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Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’s Jessob Reisbeck quit role shortly after infamous interview

January 11, 2023

Some stories are just so crazy they demand a documentary be made about them. Arguably, Kai Lawrence’s story is one of them and many viewers will wholeheartedly agree after watching The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker, a movie which premiered on Netflix on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Caleb Lawrence McGillvary identified himself as Kai in a now-iconic video that shot to viral fame in 2013.

A reporter for KMPH, a local news station in California, interviewed McGillvary after claiming he was a passenger in the car of a man named Jett Simmons McBride. During the interview, McGillvary claimed that McBride ran into someone and then attacked a woman, so he hit her three times with a hatchet, reports The Independent.

After being screened, the video was essentially unmissable online – but who conducted the interview? It was none other than Jessob Reisbeck, but where is he now? First, let’s recap his career so far.

Kai Lawrence interviewed in red shirt and bandana in front of the microphone in The Hatchet-Wielding HitchhikerThe hitchhiker with an ax cr. netflix

Who is Jessob Reisbeck from Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker?

Jessob went to Arizona State University after graduating from Irvine High School in 2000, then earned a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcast journalism and a minor degree in communications from the Cronkite School, reports The Cinemaholic.

After his student years, his career took root with a job as a sports journalist in 2004 with WAOW-TV. However, he moved to WSTM-TV in the same position in 2006.

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Fast forward to 2009 and he took a job as an anchor and reporter at KMPH-TV, the station he worked for when he interviewed McGillvary. He was dispatched to the scene to report a car accident.

You may be wondering if Riesbeck is still at the station…


Where is Jessob Reisbeck now?

Reisbeck actually quit KMPH in June 2013, the same year his viral interview with the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker took the internet by storm.

Working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Reisbeck is now a news anchor for WDJT CBS 58, the broadcaster reports. He started there in November 2020 after serving as a morning news anchor for WJLA-TV from September 2018.

The gap between KMPH and WJLA is due to his stint as a morning presenter at WITI – TV 6. For those who want to see him deliver the news with WDJT, it’s at 5pm, 9pm and 10pm. Beyond his work, The Cinemaholic reports that Reisbeck is the father of two sons.

Follow Jessob Reisbeck on Instagram

Yes, you can find him on Instagram at jessob_reisbeck.

He has over 2,000 subscribers and his bio reads: “News host @cbs58news 5pm, 9pm, 10pm and fast show. Dad. ASU graduate. Never forget Pat Tillman.

The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker is now streaming on Netflix.

Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’s Jessob Reisbeck quit his role shortly after an infamous interview was published on Juicee News.