From the urgent, world-shaking dramas of FOX NEWS CHANNEL’s 24 hour live cable news to high-gloss Hollywood productions like EXTRA!, Jerry Burke has been at the forefront of using cutting-edge technology to reshape how viewers consume the news. At heart, Burke says he’s a story-teller, but he’s driven by a passion to engage and enthrall viewers with unique stories that resonate with an audience. A veteran documentarian and self-admitted news junkie, Burke now brings his extensive skills to bear in program development and new media.
Burke helped reshape a fledgling Fox News. Now known as the Most Powerful Name in News, it was not always the case. Burke brought lively production values, pacing and packaging to create The Fox Report with Shepard Smith, which soon became the highest rated news program in all of cable news.
With the tragedy of 9/11, Burke took responsibility for all of Fox News daily live coverage of the War on Terror. As Executive Producer of Daytime Programming as he lead the efforts of writers, producers, anchors and reporters.
Burke, more recently, created TV Guide’s first live, daily entertainment news program with host Chris Harrison of ABC’s The Bachelor. Burke also produced extensive coverage of Wall Street’s Great Meltdown for CNBC and Fox Business Network.
Previously, Burke traveled extensively for national newsmagazines like Inside Edition. Burke hiked into the Andes mountains with anchorwoman, Deborah Norville, to tell the miraculous story of the survivors of a tragic plane crash there. Other adventures took Burke to Vietnam and Cambodia, where he searched for the ruthless dictator, Pol Pot, who was hiding with the Khmer Rouge in the northern jungle.
Burke began his career at WNBC-TV on the local public affairs program, Religion in Review, where he was honored to book as guests Mother Teresa of Calcutta; His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Nobel Peace Prize winner, South Africa’s Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Burke’s latest project was developing and launching the ground-breaking series “Chasing News”, featured on WWOR and FOX 5 in NY/NJ and FOX29 in Philadelphia. For “Chasing News”, Burke pioneered a new form of newsgathering for the 21st century, losing the bulkiness and clumsiness of the past, and embracing technology for a streamlined, modern approach.