Jack Patterson’s journey to the sports desk has been a whirlwind. A native of Columbus, Jack graduated from the Mass Communications Academy at Shaw High School in 2010. During his time at Shaw, he was a Ledger-Enquirer Page One Award nominee for Journalism and helped the “Silver Star” newsmagazine win four Georgia Scholastic Press Association awards during his time on staff.
After graduating from Shaw, Patterson attended Fort Valley State University and Columbus State University, majoring in Mass Communications.
Jack’s television career started in 2010 as a Production Assistant at WTVM, prior to leaving for Fort Valley. Patterson joined the News 3 team in February 2013 as a Production Technician.
In 2015, he was WRBL’s representative in the “Circle of Excellence,” an employee recognition award presented by WRBL’s former parent company Media General. Jack was promoted to Weekend Newscast Director in January 2018, a position he held until being promoted to the sports department as Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter in October 2019. Patterson would be promoted to Sports Director in October of 2022. Jack was also part of the News 3 PrepZone team that won the 2022 GABBY Award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters for Best Sports Program.
Sports have played a major role in Jack’s career and life. He was a four-year starter for Shaw’s tennis team, helping them to two GHSA playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. He also served on the football video crews at Shaw High and Fort Valley State.
In his time at News 3, Jack has played a major role in the sports department, serving as host of wrbl.com’s PrepZone Preview since 2014, and covering numerous high school and collegiate sporting events. As a fan, he’s a die-hard Atlanta sports fan, cheering for the Falcons, Braves, Hawks and Atlanta United, as well as the Nashville Predators hockey team. Jack has also been a life-long wrestling fan, attending events on a annual basis.
Jack has been proud to call the Fountain City home, and looks forward to covering your teams in the Chattahoochee Valley!