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Jann Carl


Best known for her 14 years at “Entertainment Tonight”, Jann Carl has traded in the red carpets of Hollywood for the backroads of America. She’s now criss-crossing America on the nationally syndicated television show, Small Town Big Deal. “This is the show I’ve been looking for my entire career!” says Jann. Created by her co-host Rodney Miller, Small Town Big Deal shines a spotlight on the fascinating events, places and people from all across the United States.

Jann has built a distinguished career in television.  She began as a news reporter at WLS in Chicago.  Her next move was to Los Angeles, where she reported for KABC, and hosted KABC’s “Eye on L.A.” magazine show.  Her work in the market culminated in her selection to co-anchor “News At Ten” at KTLA; during her eight-year tenure she earned three Emmys for news coverage.
When the red carpet beckoned, Carl joined “Entertainment Tonight”, where she was senior correspondent and weekend anchor. Nationally respected for her interviews, she went on the record with America’s biggest stars and most influential newsmakers.  The long list includes Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Cruise, Julia Roberts, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Dan Rather, Barack & Michelle Obama and Donald & Melania Trump. She has also co-hosted ABC’s “Oscar Countdown” Academy Awards show, the Emmy pre-show, as well as the Tournament of Roses Parade on CBS and HGTV. Jann expanded her television career in 2010 when she was a Co-Executive Producer of the series, SOLD!, for The History Channel.
Carl has been a friend of the Muscular Dystrophy Association for nearly 30 years.  After co-hosting the MDA Labor Day Telethon in Los Angeles for eight years, she was chosen by Jerry Lewis as a national co-host in 1996. Jann remained a national co-host for nearly 20 years.  2012 marked her 17th year on the coast-to-coast broadcast.  She has also served on the national board of directors, and as a national vice president.  MDA has recognized her contributions with the Directors’ Award and the Paragon Award.

Jann is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. She says that her favorite and best title is that of “Mom”. She has two children, Katherine and Matthew.

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