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Jade Hanson

Jade Hanson joined the WSLS team in June, 2013. She grew up in Mid-Michigan and spent her college years at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Jade graduated with a degree in Communications.

During her time in college, Jade had a variety of television jobs.
 
She started by reporting at her school television station. As an avid sports fan,  Jade then ventured into the world of sports broadcasting where she sideline reported for the Big Ten Network: Student U Programming.  Jade also spent time at several television stations around the country. Her first big move was to Los Angeles to work for HLN. The following summer, Jade worked for ESPN in Bristol, CT. She also spent a semester working in the Special Projects Unit at WXYZ in Detroit.

Jade loves hearing from viewers. If you have any story ideas or questions, you can email Jade at jhanson@wsls.com.

  • Same-sex marriage case to be heard in Virginia today

    Same-sex marriage case to be heard in Virginia today

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:22 GMT
    In February, a District Court judge ruled in the case that banning same-sex marriage in Virginia is unconstitutional.
    In February, a District Court judge ruled in the case that banning same-sex marriage in Virginia is unconstitutional.
  • 911 texting to launch soon in Roanoke City

    911 texting to launch soon in Roanoke City

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:29 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:29:08 GMT
    Over the next week, the city will be testing it's new texting system with large cell service providers.
    Over the next week, the city will be testing it's new texting system with large cell service providers.
  • VDOT to host public hearing in Roanoke tonight

    VDOT to host public hearing in Roanoke tonight

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:53 GMT
    The hearing will allow people in Southwest Virginia to tell members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board what issues are most important in our area before a new budget is set.
    The hearing will allow people in Southwest Virginia to tell members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board what issues are most important in our area before a new budget is set.
  • Vinton Town Council to hear public comment on water and sewer rate increase

    Vinton Town Council to hear public comment on water and sewer rate increase

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:48 GMT
    The public can comment on the higher water and sewer rates at a public hearing tonight at 7pm at the Vinton Municipal Building.
    The public can comment on the higher water and sewer rates at a public hearing tonight at 7pm at the Vinton Municipal Building.
  • Police Stepping Up Patrols Statewide for Memorial Day Weekend

    Police Stepping Up Patrols Statewide for Memorial Day Weekend

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:28 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:28:27 GMT
    From 5pm to 10pm tonight, Roanoke City Police will be working together with thirteen other departments through out the state to do what's called a "460 Blitz".
    From 5pm to 10pm tonight, Roanoke City Police will be working together with thirteen other departments through out the state to do what's called a "460 Blitz".
  • TAP examines impact through new partnership with local schools

    TAP examines impact through new partnership with local schools

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:59 GMT
    Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops.Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops.
    Total Action for Progress is teaming up with Roanoke City Public Schools to look at the impact of it's Head Start program. Head Start helps close to 1,000 kids that face multiple risk factors prepare for kindergarten.
    Total Action for Progress is teaming up with Roanoke City Public Schools to look at the impact of it's Head Start program. Head Start helps close to 1,000 kids that face multiple risk factors prepare for kindergarten.
  • West End Financial Center to open today

    West End Financial Center to open today

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:52 GMT
    Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops.Downtown Roanoke is getting more businesses in including restaurants and shops.
    The West End Financial Center includes a Freedom First Credit Union, a community room, an outdoor area for vendors, and a room which will later be developed into a community kitchen.
    The West End Financial Center includes a Freedom First Credit Union, a community room, an outdoor area for vendors, and a room which will later be developed into a community kitchen.
  • Parents voice concerns at Bedford Co. School Board meeting

    Parents voice concerns at Bedford Co. School Board meeting

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:49 GMT
    Several parents and students were at tonight's meeting to show their support for Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary.
    Several parents and students were at tonight's meeting to show their support for Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary.
  • Blue Ridge Music Festival sells more tickets than last year

    Blue Ridge Music Festival sells more tickets than last year

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:41 GMT
    The Blue Ridge Music Festival is growing in it's second year in Salem.This year more than 10,700 tickets were sold.Compare that to 10,000 tickets last year.The event is the second largest to happen in Salem.The all day country music festival started at 11am.Headliner Brantley Gilbert will take the stage at 9:05pm.
    The Blue Ridge Music Festival is growing in it's second year in Salem.This year more than 10,700 tickets were sold.Compare that to 10,000 tickets last year.The event is the second largest to happen in Salem.The all day country music festival started at 11am.Headliner Brantley Gilbert will take the stage at 9:05pm.
  • Bedford County School Board tours elementary schools

