Jonathan Costen


I’m excited about returning home to Hampton Roads. Technically, New York is my home but Hampton Roads is like a second home because my family’s roots on Dad’s side stem from Gates County, North Carolina and my Mom’s Dad is from Hampton Roads. In fact he graduated from IC Norcum in Portsmouth. (My mom’s name is Virginia possibly named after her dad’s home state.) So I have relatives living anywhere from Elizabeth City, Gates County to Norfolk and Newport News.

I worked at WVEC from 1992 to 1999. I often reported from the Peninsula bureau with my friends Velma Scaife, Kathy Barnstorf and Doug Sesny. I had a great time reporting here and I was humbled and honored to earn regional and national awards on a couple of series of documentaries on the Gullah Culture of the Sea Islands, and the famous World War II pilots, the Tuskegee Airmen.

While working at WVEC I was also flattered to be selected from a pool of male reporters from across the country to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show.

I ventured off from Hampton Roads to report in a larger market in Cleveland, Ohio. Ironically, when I was here in Hampton Roads I was assigned to a great deal of Allen Iverson stories. It seems like yesterday when photographer Tony Church and I went to Wake Forest to interview Iverson’s old High School teammate Tony Rutland and eventually to Georgetown to follow Iverson’s announcement of going into the NBA.

Being a basketball fanatic I didn’t mind following Lebron James’ high school career when I lived in Akron, Ohio and reporting on his announcement to go pro.

I returned to Virginia and I taught children with emotional, intellectual, physical and behavior challenges for three years.

When I’m not reporting the news I enjoy spending time with my immediate family and extended family and friends. I also enjoy being with my church family at the Glen Allen and Denbigh Churches of Christ. Even though I love basketball it seems lately I watch more than I play… but I do love working up a sweat at the Y!

If you’d like to catch up on old times feel free to email me especially if you a story idea.