Captain Jeff Long
Captain Jeff Long, the pilot/reporter in Chopper 13, joined the WJZ team in June 2012.
Capt. Jeff began his broadcasting career in 1986 as a journalist with the U.S. Navy, working in television and radio in Honduras and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. His last duty station was in Norfolk, Va., where he reported for Navy News This Week. While in the Navy, Jeff won several Navy Chief of Information Awards, as well as Department of Defense Thomas Jefferson Awards for excellence in broadcasting.
Jeff is a graduate of the Defense Information School’s journalism and broadcasting programs. He also studied communications at Penn State and Radio/TV at Tidewater Community College.
In 1991, Jeff moved to Memphis, where he worked as a video editor. He settled in Maryland in 1994, and took a position as the production manager for a company that produced documentaries for A&E. A few years later, he began freelancing in video production and aerial photography – a career that kept him busy while he built flight hours; first in airplanes, then in helicopters.
Capt. Jeff has worked as a flight instructor, tour pilot, charter pilot and news helicopter pilot in a variety of aircraft. Chopper 13 is a Bell 206 JetRanger, outfitted with a FLIR broadcast video camera. Jeff flies with a WJZ photojournalist and you can see their reports during the afternoon and evening newscasts, or anytime there is breaking news.
When he is not flying, Jeff enjoys playing blues guitar, boating and photography. He and his wife Louise live on Kent Island.
You can follow Capt. Jeff on Twitter @WJZCaptJeff.
City police responded to the scene of a shooting in Northwest Baltimore Tuesday, where a man has died from his injuries.
Baltimore County police confirmed that a 14-year-old girl has died in an accident on Pot Spring Road and Deer Fox Lane in Lutherville, Thursday.
Police and Fire and EMS units are investigating a crash on Bel Air Road and Mountain Road in Harford County.
A tractor trailer has overturned on I-95 after colliding with a SUV, temporarily shutting down the southbound lane near I-695 in Rosedale.
An overturned tractor trailer blocked traffic getting onto southbound I-95 at the inner loop of 695 this evening.
A suspect is in police custody after a brief police pursuit Monday evening.
A man is dead after a deadly accident in Anne Arundel County.
A serious accident snarls traffic on I-95 in Harford County.
Three people are recovering after a car and tour bus collided on I-95 during rush hour, causing a traffic nightmare.
A farmer was rescued Tuesday morning after being trapped inside a Cecil County silo for several hours.
Five people have been transported to local hospitals after a multi-vehicle accident on the inner loop of Interstate 695.
Authorities in Harford County are investigating after a body was found on Friday afternoon.
A double shooting reportedly led to a police chase.
An accident on Southbound 95 at the Fort McHenry Toll Plaza is causing big problems.
A pickup truck plows right through a 7-Eleven in Baltimore County.
Three people are injured after a multi-vehicle crash involving a dump truck on eastbound Route 32 at 295.
An officer is injured in a police-involved crash on East Lafayette Street in East Baltimore.
A violent, two-vehicle crash on eastbound Rt. 50 and 424 sent one person to Shock Trauma.
A car leaves the road and ends up in the side of a house in Edgewood.
Police are on the scene of a pepper spray incident at New Era Academy.
Police are investigating a serious crash involving a dump truck at Charles Street and Towsontown Boulevard.
A fatal, multi-vehicle collision on Route 100 is under investigation.
An overturned tractor trailer created a major rush hour headache for commuters in Baltimore County.
A three-alarm apartment fire heavily damages an apartment building in Anne Arundel County.
Two boats catch on fire at an Eastport dock.
A water main break in the city near the Harbor Tunnel is causing a few problems.
A truck overturned in Dundalk on Wednesday afternoon, snarling traffic in the region.
A pedestrian is dead after being hit by a train in Middle River.
A fatal accident on westbound Route 198 at I-95 South snarled traffic during Monday evening rush.
The Baltimore City Fire Department is investigating a fatal fire in Northeast Baltimore.
One person is rescued after the car he or she was driving in was surrounded by high water in Anne Arundel County.
A young woman is dead after being hit by a train in Baltimore County.
A possible landing gear problem holds up the runway at BWI.
Flooding has been reported in parts of Maryland.
A fuel spill on the ramp from 895 to 95 caused a huge problem for motorists.
Sources say three people were on board when a small plane made a crash landing on Kent Island on Tuesday afternoon.
An SUV slammed into a post office on Liberty Road.
A pedestrian accident is under investigation in Baltimore City.
An overturned tractor trailer snarls traffic on the inner loop of I-695. The injured driver has been taken to a local hospital.
A serious accident halts traffic in Queen Anne’s County.
A traffic tractor crash on Northbound Rt. 29 is blocking several lanes of traffic in Columbia.
At least two Annapolis homes suffered heavy fire damage Wednesday afternoon.
Crews are fighting a mulch fire in Anne Arundel County.
A fatal accident in Owings Mills Thursday afternoon is being blamed on a deer darting out onto the road.
A serious accident on the Outer Loop of the Beltway, involving multiple vehicles and a tractor trailer, has shut down several lanes.
Baltimore County firefighters are monitoring a brush fire near C. P. Crane Power Plant on Carroll Island.
An overturned tractor trailer on the Inner Loop of I-695 between northbound I-83 and Charles Street created a nightmare for drivers around lunchtime Friday.
A woman is dead after a serious accident at Route 23 and Grafton Shop Road involving three vehicles and a horse trailer.
Two cars have been involved in an accident in Overlea on Kenwood Avenue, shutting down the road.
A multi-car accident is backing up traffic on the outer loop of I-695 near I-95.
A man has been rescued after his car went over an embankment and almost into a nearby reservoir.
A child has been injured in a bus accident in Howard County.
Five prisoners were injured after a police transport vehicle crashed on the inner loop of 695.