Jack Clifford, is the former President and General Manager of KPNX-TV, CH. 12, Chairman, Television Food Network and author. Mr. Clifford got his start in the broadcast industry during college, worked in Phoenix in the early days of his career, starting as the first sports anchor at KTVK-TV, Channel 3 in 1957 before moving into sales. In 1962 he began working at KTAR-TV, Channel 12 in Phoenix in the sales department and eventually became the station’s president and general manager.
Clifford then worked in several media markets until he moved to Rhode Island with the Providence Journal Company, as executive vice president. He worked to develop the company’s electronic media business into one of the nation’s largest broadcast & cable television, programming companies. He later founded and was chairman of both the Food Network (1993) and Northwest Cable News.
His many philanthropic endeavors include involvement with Arizona Opera, Challenger Space Center, ASU Cronkite Foundation & Endowment, Arizona Kidney Foundation, House of Broadcasting Museum and a host of other community activities.
Jack is a member of both the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter’s Silver Circle Society and Gold Circle Society He is also a member of the Arizona Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame.