Summer Jackson found her speaking voice at 8-years-old, when she won her first speech contest. The South Suburban Chicago native answered her calling performing in plays and competing in Drama and Oratory Competitions. Ultimately, she majored in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, Summer pursued her career in Broadcasting, as a Television News Reporter.
These days, Summer is segment producer and on-air contributor for "You & Me This Morning."
Prior to joining "You & Me This Morning," Summer earned her Master of Arts Degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies at Howard University, in Washington, DC. Also, while at Howard, Summer taught Public Speaking to Undergraduate Students.
Before attending Graduate School, Summer worked as a News/Entertainment Reporter/Host/Producer in television markets all over the country, including WSB-TV, in Atlanta. While at WSB-TV, she reported on news events all over metro Atlanta and contributed weekly reports and filled-in as Host and Producer on the Station's Entertainment Show "Hot Topics."
Prior to that, Summer worked in Chicago, as Host/Reporter on the nightly Chicago Entertainment Show, "metromix" on Tribune's CLTV (Chicagoland Television). She interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Music Legend Al Green, Actress Angela Bassett, Comedian Bernie Mac and Steve Harvey, Actress Sanaa Lathan, Singer Erykah Badu, Hip -Hop Artist Common, Singer Brian McKnight and Award Winning Talk Show Queen Oprah Winfrey.
Summer landed her position at CLTV, after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. In New Orleans, Summer was the Morning Show Reporter at the FOX affiliate, WVUE-TV. She has also worked at WBRZ-TV, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and at WICD-TV, as the Vermillion County Bureau Chief/Reporter, in Danville, IL.
When Summer is not busy working, she enjoys spending time with family and friends. Also, she enjoys mentoring. Summer hopes sharing her experiences with young people will encourage them to pursue their dreams.