Gardner received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1970. As a student, Gardner got his first taste of broadcast journalism when he reported on the historic student riots at Columbia in 1968. Following his graduation in 1970, Gardner worked at the all-news WINS Radio in New York. In 1972, Gardner joined WFAS Radio in White Plains, New York. Two years later, he began his television broadcast career at WKBW-TV in Buffalo.
On June 1st, 1976, Jim Gardner joined WPVI-TV in Philadelphia as a reporter and anchor of Action News at Noon. On May 11, 1977, he assumed his current position of anchor of Action News at 6pm and 11pm.
It would be impractical to list all the major local, national and international stories Gardner has covered from the anchor desk, and in the field. While many of those stories do stand out, Gardner is most proud of his longevity and consistency, being there at 6 and 11 day in and day out for four decades.
Jim values his involvement in the community and his opportunities to give back to a variety of organizations. He is particularly proud of the fact that one broadcast journalism student at Temple University has been awarded the Jim Gardner Scholarship to help pay for his or her education every year since 1987.
Jim Gardner has four children, and lives with his wife Amy in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
Watch Jim Gardner's interview with Sen. John McCain
U.S. Senator John McCain (R) sat down with Action News' Jim Gardner for one-on-one interview prior to the Liberty Medal presentation Monday evening.
Jim Gardner speaks with PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro
Josh Shapiro was elected, at least in part to pick up the pieces from the fiasco of Kathleen Kane's tenure as Pennsylvania Attorney General. Now just over a year into his term, Shapiro is indisputably a rising star in state and national democratic politics. Jim Gardner sits down and talks one-on-one with Josh Shapiro.
VIDEO: Jim Gardner looks back at Philly sports parades
A crowd began to grow hours before the start of the Philadelphia Eagles Championship Parade.