NBC’s “3rd Hour TODAY” Co-Host to Participate in TCC Media Day


Sheinelle Jones, co-host of NBC’s “3rd Hour Today,” will be the guest lecturer for Tulsa Community College’s inaugural Media Day. Jones will share her experiences of working her way to NBC in her presentation, “From Tulsa to ‘TODAY.’” She will be providing advice and counsel to aspiring journalism, communication and digital media college students interested in working in media.

The event is Tuesday, March 1 and sponsored by the TCC Mass Communication Division, the TCC Connection, and the Thomas K. McKeon Center for Creativity. Naomi Keitt, KJRH weekend anchor and reporter, and Sam Levrault, The Connection managing editor, will serve as co-moderators. This year’s program will be a live stream event from 10-11a.m. (CST). To register for the Zoom program, go to CenterforCreativityTulsa.com.

In addition to her “3rd Hour TODAY,” responsibilities, Jones hosts several NBC-sponsored programs, including a digital series where she visits with the mothers of celebrities to discuss their journey behind the scenes, and to get their unique take on raising successful children; a monthly wellness show on its streaming platform on Peacock TV; a weekly radio show, “Off the Rails,” on Sirius XM with colleagues Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer; and “Wild Child,” an award-winning weekly educational series, which is a part of NBC’s “The More You Know” family programming. Recently, she led a roundtable for NBC taking an in-depth look at the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on healthcare workers and minority communities.

Serving as a news anchor and reporter, Jones has added a new title as executive producer of “Stories We Tell: The Fertility Secret.” The MSNBC documentary shines a light on five (5) women of color and their journey as they reflect on the psychological and physical pain of infertility. This is her first endeavor as executive producer.

Prior to her appointment in 2014 at NBC News and “3rd Hour TODAY,” Jones worked as a television anchor and reporter for WTXF in Philadelphia, KOKI in Tulsa, and WICS in Springfield, Ill.. In her roles, she covered a variety of breaking news events and human-interest stories. Many of her news topics include interviews with notable politicians, celebrities, and newsmakers.

Jones is an inductee to the Northwestern University Medill School Hall of Achievement and the 2021 Tribute to Trailblazers Hall of Fame. Additionally, she is a recipient of awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists Pro Chapter, states of Pennsylvania and Delaware, and the city of Philadelphia. The recognitions have been for her work as a journalist and for hundred of hours as a volunteer in the community.

She is a graduate of Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and Spanish. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and The Links, Inc. She is married to Uche Ojeh. Together, they have a 12-year-old son, Kayin, and nine-year old twins, Uche and Clara. She and her family live in Manhattan.

Naomi Keitt is a weekend anchor/reporter for KJRH in Tulsa. Prior to Tulsa, she served as a producer and weekend anchor/reporter affiliated with WRBL in Columbus, Ga. Keitt holds a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia.

Additional co-sponsors are the Digital Media and Design, and Visual Arts academic programs at TCC; KJRH Channel 2 (NBC); Circle Cinema; National Association of Black Journalists-Tulsa chapter;The Oklahoma Eagle; and the Tulsa Press Club.

For more information, call 918-595-7086 or send an email to jerry.goodwin@tulsacc.edu.