NewsChannel 7 at 5, 6, and 10 and Sunrise 7 Sunday
Jerel Ballard joined WSAW/WZAW as a weekday reporter and weekend anchor/producer for Sunrise 7 Sunday in March of 2018.
He is a Milwaukee native and graduate from Columbia College Chicago.
Before coming to Wausau, Jerel spent his time advocating and serving his community through philanthropic engagement. Since 2009 Jerel has made recommendations and determined the release of over $200,000 for service projects impacting the Greater Milwaukee Area. With a passion for education, Jerel became the Founder of the Milwaukee's Finest Scholarship Foundation where he provides scholarships to high school seniors in the city of Milwaukee.
After accepting internship opportunities with the Mayor of Chicago, Mayor of Milwaukee, and a U.S. Senator, Jerel discovered his passion for political reporting. During his time with politics he became efficient in speech writing, casework, constituent relations and social media correspondence.
In 2016, Jerel moved to Washington D.C. to intern on Capitol Hill and study political science at George Mason University in partnership with the Fund for American Studies Foundation. Prior to his return to Wisconsin, Jerel worked as a Crisis Communication Research Analyst for the nationally recognized public relations firm, Kglobal.
During Jerel’s free time he enjoys going to the movies, kayaking, imessage games and volunteering. Feel free to contact Jerel for any story ideas you may have.