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Cocktail Hour: 6 Questions With TV News Anchor Jay Cashmere

Writer Josh Cohen shares a cocktail with journalist Jay Cashmere, who opens up about Southern hospitality, fatherhood and life on TV. 

WHO: WPTV NewsChannel 5 and WFLX Fox 29 television news anchor and reporter, Jay Cashmere

WHAT: Ketel One Oranje “PGA Endless Delight,” paired with the Korean BBQ Pork Belly with Asian slaw and Yum Yum sauce, the organic roasted beet salad with pistachio-crusted goat cheese, baby arugula, tangelo vinaigrette, and the tuna tartare with avocado, jalapeño, scallion, Honeybell orange, and Yuzu Ponzu.

WHERE: iDeck at Ironwood Steak & Seafood, PGA National Resort and Spa / 400 Avenue of the Champions, Palm Beach Gardens / 561.627.4852 

1) The thing about live television news that most people don't realize is: just how much is actually going on at the time behind the scenes. From the producers, to the directors, to the floor crew, there's a large number of people working together to create this clean product for air. It's almost what you might describe as “controlled chaos.”

2) One moment I'll never forget while live on the air was: when my alma-mater Alabama was playing Auburn in the 2010 Iron Bowl. We had jumped out to a 24-0 lead before it began to slip away. I could barely contain my emotion as I watched the end of that game, and our football season, slip away out of the corner of my eye, all while I was anchoring that 5 p.m. Black Friday newscast. Alabama lost that game 28-27.

3) Many viewers might be shocked to learn that I'm a huge fan of: food. I'm actually a huge foodie. Being from New Orleans, I'm always looking for the next best dish to try. Growing up in that Louisiana culture provided me with the palate and constant need to try new cuisine.

4) If I'm not on the air or spending time with my family, I'm probably: at the beach. I'm either putting my toes in the sand, or I'm running or biking. I don't surf much anymore, but I absolutely love our beaches.

5) Being from New Orleans means: understanding the true definition of Southern hospitality. It's all about people. It's about giving people an experience in a unique culture they'll never forget. New Orleans is so different than anywhere else in this country in that regard.

6) Becoming a father for the second time with the birth of my daughter Ella last year was: one of the greatest experiences of my life. It's changed me in so many ways. I've grown up a lot. I look at things differently now. Your perspective becomes so different when you have children, when I read a story on the air about children, it changes everything. I cannot get enough of simply spending endless time with them.


Having joined WPTV NewsChannel 5 in 2001, the seven-time Suncoast Emmy award nominee won the coveted prize in 2008 for his feature on a unique program introducing members of the Wounded Warriors Project to the benefits of scuba diving off the coast of Bonaire in the Caribbean. Dedicated to charitable and philanthropic efforts, Cashmere currently serves as chairman of the board for Forgotten Soldiers Outreach, a non-profit organization that sends care packages to soldiers serving overseas. Additionally, he is actively involved with several local organizations such as The ARC of Palm Beach County, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Humane Society of the Treasure Coast, where Cashmere and wife, Kelly, adopted their Great Dane Jake. Parents to son Cruz and daughter Ella, the Cashmeres currently reside in Palm Beach Gardens.

WHAT THEY DRANK:

Ketel One Oranje “PGA Endless Delight”

1 1/2 oz Ketel One Oranje

3/4 oz Aperol

1/2 oz fresh orange juice

1/2 oz lemon juice

1/2 oz simple syrup

2 leaves mint

4 dashes bitters

Club soda

Combine all ingredients except club soda into a shaker. Shake well and strain over fresh ice, top with club soda. Garnish with orange twist.