Getting to know ABC ACTION NEWS Journalist Jacqueline Ingles with this week's "10 questions"

TAMPA, FLA - Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?

Each week, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader, politician or even national celebrity.

This week we are thrilled to feature one of our own our very own Jacqueline Ingles, who this year  was nominated by the Society of Professional Journalist as Journalist of the year!

The nomination does not surprise me at all. Jacqueline is one of the hardest working journalist I know who is always striving to bring you the best reports out there.

She joined the ACTION NEWS team in June of 2012. She came to us from Austin, Texas. While there Jacqueline covered the devastating drought and wildfires. Jacqueline's work appeared numerous times on CNN during her time in Austin.

She has won numerous awards, including a National Headliner Award and First Place Spot News Coverage by the Society of Professional Journalists for her breaking news coverage of a pileup on I-75. She also earned an Emmy nomination for that same report.

The Associated Press also awarded her first place for general assignment reporting. In that report, Jacqueline obtained exclusive video showing a teacher's aide sleeping on her desk while special needs students were left unattended.
Jacqueline is also an excellent print writer. She serves on the SPJ committee Generation J. Her columns have appeared in SPJ's publication The Quill.

Her print journalism work has also been published in the Northwest Indiana Times, Chicago Syndicate, Beep!, and the New Mexico Free Press.

And this is also quite impressive. Many of your probably have noticed many of us shooting our own video. Well. Jacqueline is considered a pioneer in this new wave of journalism!  In 2009, the Poynter Institute recognized her as one of the trailblazers and even profiled her in a book! You will soon read in one of Jacqueline's answers how much this means to her.

She also worked in Valdosta, Georgia and at MTV News as a political correspondent during President Barack Obama's campaign.

Many of you may not know this,  Jacqueline and I have a lot in common. She is a native of Chicago and I spent several years there. We both went to the same schools! Although she has a graduate degree, I stopped with my undergrad.

To learn more about her you can head to her bio:

And, here is something else I learned we also share the same favorite color, she sent all her answers in pink. She wanted the answers printed in pink, but it couldn't be done. So, I thought the next best thing is to let all of you at least know her request. It's the little things in life right that make us smile!

I hope you enjoy Jacqueline's answers....She is a very talented journalist that I enjoy working with.

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1. What is your all time favorite movie or song?

Movie:  Home Alone (It is a Chicago thing!) My father and I text each other one liners from the movie daily!  Our dream is to buy the house and live in it.  Did I mention as a child I saw it in the movie theater 16 times?
Favorite song:  Van Morrison's Into the Mystic  

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?


3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

My mom and dad because they are creative, hardworking and dedicated their lives to their children.

My older sister Jayne and older brother Bob!  Both are extremely smart and do not let anything stand in the way of success.

Phil Ponce, an anchor in Chicago, who was hands down was most amazing journalism professor I ever had and someone I still turn to for advice.

4. What was your very first job?

I worked at a flower shop and helped design arrangements, worked the register, took orders and watered the greenery.  

5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I am very hard on myself and super self critical.  If something does not go my way, even if I did everything I could to succeed, I will analyze and analyze.  My close friends just know to say, "Jackie STOP!"
6. What do you consider your greatest success?

In 2009, the Poynter Institute recognized me as a pioneer multi-media journalist and profiled my work in a college textbook.  It is amazing to know that a young journalist could be reading the book in class and find inspiration from my career.

7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

I am still pen pals with my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Botz.   I still believe in putting pen to paper and writing, not emailing.  And yes, I still address her as Mrs. Botz!

8. If you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Diane Sawyer, Jacqueline Kennedy, the Pope

9. What is in your fridge right now?

Hummus, homemade vegetable soup, kale, greek yogurt and grapefruit.

10. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it be?

I grew up the daughter of a criminal defense attorney

and nurse.  Therefore, I am naturally interested in crime scene investigation.  I have watched every episode of Forensic Files and love the medical aspect.  However, I also love the legal side of what it all means if a trial ensues!

10 questions is an on line feature I started doing more than three years ago. Many of the people I profile are based on your suggestions.

If there is someone you would like to see featured, please e-mail me at or "like" me on Facebook. To do that just head to   and find me under the favorites tab and click the "like" button.

If you also have a suggestion for a question please let me know. I always look forward to hearing from you!

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