Jeff Gianola joins Silver Circle at Emmys

KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola was awarded the Silver Circle at the Northwest Emmys, June 15, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola was awarded the Silver Circle at the Northwest Emmys, June 15, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Jeff Gianola, who anchors the weeknight newscasts for KOIN 6 News, was inducted into the Silver Circle at the 2013 Northwest Emmy Awards Saturday night.

After 30 years in Portland, including 15 at KOIN 6 News, Gianola was chosen for the Silver Circle because of his “significant contribution to the Northwest Chapter.”

KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola
KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola

He began his career as an intern at KGTV in San Diego in 1978. He moved to Santa Barbara in a variety of newsroom roles, then moved to Portland in 1983 for weather and anchoring duties at KATU.

Within a few years he was their main anchor and the host of “Town Hall,” a weekly public affairs show.

He joined KOIN 6 News in 1998 and remains the lead anchor.

Gianola produced the award-winning documentary on the life of Portland architect Pietro Belluschi that continues to run on Oregon Public Broadcasting.

KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola during an interview with TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane in May 2013.
KOIN 6 News anchor Jeff Gianola during an interview with TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane in May 2013.

He continues to do investigative reports, including a two-part series on TriMet costs. That report led Oregon lawmakers to conduct an emergency audit of the mass transit agency.

More than a quarter-century ago, he began “Wednesday’s Child,” a segment highlighting kids available for adoption in the Oregon foster care system. Ten years ago, he and his wife Shannon began the Wednesday’s Child Foundation.

He’s also appeared in two movies: “Birddog” in 1999 and “The Hunted” in 2003.

Over the years, he’s won numerous Emmys for his work, but he remains a down-to-Earth guy.

“The best compliment viewers can give me is when they say,’You’re just like the guy on TV,’” he said. “I learned a long time ago to be yourself. Everyone else is taken.”

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