Jason Knowles
Jason Knowles is well known for warning viewers about the latest rip- offs and schemes. Since he began his work as the station's Consumer Investigative Reporter, he's exposed dozens of alleged con-artists on camera and recovered thousands of dollars for consumers who say they were wronged by large companies and local businesses. He's also uncovered potential Red Light Camera Traps, Real Estate Scams and problems with toxic Lead Paint and Lead Water in our community.

Knowles has also earned a reputation for navigating the latest consumer trends and warning people of problems associated with social media and technology. When he's not on the air, Jason spends his days combing through dozens of calls and emails. He stays in close contact with government agencies and other consumer experts to find stories important to Chicago viewers.

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Knowles was promoted to consumer investigative reporter in January 2014, becoming a member of the station's prestigious I-Team investigative unit. His strong and incisive investigative reporting background, and his in-depth segments as special projects producer at ABC 7, made him the perfect fit for consumer investigative work. Vice President of News and News Director Jennifer graves said, "Jason is a tenacious reporter who knows how to dig up a good story."

Prior to joining the I-Team, Knowles was a morning reporter covering breaking and developing stories in the field every day. He joined ABC 7 Eyewitness News as a reporter in February of 2009, and has covered countless breaking stories which have made national headlines including the Jennifer Hudson family murder trial, Rod Blagojevich's trip to prison, along with both Blagojevich trials. He's also been on top of the Drew Peterson saga, President Obama's visits to Chicago and Oprah Winfrey's final shows. Knowles has also chased down stories and politicians at City Hall and the Dirksen Federal Courthouse as well as covering hearings at the Criminal Courthouse at 26th and California. He's also been able to kick back and have some fun while reporting at the Chicago Air and Water show and at Cubs and Sox home openers.

Knowles and his stories have also been featured in national broadcasts such as Inside Edition and Larry King Live. He also dabbled in acting, as what else, but a reporter in the 2008 movie "The Lucky Ones" starring Rachel McAdams and Tim Robbins.

Knowles first came to ABC 7 in 2004 as a special projects producer, where he tracked down exclusive stories for the 10 PM News. He worked closely with ABC 7 Eyewitness news anchors with original consumer warnings and also produced investigative stories for the ABC 7 I-Team.

His favorite ABC 7 experience was traveling to South Africa to cover the opening of Oprah Winfrey's Girls' school. He also field produced for the 2008 Republican National Convention and the inauguration of Barack Obama in Washington D.C. for ABC 7. He received an Emmy for his coverage at the inauguration and also has won dozens of awards in his 15 years of working in the television news industry.

Before joining ABC 7 as a producer, Knowles spent eight years on the air as a reporter at various stations including WTVG-TV, the ABC-owned station in Toledo, OH, where he was their Investigative Reporter and Consumer Troubleshooter. He also worked as a reporter and anchor at WKAG-TV in Hopkinsville, KY.

Jason Knowles lives downtown and loves the city life. He loves to enjoy Chicago's lakefront and tries to run by the water as much as possible. When he's not reporting in the morning, Knowles has made it a priority to experience Chicago's amazing restaurants, sights and hot spots with family and friends. Besides keeping up with the Chicago and national news, he loves monitoring the latest in television, movies and pop culture.

Knowles graduated from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and is a native of Cleveland, OH.

Jason's Stories
Chicago potholes: Is filing a damage claim with the city worth it?
The I-Team found that less than half of last year's pothole claims have been cleared for payout.
How to manage student loan debt ahead of Supreme Court's ruling on relief program
Nearly 2 million people in Illinois are paying back student loans. As the country waits for a ruling from the Supreme Court on President Biden's student debt relief program, our I-Team looks at how consumers can control that debt now.
Scammers pose as government workers, claim to help taxpayers access phony 2022 stimulus payments
Scammers are asking you for personal information, claiming you can get a tax credit if you missed a stimulus payout in 2022. The problem? There was no such payout last year.
Chicago Loop, Mag Mile retail vacancy rate is higher than ever but experts see signs tide is turning
Vacancy rates in the Loop and the Magnificent Mile are up, but the I-Team is finding bright spots and reasons to be optimistic about Chicago's retail future.
Thieves can use ChatGPT to write convincing scam messages with human-like language, experts warn
An I-Team alert about artificial intelligence and how scammers can now use it to send you texts and emails that may look very real. It's a legitimate and popular online tool called ChatGPT.
Chicago parking garage added incorrect fines and fees to totals, some customers say
Chicago parking can be costly and stressful, and some people say some parking garages are adding incorrect fines and fees to their totals.
How to avoid wasting money on checking account fees
Are you wasting money on checking account fees? One financial group says there are ways you can avoid paying. Consumer Investigator Jason Knowles is finding out how you can save when banking.
Are your 'new' tires really new? Woman buys tires that turn out to be 9 years old
So how can you find out the age of the tires you are buying? Look for a 10 to 12-digit Department of Transportation code on the sidewall. The last four digits are the week and the year the tires were made.
Ghost kitchens make it hard to know where your delivery food is being made, or report problems
You may be ordering a lot of delivery food this winter, but do you really know where that food is coming from?
How to protect yourself from 'pig butchering' scams via text, social media
What in the world is the "pig butchering" scam? Consumer Investigator Jason Knowles explained how you can avoid losing your life savings to this strange scheme.