J.B. Biunno

J.B. Biunno

J.B. is a news and technology reporter who’s been recognized as “Alabama Reporter of the Year” four times since coming to the Gulf Coast.

J.B. joined News 5 in February 2014 as the station’s technology reporter and digital content specialist. He can be seen regularly on News 5 at 5:00 discussing technology and the latest happenings on the web. From time to time, you’ll also see him on the anchor desk, covering news on the streets of Mobile, or on the sidelines for News 5 Sports. 

Some of J.B.’s news stories include his exclusive interview with dangerous fugitive Richard Phillips moments after his capture, the scary collision of two packed school buses in Lucedale, and the moment a boater learned of survivors after the 2015 Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy.

The Alabama Broadcasters Association recognized J.B. as the Best Reporter in Alabama a record-breaking three times from 2015 to 2017. The Alabama Associated Press also honored J.B. with the same distinction in 2016.

On the tech beat, J.B.’s daily “Web Center Report” has produced stories such as the dangers of powerful headphones and how smart devices are actually making us dumber.  The segment was named “Best News Franchise in Alabama” at the 2016 ABBY Awards and his series “Digital Dangers” received an Emmy nomination. 

As a sports junkie, J.B. also covered the 2016 and 2017 College Football National Championships between Alabama and Clemson with live reports from Glendale, Arizona and Tampa, Florida. His boxing story, “The Golden Robbery of Roy Jones Jr,” was awarded Best Sports Reporting at the 2017 ABBY Awards. 

A proud University at Albany alum, J.B. started his television career as the 11 o’clock anchor and technology reporter for WENY-TV in Elmira, New York. The NY Associated Press recognized J.B.’s technology reporting as “Best News Series” in back-to-back years. He has also worked as a Bureau Chief covering southern Delaware for WBOC-TV.

When he isn’t at work obsessing over electronics, J.B. is at home obsessing over electronics. He also enjoys grilling, playing basketball, watching boxing, and handing out hot chocolate to strangers.

If you have a technology-related story idea, email J.B. at jbiunno@wkrg.com

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