Jim Gardner is the stage name of James Goldman an American news anchor for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is proud of his long and consistent news anchoring between 6 and 11 day in and day out for almost twenty-eight years.
He was born on May 17, 1948 in New York City and has lived most of his adult life in Delaware Valley. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Columbia University in 1970. This is where he first had the opportunity to taste broadcast journalism. He reported about the historic student riots at Columbia in 1968 for the university's radio station, WKCR-FM before this he wanted to become a political science professor.
After his graduation he started working for news station WINS radio in New York and in 1972 he worked for WFAS radio in White Plains, New York. He was promoted to news director. In 1974 WKBW-TV in Buffalo New York offered him a position as a news reporter. Here he became a weekend anchor and substitute for weekday anchor within a period of six months.
Gardner became a reporter and a noon anchor for WPVI-TV in Philadelphia on June 1, 1976. In November the same year he became the anchor of the 5.30 p.m broadcast and in 1977 he replaced Larry Kane for the 6pm and 11pm time slots. He has held this position ever since. He is the highly paid in the Philadelphia broadcast market.
Some of the important events that he has covered include following John Cardinal Krol to Vatican City after the death of Pope Paul VI, the return of American hostages taken during the Lebanese Civil war to Rhein-Main Air Base in West Germany and the reporting of fall of Soviet Union from Russia. Others include reporting in Israel and the West bank after 2000 camp David Summit.
Gardner is active in the Philadelphia metropolitan area supports several charities. He has sponsored the Jim Gardner Scholarship for journalism and broadcasting students at the Temple University since 1987 and warding the Jim Gardner Scholarship in Columbia. He says the obligation is fairness and delivering the news with the right amount of historical context.
He was selected as 'person of the year' by Broadcast pioneers of Philadelphia in 1996 which saw him enter their hall of fame. He has covered every democratic and republican political convention since 1980 and has interviewed every president and major presidential candidates since 1976. He lives with his wife Amy and four children in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.