WVII ABC 7/WFVX Fox 22 sports director Aaron Jackson is leaving the Bangor station to pursue a teaching career at the United Technologies Center in Bangor and will be replaced by 22-year-old East Brunswick, New Jersey, native Jon Alba.
Old Town native Jackson spent seven years at ABC 7/Fox. He had been a sports reporter/weekend sports anchor before replacing Brian Sullivan as the sports director.
He will teach two video classes per day at UTC.
“I loved what I did. It was my dream to work in TV. It was a blast. But it was time for me to look for a new challenge,” said Jackson. “I’m excited about this.”
Jackson had been a substitute teacher at UTC and began his full-time stint three weeks ago.
“It was a very tough decision. But when I was in high school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do and a teacher [Sean Wasson] encouraged me to take his video class. That’s how it all started. That kept me engaged because it was a very hands-on class. It kept you active,” said Jackson, who hopes to have the same positive influence on his students.
The 29-year-old Jackson also said it will be nice to have normal working hours. His sports director-anchor gig kept him working until midnight.
“And I’ll get to spend more time with my family and girlfriend, [Jamie Madden],” added Jackson.
He also hopes to keep his hands in sports broadcasting because he loves it and it will help him relate to new developments in the industry with his students.
Alba graduated from Quinnipiac University (Connecticut) in May with a degree in broadcast journalism.
While at Quinnipiac, he was the general manager of the college’s television station (Q30) and it was awarded the 2014 Pinnacle Award for best college television station in the country.
He is currently working for the Major League Baseball Network.
“I’m very excited to be heading up there,” said Alba. “It’s a great market, and there is a whole mesh of people who are interested in not only high school sports but college and pro sports as well. It’s a good landing spot.”
He has some innovative ideas according to ABC 7/Fox news director Craig Colson, and Alba said he is looking forward to implementing them.
Colson said Jackson will be missed.
“Aaron is a great guy. I hate to see him leave, but this was an opportunity he couldn’t pass up,” said Colson. “I not only enjoyed his reporting, but I really liked working with him. The people at the technical school are lucky to have him.”
Jackson will finish up at ABC 7/Fox next week.
Jackson is the second sports reporter to leave ABC 7/Fox in a month as Brittany Devane left to take a sports reporting job in Albany, New York, and was replaced by Matt Randall.