Jim Payne truly depicts “Charity in Action”! Jim has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Florida for more than a decade, and helps to fundraise for the Edgewood Children’s Ranch in Orlando. However, his most well-known community service effort takes place annually; the Jim Payne Fearless 5k for the Children raises money for Kids House, a non-profit organization assisting victims of abuse. Our Dream Big Team had an excellent time at this year’s November 2014, 5K to raise funds for the Kids House!
Jim joined the WESH 2 News team in 2000. Jim is an experienced, award-winning journalist who believes in making a difference in his community.
Jim came to central Florida from WRAL-TV in Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. He also honed his skills at WRBL-TV in Columbus, Ga.; WKJG-TV (now WISE-TV) in Fort Wayne, Ind.; WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, Ind.; WFLI-TV in Lafayette, Ind.; and the NBC News Southwest Bureau in Houston, Tex.
Jim received journalism’s most prestigious honor, the George Foster Peabody Award, for his work on the month-long investigative series “Building Homes: Building Problems.” The reports detailed problems with new home construction in central Florida. He’s also been honored with an Alfred I. duPont Award for his work on the space shuttle Columbia disaster, the Edward R. Murrow award for his work on the WESH 2 News documentary “Code Blue: Crisis in the ER”; numerous awards from the Associated Press and Radio Television Digital News Association; the Jefferson Award for Public Service; The President’s Award for Volunteer Service; and numerous Emmys. We are honored to have Jim on our Dream Big Team as the Host of our annual benefit award show — Central Florida’s Talent Showcase!
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Dear Dream Big Board Members, We want to thank you for the scholarship that we received for our son Danny through the Dream Big Scholarship Fund….
Jim Payne truly depicts “Charity in Action”! Jim has served on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Florida among other contributions.
Central Florida’s Talent Showcase was a success in 2015. Visit Central Florida’s Talent Showcase to learn more! Join us on Facebook for updates on the 3rd annual event, as they happen!