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, who resides in Baltimore County, 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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