Jean Enersen's trailblazing firsts in her global travels


by KING 5 News

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 13 at 8:12 PM

Not only has Jean Enersen served on the KING 5 anchor desk for more than 42 years, she’s also logged countless miles on the road, wearing out several passports and racking up even more trail-blazing firsts along the way.

We take a look back at Jean's amazing career and all the many places she's been and all the people's she's met along the way.

In 1979, Jean was the first local American TV reporter invited to China get a glimpse behind the so-called Bamboo Curtain.

"We gathered a crowd of hundreds that widen to thousands of people and It was the first time I had a real sense of the enormous population in China," Jean recalled.

She transported us to frozen Leningrad as the first local American TV journalist to broadcast from the Soviet Union as relations between the two countries began to thaw.

Jean was also the first local reporter to travel with the Gates Foundation to Africa to examine the then-unexpected and far reaching consequences of the AIDS epidemic.

She was also there for Princess Diana's funeral.

And she got President Obama to laugh at a curveball he never saw coming.

"So Mr. President, I actually went to high school with your mother," said Jean.

"Did you really? No kidding," President Obama replied.

In the words of young children from Africa who perhaps summed it up best: So long for now, but not goodbye.