James Packard

James Packard

James Packard


James Packard is an anchor and producer at Scripps News. You'll find him fishing for smart interviews, digging for the heart of the story and spelling out how the news shapes what happens next. He's a Denver-raised graduate of the University of Missouri's journalism school. He's also an actor, a writer and a pilot. He enjoys new perspectives, rich conversation and witty jokes. So, if you offer any of those, please reach out.

Recent Work
A boat is seen along Lake Powell in Arizona.

Interior Department Restricts Water Supply To Multiple Western States

Kaiser Permanente mental health workers and supporters march outside a Kaiser facility in Sacramento

California Mental Health Workers Go On Strike

Anne Heche poses for a portrait.

Anne Heche Declared Dead A Week After Fiery Crash In Los Angeles

A person pumps gas.

Gas Prices Have Dropped, But The Relief Might Not Stick

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, wife Vanessa and daughter Natalia are seen at a game.

Vanessa Bryant's Lawsuit Over Crash Photos Begins In Los Angeles

A woman fills a syringe.

FDA Allows New Monkeypox Vaccination Method To Maximize Supply

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva points to a Los Angeles Times story during a news conference.

Los Angeles Prosecutors Assembling Grand Jury In Sheriff Kneeling Case

The Port of Los Angeles

How The Port Of Los Angeles Has Changed

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf On How To Pay For Sports Stadiums

A woman passes a lodge that burned during the McKinney Fire.

Rain Is Helping Keep McKinney Fire Down, But Hotter Days Ahead Won't

A chimney stands at a home destroyed by the McKinney Fire on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022

Wildfires Are Spreading Rapidly Across The U.S.

Manuel R. Martínez selects numbers to play before buying Mega Millions lottery tickets

Mega Millions Jackpot Climbs Past $1 Billion

A hiring sign

What's Happened To Hiring Practices?

Lottery tickets and a lottery sign

Lotto Fever Intensifies With A Jackpot Still Up For Grabs

People look into a store's refrigerator.

The Real-Life Impact Of The Federal Reserve Hike

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is visible in the Financial District of Manhattan

The Federal Reserve Will Once Again Begin Raising Interest Rates

A helicopter drops water while battling the Oak Fire in Mariposa County

A Northern California Wildfire Has Forced Residents To Evacuate

Anthony Bruce, a great-great grandson of Charles and Willa Bruce, holds up the title deed of the oceanfront property

California Beachfront Taken From 1920s Black Couple Given To Heirs

A woman and youngster wade in the waters of the American River at Discovery Park in Sacramento, California

About A Third Of Americans Are Under Some Kind Of Heat Alert

Trucks line up to enter a Port of Oakland shipping terminal on Nov. 10, 2021, in Oakland, Calif.

Truckers Protest Proposed Restrictions On Private Contractors

People relax on the beach at Southend-on-Sea on the Thames Estuary in Essex

Western Temperatures Are Hitting Triple Digits This Summer


Why Is California Classifying Bees As Fish?

Oakland Athletics third baseman Vimael Machin throws out Houston Astros' Jose Altuve for the final out during a game.

The Oakland A's Mull A Last Stand Against Pro-Sports Owners

A combat drone

How Drones Are Transforming Warfare

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

New California Gun Law Will Hold Gun Manufacturers Accountable

A view of NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula from the James Webb Space Telescope

Baby Stars, Dancing Galaxies: NASA Shows New Cosmic Views

Galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, captured by the James Webb Space Telescope, is shown.

NASA Space Telescope's First Cosmic View Goes Deep

A jet liner

Why Are Commercial Airline Pilots Forced To Retire?

Travelers at the north security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport

Delta Pilots Picket To Demand Better Pay And Working Conditions

Water pours slowly out of a sink faucet

California Nonprofit Working To Close $8.5B Water Access Gap In U.S.