Jan D'Atri is a well-known and respected Emmy award-winning television personality, radio talk show host, newspaper columnist, cookbook author and owner of Jan D'Atri Gourmet Foods in Phoenix, Arizona. She has the distinction of appearing continuously on television longer than any other female in the Valley. She currently co-hosts Arizona Midday on Channel 12, and creates cooking and lifestyle segments.
Jan began her television career in 1976 in Reno, Nevada as an anchor for KTVN Ch 2 (CBS). In 1978, she became the first PM Magazine co-host in a small market, capturing a 48 share in its first year, making it the highest rated PM Magazine in the country. In 1979 Jan arrived at KTVK Channel 3 in Phoenix to again co-host PM Magazine and remained at KTVK for the next 23 years.
In her successful 30-year television career, Jan has hosted and produced seven television shows. She has won three Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards, the national Gabriel Award and Chicago International Film Festival honor in the categories of producing, writing and hosting. Her tenure at KTVK TV in Phoenix, Arizona eventually led to her own one-hour syndicated television show, Southwest Style, airing in 24 cities in eight states.
In 1990, armed with treasured family recipes, Jan opened D'Atri Gourmet Foods in Arizona and began to manufacture and distribute a gourmet line of Italian Sausages and Biscotti. Jan has since created an upscale brand of Italian cookies sold regularly on QVC under her Momma and Me label.
In 2001 Jan added restaurateur to her list of accomplishments when she opened D'Atri's Cinema Paradiso in Scottsdale, a quaint and casual 14-table eatery named one of Arizona's Top 100 Restaurants. Jan's second restaurant D'Atri's At The Scottsdale Airport incorporated fine dining and soon became noted for its elegant Tuscan atmosphere, magnificent view of the runway and "Best Of Phoenix" homemade Panini sandwiches.
In 2006, Jan and her mother Livia collaborated on their first cookbook, Momma & Me & You, which chronicles Livia's original recipes and stories from her own gourmet Italian restaurant, D'Atri's at Lake Tahoe, which became a favorite gathering spot for celebrities during the 1950's. The cookbook sold out in it's first airing recently on QVC. The second cookbook, "Rescued Recipes" followed 2 years later.
Jan currently co-hosts and creates cooking and life-style segments for KPNX TV 12 (NBC) in Phoenix, Arizona. She produces and hosts, The Jan D'Atri Show, weekly on KFYI Radio. (Clear Channel). Jan also writes two weekly syndicated columns for the Arizona Republic and the Times Publications. Jan lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband John.
About Me: I've been blessed to be on the air in Arizona for 36 years! To have chosen a career that has been so fulfilling and fun is just the greatest feeling. Personally, most people would never imagine I go home everyday to a wonderful husband and 26 farm animals including chickens and goats! Many mouths to feed!
Hometown: Lake Tahoe, California
City of Residence: Scottsdale
Your Heritage: Italian American
Current Position: Co-host Arizona Midday
When you joined Arizona Midday: 2002
College Graduated from: University of Nevada Reno
Interests/Hobbies: Cooking, fly-fishing,
Favorite Music: So Varied. Country, Jazz, Rock-a-billy, Classical
Favorite Song: House of Gold (Renny Rankin)
Favorite Book(s): Cookbooks
Favorite Quote(s): "Words are Things with Wings. They leave a print wherever they go like foot prints in the fallen snow."
Favorite Food: Peanut Butter
Favorite Color: Coral
Favorite Travel Destination: Any trout stream
Pets: 26. (Yes, that was not a typo.) Dogs, Cats, Chickens, birds, tortoises, goats, burro, horse)
Hidden Talents: Still looking. They're hidden
Favorite Sports Teams: D-Backs and Cardinals, of course!
Favorite Moment in Broadcasting: Moon landing, for sure!
Why you decided to work in TV: Got offered a job in TV when I was studying to be a concert pianist!
Where else you have worked: 36 Years on TV in Reno and Phoenix, owned two restaurants and gourmet food company, played the accordion at an Italian Restaurant during college!
First Story Reported: a "reporter involvement" piece on eating chocolate covered bugs
Your First Job: waitress at a Chinese restaurant (age 14, told them I was 16!)
What People Would Never Guess About You: That I absolutely LOVE having coffee in my chicken coop at sunset with "the girls"
What you love about living in Arizona: Everything. Everything. Everything.
Your Biggest Pet Peeve: Inconsideration.
Your Prized Possession: My home filled with the best pets, husband and tons of love!
What I'm Passionate About: Whatever I happen to be doing at that moment. And fishing.
Dream Vacation: The Amalfi Coast in Italy. It's amazing and so relaxing!
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