In 2008 Jeff introduced tri-state viewers to David Goldman, a New Jersey father involved in a five-year custody battle with his son's Brazilian relatives. Jeff's brilliant storytelling commanded international headlines; gained the attention of the State Department; and eventually helped reunite David Goldman with his nine-year-old son Sean. David Goldman credits Jeff with helping to bring international attention and government support to his cause.
In 2009, Jeff told the story of Mary DiNardo, the widow of Jersey City Police Officer Marc DiNardo. Jeff reported about the obstacles Mary and her three young children faced while waiting nearly three months for Officer DiNardo's full state benefits package. Jeff's investigative reports exposed unnecessary delays within New Jersey's Division of Pensions and Benefits, and prompted the pension board to streamline the system that awards benefits to the families of fallen heroes. Later the New Jersey State Assembly passed legislation to permanently change the state's pension laws.
During his tenure at Eyewitness News, Jeff has been on the campaign trail with presidential candidates, covering the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, in 2004 and 2008 respectively. In 2009, just hours after the massacre at Ft. Hood, Jeff was on the ground in Killeen, Texas talking to survivors and heroes. Also, he helped tell the many stories of devastation and personal triumph while surveying the damage left by Hurricane Rita in Houston and Galveston, TX, in 2005.
Jeff's a hard news reporter, who's not afraid to show a softer side as well as a sense of humor. Every year he teams up with his daughter Jordyn to cover the wildly popular balloon inflation on the eve of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Prior to joining the Eyewitness News team, Jeff worked as a main anchor and lead reporter for some of the most celebrated local news organizations in the country. At WBAL-TV in Baltimore, his investigative reporting prompted a federal investigation into the mail-order sale of oxycontin.
After a series of floods in Maryland trapped panicked motorists in their cars, Jeff demonstrated the quickest and most effective way to get out of a sinking car alive. His work in Baltimore earned him two Emmy Award nominations for reporting and a nomination for his work on the anchor desk.
In the late 1990s Jeff anchored the then top-rated 5:30 and 6:30 weekday evening newscasts for the Fox affiliate in Miami, WSVN. When federal agents seized Elian Gonzalez from his relatives' Little Havana home, Jeff led the coverage as the dramatic events unfolded on live television.