Jennifer Meckles joined the 5 On Your Side team in August 2014.

She is excited to return "home" to St. Louis and work for the station she grew up watching. Jennifer grew up in the Metro East, but she crossed the river to study journalism at the University of Missouri. She fell in love with television news while working at KOMU-TV in Columbia, Missouri.

Before returning to St. Louis, Jennifer spent three years in Knoxville, Tennessee. She worked as a reporter and weekend anchor at 5 On Your Side's sister station, WBIR-TV. Jennifer loves to travel, and her reporting has taken her to the Gulf of Mexico to cover a hurricane, Washington D.C. for a presidential inauguration, and to Colorado for severe flooding.

Now back home, Jennifer is trying to stock up on all the toasted ravioli she's missed and find some new running trails in St. Louis' many parks. The two balance each other out, right?

But most of all, she'd like to meet you and tell your story. Please feel free to send Jennifer an email at jmeckles@ksdk.com, a tweet, a Facebook message -- or a smoke signal if you prefer – to say hello or share a story idea.