Jessica 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.
More Stories by Jessica Kartalija
Four construction workers who pulled two children and their father from a burning Baltimore home have been recognized for their heroism.
Heroin is killing more Marylanders than ever before. As it continues to take a deadly toll on people across the state, Governor Larry Hogan is about to declare a state of emergency.
Baltimore Orioles fans are used to seeing Adam Jones in center field, but starting Friday they’ll hear him on the air waves.
Testing is underway to determine if a child in Baltimore could have the measles. Right now, she is being quarantined at her home in case she may be contagious.
On this day of remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there’s a new program to help young African-American men succeed.
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.
Just three days away from the Army Navy football game and midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy are ready! But, Jessica Kartalija reports on how it isn’t just about football for one midshipman.
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.
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.
There’s a question about whether professional sports leagues are doing enough to stop the problem of domestic violence.
The three-day Festival of Trees is about to get underway. It’s a major fundraiser benefitting the Kennedy Krieger Institute.
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.