It’s dark outside. Most people remain asleep. The birds haven’t started chirping. But Jasmine Styles woke up just after 1 a.m., preparing herself to give viewers the information they need to get out the door. Once the live truck pulls up to the location, she’s painting a picture of the scene, describing the suspect officers need help finding, or helping viewers find an alternate option when their favorite store shuts down.
This is a much different Jasmine than the one her mother remembers. 5-year-old Jasmine had a lisp and a hard time making friends. She would run back to her mother Tonja, close to tears after other kids wouldn’t play with her. She calmed her down and coached her on how to make a new friend, “Just say, ‘Hi, I’m Jasmine. Would you like to play?”
After Jasmine learned that trick she just wouldn’t shut up. Between learning to make friends and intensive speech classes in 3rd grade to lose her lisp, Jasmine was the mouth of the south. Grade school classmates tapped Jasmine to always be the group project leader and talk in front of the class. At the end of the 2003 school year, her TV Production colleagues gave her two superlatives: Most Likely to Host Entertainment Tonight and Most Likely To Be A Talk Show Host.
Fast forward many years and lessons later, in 2012, Jasmine graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Media/Communications from Florida State University and a minor in journalism from Florida A&M University as part of their co-op program.
Immediately after graduation, Jasmine was accepted to the Gannett (now TEGNA) Talent Development Program and began her career as a multimedia journalist in Columbia, South Carolina at WLTX.
About a year after she started, Jasmine was promoted to reporter for News19 Saturday Morning where she pioneered the role for the new show.She reported live from the best eateries around the Midlands and kept viewers away from the ones with bad grades every Thursday on Restaurant Report Card.
After three years in Columbia, Jasmine packed her bags for the Lone Star State. She landed a job at FOX 4 in Beaumont,Texas anchoring the 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. shows on. In her first year, Jasmine created a bi-weekly segment called Fit Fridays, where she helped viewers find ways to improve their bodies through exercise and food. In 2017, Jasmine decided to host a weekly segment called Motivational Monday, where she chats with a local motivational speaker to give viewers a feel good way to kick off their work week.
She also organized three live debates in contentious Sheriff races, one of which Jasmine earned a Southeast Texas Press Club Award. She also took her passion for students and started her own reporting franchise called Education Matters. As a main anchor, Jasmine continued to hone her field reporting skills. She covered the July 2016 police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge where she provided content for Sinclair Broadcast Group stations across the country.
Just before leaving, Hurricane Harvey put Southeast Texas under water. She spent three days going wall-to-wall with pertinent information families needed to stay safe. Jasmine didn’t expect it, but a Canadian news outlet picked up what became a viral moment when Jasmine spoke to an elderly woman on the phone trying to get her to evacuate, when the woman wasn’t sure if she should. Jasmine eventually did a follow-up story with the woman named Dot after viewers kept asking what happened to her. After the storm passed, Jasmine worked with her producer to make sure the shows had the latest information for viewers to repair their homes, find temporary housing, and stock up on food and water.
On her off time Jasmine enjoys finding the best food the Bay Area has to offer, wiggling her toes in the sand at the nation’s best beaches, attending Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists events, and finding new, healthy recipes to cook at home.In December of 2017, Jasmine received a job offer at ABC Action News in Tampa, Fla. It was a welcome move since her hometown is about an hour and a half up I-4. Jasmine reports for Good Morning Tampa Bay, going live every half hour in the four and a half hour newscast. She’s also responsible for enterprising stories. On the weekends, she co-anchors the show.