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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 Don Scott 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 Baltimore Rising Star from the Living Classrooms Foundation. She is also a member of the American News Women’s 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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(FILES): This August 17, 2008 file photo shows US swimmer Michael Phelps competing in the men's 4 x 100m medley relay swimming final at the National Aquatics Center during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing. USA Swimming suspended Olympic superstar Michael Phelps for three months on February 5, 2009, a "reprimand" after a published photograph showed him apparently smoking marijuana. The national governing body of the sport stressed that the punishment was not for a doping violation, but said they wanted to send a "s trong message" to Phelps about his status as a role model for young people.

Longtime Coach Says Michael Phelps Could Return To Swimming Soon

The Baltimore bullet could be back! There’s word that Michael Phelps could begin competing in meets over the next few weeks.

03/26/2014

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Family Members Of Man Killed In Road Rage Incident Ask For Information

After a man was shot dead during a fit of road rage, his family is making another plea for help. Now they are turning to social media, hoping someone who witnessed the incident along the Maryland/Pennsylvania line will come forward.

03/25/2014

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Maryland Live! Casino Gets Television Exposure For Poker Event

What happens in Vegas now happens here in Maryland, too. Some of the best poker players in the world are filming a show right here in our own backyard.

03/24/2014

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Oops! Goucher College Sends Acceptance Emails To 60 Rejected Candidates

Dozens of high school students find out they’ve been accepted into a Baltimore County college only to learn it was all a mistake.

03/18/2014

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Maryland Schools Scramble To Make Up Days Lost To Winter Weather

Another school day, another snow day. Kids are happy, parents are frustrated and Maryland school districts are scrambling, trying to figure out how to make up days lost to bad weather.

03/17/2014

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Cyclist Injured In Hit-And-Run Speaks Out As Riding Partner Remains On Life Support

Anne Arundel County Police are looking for the person who hit two women riding bicycles and then took off. One is in critical condition fighting for her life. The second, who is still recovering from her wounds, is speaking out.

03/14/2014

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Police Warn Those Planning To Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day Downtown

It’s turned into one of the biggest weekends for partying in Charm City. St. Patrick’s Day festivities get underway on Saturday.

03/13/2014

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Police Chase Involving Bank Robbery Suspects Shuts Down Md. Highway

A dramatic chain of events on a Maryland highway. Police shut down eight lanes of commuter traffic to try to catch a car full of bank robbers!

03/11/2014

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New Md. Act Will Help Those With A Criminal History

A new bill to be heard in Annapolis is aimed at helping former inmates get back on their feet.

03/11/2014

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Md. Legislators Want To Make Pre-K More Accessible To Children

A push to make pre-K more accessible to Maryland children is well underway. Senate lawmakers have already voted in favor of a plan to expand the program.

03/10/2014

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Picture Goes Viral After Baltimore City Police Officer Saves Kitten

A tough Baltimore City police officer shows his softer side, and it’s going viral.

03/07/2014

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Major Changes Are In Store For The SAT College Entrance Exam

The College Board that creates the SAT test conducted its own exam and realized it was failing students.

03/06/2014

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