    Bedford County School Board tours elementary schools

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:41 GMT
    The Bedford County School Board toured Body Camp and Moneta Elementary earlier today.Those are the two schools that are currently on the chopping block.The board members looked at classrooms, gymnasiums, sewer systems, and much more to help prepare forthe decisionthey hope to make later this week.Chairman Gary Hostutler says it's a decision that has to be made now.He says, "We don't have the funding to continue to operate these schools. The state saw it. The state expects us to close schools....
    The Bedford County School Board toured Body Camp and Moneta Elementary earlier today.Those are the two schools that are currently on the chopping block.The board members looked at classrooms, gymnasiums, sewer systems, and much more to help prepare forthe decisionthey hope to make later this week.Chairman Gary Hostutler says it's a decision that has to be made now.He says, "We don't have the funding to continue to operate these schools. The state saw it. The state expects us to close schools....
  • Bedford Community gets a chance to voice opinion at public hearing tonight

    Bedford Community gets a chance to voice opinion at public hearing tonight

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:34 GMT
    Residents in Bedford County will be given an opportunity to share their thoughts on the potential closings of Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary at a public hearing tonight. The closures are being
    Residents in Bedford County will be given an opportunity to share their thoughts on the potential closings of Moneta Elementary and Body Camp Elementary at a public hearing tonight. The closures are being considered by the board after a state efficiency study was done that suggested the change to save money. Chairman Gary Hostutler says that if a school is not closed, millions of
  • Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center to undergo expansion

    Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center to undergo expansion

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:30 GMT
    The expansion will create a new wing that will focus on adolescents and young adults. In the new wing, there will be four new classrooms and a living center.
    The expansion will create a new wing that will focus on adolescents and young adults. In the new wing, there will be four new classrooms and a living center.
  • First Rail Safety Task Force meeting will be held in Richmond today

    First Rail Safety Task Force meeting will be held in Richmond today

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:20 GMT
    The goal of the task force is to determine how the state can better help local governments and first responders if another accident or spill occurs as well as discuss safety regulations at it's meetings with lobby lawmakers to change those regulations if it sees fit.
    The goal of the task force is to determine how the state can better help local governments and first responders if another accident or spill occurs as well as discuss safety regulations at it's meetings with lobby lawmakers to change those regulations if it sees fit.
  • Veterans to start arriving this morning for 70th Anniversary of D-Day

    Veterans to start arriving this morning for 70th Anniversary of D-Day

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:27 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:27:13 GMT
    Hundreds of veterans from around the country will visit Southwest Virginia this weekend for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.Some of those veterans will arrive in Bedford today and take a tour of the memorial before the remembrance events begin tomorrow.One group will be arriving by plane shortly after 11am and a local group has planned a surprise for their arrival.A group of moms and their children have been working this week to prepare for the surprise.They have made signs and greeting cards w...
    Hundreds of veterans from around the country will visit Southwest Virginia this weekend for the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.Some of those veterans will arrive in Bedford today and take a tour of the memorial before the remembrance events begin tomorrow.One group will be arriving by plane shortly after 11am and a local group has planned a surprise for their arrival.A group of moms and their children have been working this week to prepare for the surprise.They have made signs and greeting cards w...
  • Adoption events helping pound lower euthanasia rates

    Adoption events helping pound lower euthanasia rates

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:40 GMT
    The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection began offering adoptions ten months ago. Since then, it's tried new ways to get animals into permanent homes. Single day adoption events are one avenue
    The Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection began offering adoptions ten months ago. Since then, it's tried new ways to get animals into permanent homes. Single day adoption events are one avenue that's proven successful. Today, the pound could have it's biggest event yet. It's taking part in a nationwide event called "Just One Day." Shelters aro
  • National Safety train to stop in Roanoke and Lynchburg today

    National Safety train to stop in Roanoke and Lynchburg today

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:24 GMT
    The "Appalachian Whistle-Stop Safety Train" will makethe trip from Roanoke to Lynchburg today.
    The "Appalachian Whistle-Stop Safety Train" will makethe trip from Roanoke to Lynchburg today.
  • Roanoke City summer learning program seeing growth in second year

