Jack Feeley is a multimedia journalist and network news producer specializing in breaking news, play-by-play sports commenting, and field production. As a child Jack was diagnosed with developmental aphasia, a language disorder that affects comprehension and expression. Through his formidable school years, Jack had learning struggles. However, with the help of individualized teaching, lesson scaffolding, and connections that helped him succeed, Jack was able to overcome his feelings of embarrassment, shame, and negativity and become the media talent he is today.
Jack became interested in journalism from an early age leading him to attend the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. There he focused on his passion for storytelling. Jack has worked for national media outlets such as ABC, NBC, and Univision.
In this in person interview Alexandra Nicolas, Different & Able’s President and Founder, chats with Jack Feeley about growing up with the learning difference developmental aphasia. Jack shares his experiences with his difference in school, at home, and in his daily life in multimedia. Jack’s passion and determination to overcome his learning challenges have prepared him to find and define his path to success. When referring to his challenges and the slights he has overcome, Jack states, “Lighten up on yourself. Focus on yourself. You can think of others but note that the most important care is self-care. Just tell yourself to relax and you’ll do good.”