Jesse Jones moves to KIRO

It’s been the worst kept secret in TV news lately, but now it can be said: Former KING consumer reporter Jesse Jones is on KIRO.

Jones, a Tacoma native, begins his run on KIRO-7 Eyewitness News on Monday with a look at air duct cleaners — those folks that sometimes run ads showing larger-than-life-size bugs crawling through heating and cooling systems.

Jones built a fan base with his bulldog-like approach to righting wrongs and his signature “JESSE Jones” sign-off.

On KING, Jones would track down miscreant business owners, produce customer refunds and test products. He’s expected to do the same at KIRO.

Here’s Jones’ bio from the announcement:

Jones studied film and television production at Montana State University and upon graduation began his TV career at KSTW in Tacoma, as a teleprompter operator. He was quickly promoted to sports reporter, then news reporter, and eventually special projects reporter and producer. Jones then traded the West Coast for the East Coast landing at WMAR in Maryland where he spent seven years as an investigative reporter. In 2001, he was an investigative reporter for WLWT until 2005, when he had the opportunity to return to the Pacific Northwest to work for KING-5.

Jones has been married for 25 years to his wife Kim, and has a daughter, Cydney. His mother, brother and sister also live in Western Washington.