    Roanoke City summer learning program seeing growth in second year

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:12 GMT
    Thousands of kids in Roanoke to begin summer learning program today.Thousands of kids in Roanoke to begin summer learning program today.
    This is only the second year of the RCPS+ program and already the district is seeing growing enrollment.
    This is only the second year of the RCPS+ program and already the district is seeing growing enrollment.
  • Glenvar High School construction to get underway today

    Glenvar High School construction to get underway today

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:26:02 GMT
    Construction is expected to last between 18 months and 2 years.
    Construction is expected to last between 18 months and 2 years.
  • Gleaning for the World ready to help in Nebraska

    Gleaning for the World ready to help in Nebraska

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:58 GMT
    As people in Nebraska continue clean up efforts, local organizations like Gleaning for the World are waiting to see if help is needed.
    As people in Nebraska continue clean up efforts, local organizations like Gleaning for the World are waiting to see if help is needed.
  • "Let's Do Lunch" event sells more than 2,500 tickets

    "Let's Do Lunch" ticket sales hit 2500

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:45 GMT
    The Local Office on Aging will hold it's annual "Let's Do Lunch" fundraiser today. More than 2,500 meals have already been sold. 
    The Local Office on Aging will hold it's annual "Let's Do Lunch" fundraiser today. More than 2,500 meals have already been sold. The event raises tens of thousands of dollars which is put towards the Meals on Wheels program. LOA relies on the event to continue serving hundreds of local seniors.   
  • Roanoke seeing increase in adult abuse referrals

    Roanoke seeing increase in adult abuse referrals

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:31 GMT
    The Department of Social Services is seeing an increase in the number of phone calls it's receiving about potential adult abuse cases. The number of referrals has been growing since February.
    The Department of Social Services is seeing an increase in the number of phone calls it's receiving about potential adult abuse cases.   
  • Pedestrian Accidents up this year in Downtown Roanoke

    Pedestrian Accidents up this year in Downtown Roanoke

    Wednesday, July 24 2013 8:57 AM EDT2013-07-24 12:57:22 GMT
    ROANOKE, VA – Some people are concerned that Downtown intersections have become increasingly dangerous for pedestrians. Here are the facts. From 2008 to 2011, there were a total of 11 accidents involving
    ROANOKE, VA – Some people are concerned that Downtown intersections have become increasingly dangerous for pedestrians. Here are the facts. From 2008 to 2011, there were a total of 11 accidents involving
  • Virginia Tech Rolling Out New Safety App

    Virginia Tech Rolling Out New Safety App

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:21 GMT
    Virginia Tech's Emergency Management Department is working to make campus safer through the use of technology.The department is in the early stages of rolling out a new app called Livesafe that allows students to connect with police using their smart phones. It also has all of the information a student would need to know in case of an emergency.
    Virginia Tech's Emergency Management Department is working to make campus safer through the use of technology.The department is in the early stages of rolling out a new app called Livesafe that allows students to connect with police using their smart phones. It also has all of the information a student would need to know in case of an emergency.
  • More improvements coming to West End neighborhood

    More improvements coming to West End neighborhood

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:15 GMT
    The City of Roanoke plans to continue putting federal grant money towards improvements in the West End neighborhood over the next year.
    The City of Roanoke plans to continue putting federal grant money towards improvements in the West End neighborhood over the next year.

  • Rescue Mission program helping get men on their feet faster

    Rescue Mission program helping get men on their feet faster

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:05 GMT
    The Roanoke Rescue Mission is seeing a drop in the amount of time men are staying at the shelter.
    The Roanoke Rescue Mission is seeing a drop in the amount of time men are staying at the shelter.
  • New Horizons Healthcare to open dental clinic in early fall

    New Horizons Healthcare to open dental clinic in early fall

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:25 PM EDT2014-07-23 17:25:02 GMT
    New Horizons Healthcare is making progress in its efforts to open a low-cost dental clinic later this year.
    New Horizons Healthcare is making progress in its efforts to open a low-cost dental clinic later this year.
  • Higher crash numbers not deterring anti-DUI campaign

