Tom Jarriel

Tom Jarriel Brief Biography

Thomas Edwin "Tom" Jarriel (pronounced "Jair-ell," with a silent "i"; born December 29, 1934) is an American television news reporter who has worked for the ABC network since the 1960s.

Jarriel's parents were the late William Lester Jarriel, Sr., and Ella Ruth Jarriel. They had six children, including Tom. In 1947, the family moved to Shreveport, where Jarriel graduated in 1952 from C.E. Byrd High School. In 1956, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Houston. He first worked at television station KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston. In 1965, Jarriel joined ABC, first based at the network's southern bureau in Atlanta, Georgia. While there, he attracted national notice for his coverage of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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