Ian Preston

Sports Director

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Ian brings 17 years of professional journalism experience to WCJB, first as a newspaper reporter while still in high school and most recently as a weekend sports anchor in Albany NY.

The term 'dream job' is thrown around often these days but for Ian Preston, becoming the Sports Director for TV20 is truly his dream job.

Ian has been a Gators fan as long as he can remember, despite growing up in northwest suburbs of Chicago (Go Cubs Go). He fell in love with UF football during the 2001 season when fellow midwesterner and quarterback Rex Grossman, took the SEC by storm in coach Steve Spurrier's final season at Florida. He vividly remembers the heartache of that Tennessee game when the Gators failed on that two-point try. Since then Ian has followed all UF athletics almost religiously albeit from a far.

Ian brings 17 years of professional journalism experience to WCJB, first as a newspaper reporter while still in high school and most recently as a weekend sports anchor in Albany NY.

Ian attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. where he became a sports anchor for the on-campus PBS station WSIU as well as a part-time producer/reporter for the local ABC affiliate, WSIL. Ian would go on to help WSIU's River Region Evening edition claim a Collegiate Emmy Award for best student news broadcast.

Following graduation Ian spent four years in Kentucky, including two in Lexington where he would get his first taste of SEC athletics. Ian covered the University of Kentucky's national championship in men's basketball in 2012, as well as the hiring of former FSU assistant coach Mark Stoops as the head coach of the UK football team. He was even on the sidelines for the Florida-UK game in 2013 when former Gators Tyler Murphy and Matt Jones continued the UF dominance over UK football!

Longing to be back by the water, Ian then took a position in Norfolk, Va. working for WTKR as a news reporter and living right on the ocean (he actually had an apartment right on the beach) but that was when Ian came to a crossroads in his career...

Ian was offered an opportunity to become a news reporter in Baltimore, but also a full-time sports anchor in Albany, NY. Following his passion for sports, Ian turned down the 'big market' news job in Baltimore and headed to New York's capital region where he spent two years covering local high school and college athletics.

Ian now comes to North Central Florida where he hopes to never see snow again, and cover his long-lost love Gators as well as the tremendous high school athletics that the Sunshine State is so well known for.