    Higher crash numbers not deterring anti-DUI campaign

    Thursday, July 10 2014 10:47 AM EDT2014-07-10 14:47:44 GMT
    The latest advertisment created by the Roanoke Prevention Alliance encourages young drinkers to make plans to get home safely before a nightThe latest advertisment created by the Roanoke Prevention Alliance encourages young drinkers to make plans to get home safely before a night
     A campaign in Roanoke that aims to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes in the area will continue this year despite an increase in accidents in 2013.
     A campaign in Roanoke that aims to reduce the number of alcohol-related crashes in the area will continue this year despite an increase in accidents in 2013.
  • National Drug Policy to be announced in Roanoke this morning

    National Drug Policy to be announced in Roanoke this morning

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 11:03 AM EDT2014-07-09 15:03:26 GMT
    The White House's Director of Drug Policy will be in Roanoke today to release the 2014 National Drug Policy Reform Plan. The plan will serve as a blueprint for drug policy reform in the nation for the next year.
    The White House's Director of Drug Policy will be in Roanoke today to release the 2014 National Drug Policy Reform Plan. The plan will serve as a blueprint for drug policy reform in the nation for the next year.
  • Local man proposes to girlfriend at Lexington Balloon Rally

    Local man proposes to girlfriend at Lexington Balloon Rally

    Friday, July 4 2014 12:33 PM EDT2014-07-04 16:33:43 GMT
    (LEXINGTON - WSLS) Balloons in Lexington were not able to launch this morning at the annual Balloon Rally due to high winds.However, one local man didn't let that change his plans to propose to his girlfriend aboard a hot air balloon.Ben Shehan, who grew up in Rockbridge County, was among the crowd of people who were told they would be unable to fly this morning.Immediately, Ben and his family worked to find anotherway to make the proposal happen.Balloon ooperateswere able to get Shehan and h...
    (LEXINGTON - WSLS) Balloons in Lexington were not able to launch this morning at the annual Balloon Rally due to high winds.However, one local man didn't let that change his plans to propose to his girlfriend aboard a hot air balloon.Ben Shehan, who grew up in Rockbridge County, was among the crowd of people who were told they would be unable to fly this morning.Immediately, Ben and his family worked to find anotherway to make the proposal happen.Balloon ooperateswere able to get Shehan and h...
  • God's Pit Crew hoping to help more people with fleet expansion

    God's Pit Crew hoping to help more people with fleet expansion

    Friday, July 4 2014 12:22 PM EDT2014-07-04 16:22:36 GMT
    (DANVILLE, VA - WSLS) - God's Pit Crew is working hard to stock up on supplies and prepare it's trucks with the potential for severe weather in the coming months.The disaster relief organization out of Danville helps those that have been impacted by natural disasters.The group is working to expand it's fleet so it can help more people. It will need to raise $100,000 to fix up an old trailer that has been donated to the organization
    (DANVILLE, VA - WSLS) - God's Pit Crew is working hard to stock up on supplies and prepare it's trucks with the potential for severe weather in the coming months.The disaster relief organization out of Danville helps those that have been impacted by natural disasters.The group is working to expand it's fleet so it can help more people. It will need to raise $100,000 to fix up an old trailer that has been donated to the organization
  • Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Floydfest attracts people from all walks of life

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 03:26:58 GMT
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."
    FloydFest 13 kicked off on Wednesday. Thousands of people from different walks of life will attend various events. Some come to the music festival to escape the monotony of everyday living."

  • 2 planes with more crash victims to leave Ukraine

    2 planes with more crash victims to leave Ukraine

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:13 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:13:41 GMT
    Ukraine's government says 51 containers holding bodies and body parts of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash are ready to depart for the Netherlands aboard two military transport planes.
    Dozens of containers holding remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash were loaded aboard two military transports to go to the Netherlands Thursday on the second day of the airlift, while Australia's government...
  • Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

    Gaza fighting rages amid cease-fire efforts

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:01 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:01:56 GMT
    Israeli tanks and warplanes are pummeling the Gaza Strip as U.S. and other diplomats push for a cease-fire with Hamas militants.
    Israeli tanks and warplanes bombarded the Gaza Strip on Thursday, as Hamas militants stuck to their demand for the lifting of an Israeli and Egyptian blockade amid U.S. efforts to reach a cease-fire.
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