Bryan Baker is back home…well, almost. He's from the Orlando area but how can you beat the beach? Bryan joined the Action News team in August of 2013 after working around the Southeast: WHAS11 in Louisville, Kentucky, WRDW in Augusta, Georgia and WDHN in Dothan, Alabama.
A variety of news has captured Bryan's attention, and he's covered just about everything, from tornados to tornadic fan bases. Most recently, Bryan was awarded Associated Press Honors for his coverage on a massive apartment fire in Louisville, and he won an Emmy award for a touching feature on a woman in Kentucky who makes jewelry out of letters her grandparents wrote to each other overseas during World War II.
During his time in Louisville, Bryan covered the University of Louisville's NCAA basketball championship in 2013 and the University of Kentucky's championship one year earlier (we won't mention the most recent Sugar Bowl loss by the Florida Gators at the hands of the Cardinals). Bryan knows the First Coast knows something about rivalries as well: he grew up around the dominance of Florida State Seminoles football (sorry, Gators) in the 1990s and that led to him attending FSU. Before working in television, Bryan's love of FSU paid off. Literally. He covered FSU football and basketball in 2006-2007 for several Florida newspapers, including the Tampa Tribune and Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Bryan has become quite the world traveler, all in the past year. He never crossed out of the United States but between 2012-2013 spent time in Hungary and Israel for a unique learning opportunity and visited Germany and South Africa not long after. If you don't find Bryan lounging on the beach with a good (no, read: GREAT) book, he's probably training for his fourth half-marathon or second marathon or spending time with friends.
Oh, Bryan should mention this little (actually big) nugget of information: He does have a family in Jacksonville: his dog, Layla, but most importantly his soon-to-be wife as of December 2013, Action News Morning Anchor Lynnsey Gardner. If you have a story idea or want to say "hello" just send him an email