Over the course of his career, Jeff's stories have been seen on NBC Nightly, MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, The Today Show, Inside Edition, and Animal Planet. He was also featured as an anchor in the hit show 'Breaking Bad' on AMC.
Prior to joining News10, Jeff spent 5 years at KOB (NBC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he spent his time reporting and anchoring. During his tenure at KOB, Jeff broke countless stories within city hall, state government, economy, and Albuquerque Public Schools. Several of those stories garnered national attention including city bus drivers who were caught on tape behaving badly, a city worker who was caught on tape abusing a puppy in her backyard, a group of unfinished high-end homes that fell into disrepair for years, and an investigative report that led to the school district changing its policy on fire code inspections at its schools.
Jeff also covered record-breaking floods, snowstorms, and wildfires across the entire state of New Mexico. Jeff was awarded by the New Mexico Broadcasters Association for his story about a railroad in Chama that was buried in snow. He also shot a 5-part series on board the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, riding with the crew for a week from Honolulu to San Diego, as they made their way back from a 3-month deployment in the Western Pacific. Jeff then traveled to Virginia to interview the crew to first board the U.S.S. New Mexico, a brand-new nuclear submarine.
Jeff is always thinking outside of the box with how he shoots his stories. He is the first reporter in the country to have shot an entire news story on the Flip camera, which can fit into your pocket. He is also the first reporter in the Sacramento market to have utilized a helicopter drone to cover a breaking news event.
Before KOB, Jeff spent 2 years at KWES (NBC) in Midland, Texas where he was a weekend anchor and reporter. There, he received top awards by the Associated Press for his extensive coverage of Hurricane Rita in Galveston in 2006, and a feature series called 'The Miracle Men', which told the stories of three men who all had near-death experiences.
Some of Jeff's notable interviews include former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, California Governor Jerry Brown, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and Hollywood legend Harrison Ford.
The first news story Jeff every shot was when he covered the Columbine shootings in Littleton, Colorado in 1999.
Jeff is a graduate of Metro State University in Denver, where he was honored for best online column by the Society of Professional Journalists.
He received his diploma from Ponderosa High School where he was honored as 'most creative student' by the staff.
Jeff is a third-generation television broadcaster. His father is a 4-time Emmy award winning Executive Producer at KUSA (NBC) in Denver, and his grandfather was a Hollywood screenwriter. For a time, Jeff's mother was a weather anchor.
Jeff's brother is a naval aviator, flying the EA-18 Growler, an advanced version of the F-18. His sister is a retired competitive dancer.
Jeff is thrilled to be a Californian and can't wait to explore all of the wonders that our state has to offer.