After more than 46 years at KING 5 and 42 years behind the anchor desk, Jean Enersen, the first female local TV news anchor in the country stepped down from her role as daily News Anchor in June 2014. Enersen now devotes full attention to KING 5 HealthLink, the most popular health franchise in the Northwest, and the community service she has been committed to for decades.
A native of the Northwest, Enersen graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Broadcasting and Film.
Enersen has worked on several award winning KING 5 specials, including “Mission of Mercy,” “Korea: The Dragon Decides,” “Living with AIDS,” and “Washington 2000,” which won a national Dupont-Columbia Award for Journalism. She also hosted “Sexual Survival,” a KING 5 special about sexually transmitted diseases which became the station’s highest-rated documentary. In 1988, Enersen was invited to appear live on Soviet television to offer commentary on Soviet society - the first American journalist ever to do so. In 1987, she hosted “Face to Face: US/USSR,” a documentary stemming from a joint effort between KING 5 and Soviet television.
Her many awards throughout her career includeAdditional awards earned by Enersen throughout her career include: Best News Anchor Regional Emmy Award, The Matrix Table for Women of Achievement, and The Northwest AIDS Foundation Community Leadership Award.
Enersen’s community service includes serving as spokesperson for the American Heart Association, as a member of the board of the Seattle Foundation, past president of the YWCA of Seattle-King County/Snohomish County, co-chair of the annual Northwest AIDS Walk, and honorary chair of the King County Boys & Girls Kids Auction. She volunteers her time at the University of Washington, United Way and Eastside Domestic Violence Program. Enersen is married to Dr. Bruce Carter and together they have four children.