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Jim Krasula’s award-winning work has been broadcast on CBS News Radio since 1984. Jim shared the Edward R. Murrow Awards won by CBS News Radio for coverage of Hurricane Bonnie in 1999, the vote count in Florida in 2000, the September 11 attacks, Hurricane Katrina and the Virginia Tech shooting.
Jim has covered nearly 30 named tropical storms and hurricanes, dozens of other natural disasters – ranging from tornadoes to blizzards, landslides and wildfires – many military courts martial of international and national consequence, notorious trials involving the Oklahoma City bomber, serial bomber Eric Rudolph, Susan Smith and many more. He ran the election campaign with presidential candidates Bob Dole in 1996, John McCain in 2000 and John Edwards in 2004. Jim has reported in almost every state, from population centers of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, to towns with curious names, including Monkey Run, Missouri; Monkey eyebrow, Kentucky; Whynot, North Carolina, Pumpkin Patch, South Carolina, and Cutoff, Louisiana. Jim traveled to War, West Virginia, and Baghdad, Florida, to assess public mood on the eve of the Iraq War. He covered the Fort Hood Massacre, the Space Shuttle Columbia crash, and the school shootings in Pearl, Mississippi; Jonesboro, Arkansas; and Paducah, Kentucky.
While Jim has rubbed shoulders with and interviewed the rich and famous, his real passion is telling stories of ordinary people, a radio version of famed CBS-TV correspondent Charles Kuralt “On the Road” from the farm fields of Iowa and Illinois, the feedlots of Oklahoma and West Texas, from the troughs of eastern Kentucky and West Virginia, to the bayous of Louisiana.
Jim was a reporter for local radio stations in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and North Carolina before joining CBS News.
Jim graduated from Western Illinois University with degrees in broadcasting and journalism with a minor in political science. He is married to Susan Worthington and has two sons, Andrew and Matthew, both Eagle Scouts.