Jon Shirek was born in Fargo, ND, and grew up there and then in Melbourne Beach, FL.

He attended the University of Florida while working at WRUF-AM, The Independent Florida Alligator, and WTLV-TV in Jacksonville. He graduated from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, and went to work full-time at WTLV.

From there he moved to Atlanta and WXIA-TV 11Alive News.

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