Jeff Maher anchors 'Wake up on the CW', joined by Krystal Allan and Kelly Curran. Jeff was hired in August 2015, and comes to Las Vegas from Sacramento, California. Jeff is originally from Denver, Colorado.
Jeff is a multiple award-winning journalist who has been honored by the Associated Press, New Mexico Broadcasters Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. His stories and segments have been seen on NBC Nightly, MSNBC, CNN, The Today Show, Animal Planet, and Inside Edition. Jeff even has some acting under his belt, featured as an anchor in the hit-show 'Breaking Bad' on AMC.
During his four years in Sacramento at the ABC affiliate, Jeff served as both anchor and reporter, and covered stories all across the state, including the Napa earthquake, Oakland occupy movement riots, 2015 NBA Finals, record-breaking wildfires, and extensive coverage on California's ongoing drought. Jeff also served as social moderator and co-anchor of the 9 a.m. show, and was known for his regular 'What's buzzing' and 'Maher's Moments' segments, which highlighted viral videos, top talkers, and a lot of hands on experimentation with new gadgets. Jeff was the first in the Sacramento market to use a helicopter drone during a breaking news story. He also traveled to Los Angeles and San Francisco to highlight some of the lesser known attractions and hidden gems. And he made multiple, failed attempts to beat the Harlem Globetrotters. One of Jeff's most memorable moments in Sacramento was leading the Sacramento Kings dance team on the floor of Sleep Train Arena in a segment that included Jeff putting on his best dance moves, and showing off the 'upside-down twerk'.
Prior to Sacramento, Jeff spent seven years anchoring and reporting in Albuquerque and Midland, Texas at the NBC affiliates.
In Albuquerque, Jeff was known for in-depth investigations, and breaking big stories, many of which garnered national attention, including a city worker caught on camera abusing a puppy, and a half-finished neighborhood that fell apart during the recession. Jeff spent much of his time covering city and state government in New Mexico, and spent a week on board the U.S.S Ronald Reagan as it made its way from Honolulu to San Diego on the tail-end of a deployment to the Western Pacific. In Albuquerque he also became the first reporter in the country to shoot an entire story using only the Flip camera, which could fit into your pocket.
In Midland, Texas, Jeff was weekend anchor, and spent the rest of the week covering top stories across West Texas. In 2005 he spent a week covering Hurricane Rita, for which he won a top award from the Associated Press. He was also honored for his work telling the emotional stories of three Midland men who all had near-death experiences.
Jeff is a graduate of Metro State University in Denver, Colorado, and Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado, where he was named 'most creative student.' The first news story he covered was the Columbine shooting in 1999, when he was an intern at KUSA in Denver.
He found his passion at a very young age with comedy, and in his teens, began performing at comedy clubs around Denver, and produced hundreds of short films.
Television runs in Jeff's family. His father spent 40 years as a producer and manager in television broadcasting, and launched Denver's first morning show in 1980 at KUSA. Jeff's grandfather was a Hollywood screenwriter for the 'George Burns and Gracie Allen' show. For a time, Jeff's mother was a weather anchor in New Mexico.
Jeff has an older brother who is a decorated veteran Navy pilot, who has served multiple tours across the world, and flies the EA-18G. Jeff's younger sister is a retired competitive dancer.
Some of Jeff's notable interviews include former Texas Governor Rick Perry, former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and Star Wars actor Harrison Ford.
Jeff is thrilled to be living in Las Vegas, and calls his role on 'Wake up with the CW' a dream come true.