31-time Emmy Award-winning reporter Jim Altman came to FOX61 in 2005 after some memorable stops along the way.

Altman has covered most major news events in the state over the past dozen years at Fox as well as hosting his popular weekly travel segment “Daytrippers”. Jim has toured the world on assignment for FOX61 including reporting from the shores of Cuba, to the streets of Ireland, and to the sidelines of the Super Bowl.

In his time at FOX61, Jim has been the recipient of numerous News Emmys including awards for Feature News Reporting, Spot News Reporting, Health and Science Reporting, Sports Reporting, News Writing, and an array of awards for Outstanding News Talent. This year Jimmy became a 31-time recipient; Honored with the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reporter – Human Interest. Last year he won for Feature News Reporting, Best Arts and Entertainment Segment, and Overall Sports Reporting. Additionally, Jim was recognized with the 2017 New England Edward R. Murrow Award for News Writing.

Jim began his career at NBC as a member of the prestigious NBC Page Program. After NBC, Jim joined the staff of the ABC Newsmagazine 20/20 where, as an Associate Producer, he spent eight years traveling the country covering some of the network’s most high-profile stories and has a number of national production credits to his name.

When the on-camera bug bit him, Jim landed his first full-time on-air job at WAMI-TV, Miami as a reporter for the critically-acclaimed South Beach News Magazine “The Times”. He also hosted the Mervyn’s Beach Bash, a nationally televised extreme sports program shot in Los Angeles.

Jim joined WSYX-TV (ABC/FOX) in Columbus, Ohio where he covered the Ohio State Buckeyes championship season. In just over two years in Columbus, Jim won four Emmy Awards for news reporting, including the Midwest Emmy Award for Best Feature Reporter.

In his spare time, Jim supports charitable causes. He spent seven years as the host of the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Labor Day Telethon and still is involved in MDA events throughout the year. Jim also serves as emcee for fund raisers around the state and is especially proud to represent Hartford-based Camp Courant. He was named Camp Courant’s “Hero of the Year” in 2015 and The MDA’s Man of the Year in 2016.

Raised in Washington, D.C. and New York City, Jim is a graduate of Syracuse University. He remains an avid Orange Fan and is especially amped about the Stanley Cup Champion, Washington Capitals. Jimmy also still admits to being a Redskins fan.

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