Jessica Kartalija

Jessica Kartalija 3Jessica Kartalija joined the Eyewitness News team during the summer of 2006. She is a general assignment reporter, and anchors the 5 p.m. newscast daily with Mary Bubala and noon newscast with Linh Bui on Mondays and Tuesdays.

She came to Baltimore from the southwest, where she worked in Albuquerque, N.M. anchoring KASA FOX 2’s News at Nine, and reporting for sister station KOB-TV. She was promoted at KOB-TV, anchoring the station’s 4 p.m. news while continuing to serve as a reporter for other newscasts.

Prior to moving to New Mexico, she worked as the weekend anchor and reporter for KYMA-TV in Yuma, Ariz. While there, she won first place in the “Hard News Feature” category from the Associated Press.

Although Jessica was born and raised in San Diego, Calif., her family is originally from the East Coast. She headed there for college, graduating from The Pennsylvania State University where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Spanish. While in college, she completed a semester abroad, living in Sevilla, Spain, and became fluent in the language.

She also gained hands-on experience in broadcast journalism prior to graduating by interning at KFMB in San Diego and WRC in Washington, D.C.

Jessica worked with the Special Olympics while in Albuquerque, teaching athletes public speaking skills.  She is very involved with the House of Ruth Maryland, where she is a board member. She was recently named a recipient of The Daily Record’s Leading Women Award for 2014, which celebrates women under 40 for their professional accomplishments, community involvement, and commitment to inspiring change. She was also named a Baltimore Rising Star from the Living Classrooms Foundation and is a member of the American News Women’s Club and National Press Club.

Viewers can see her in the film Transformers, which is now on DVD.

When not working, she enjoys golf and loves to ski and travel. She lives with her husband and son in Baltimore County.

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On this day of remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there’s a new program to help young African-American men succeed.

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It’s a dinner party of 300. Thanks to city police and businesses in Federal Hill, hundreds of families will have a special Christmas dinner this year.

12/22/2014

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Navy Midshipman Awarded Marshall Scholarship

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Navy Midshipmen Air “Spirit Spots” To Boost Pride

The countdown is on to the Army/Navy game this weekend and at the Naval Academy, some are doing all they can to make sure the Midshipmen are fired up for kickoff.

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Rolling Stone Magazine Clarifies Apology Over UVA Rape Story

Rolling Stone Magazine is clarifying its apology over a story that had reported a female student was gang-raped at a University of Virginia fraternity.

12/08/2014

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Professional Sports Scrutinized For Their Domestic Violence Programs

There’s a question about whether professional sports leagues are doing enough to stop the problem of domestic violence.

12/02/2014

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Kennedy Krieger’s Festival Of Trees Benefits Children With Special Needs

The three-day Festival of Trees is about to get underway. It’s a major fundraiser benefitting the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

11/25/2014

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Obesity Affects Number Of Those Eligible For Military Service

Unhealthy eating habits could become an issue of national security. The Department of Defense says that obesity is affecting the number of Americans eligible to serve in the military.

11/20/2014

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Father Determined To Bring Missing Children Home

Missing for months. Two Montgomery County toddlers disappear with their mentally ill mother, who insists they’re alive but refuses to say where they are.

11/12/2014

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Baltimore Student Got To Take Torrey Smith To School

If you’re a kid, taking a professional football player to school seems a little far-fetched. But for one Baltimore City student, it was a dream that became a reality Monday.

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