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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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A famous chef brings his talents to Baltimore. He’ll open a restaurant inside the new Horseshoe Casino, which is still under construction.

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National Aquarium In Baltimore Considers Closing Its Dolphin Discovery Exhibit

As the aquarium celebrates its 33rd year in Charm City, the future of one of the most popular exhibits at the National Aquarium in Baltimore is up in the air.

05/15/2014

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Eastern Shore Native Wins $61K Sophie Kerr Prize

It’s the nation’s top undergraduate prize, and every year, it goes to a graduating senior at a Maryland college.

05/14/2014

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Southwest Makes Flying Even Easier At BWI

Next time you fly Southwest, you can pack a little lighter.

05/10/2014

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Thieves Empty Elderly Couple’s N.Y. Home While They Visit Maryland

Cleaned out. An elderly couple on vacation in Baltimore County return home to find almost everything in their home is gone–right down to their light bulbs.

05/08/2014

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Nationals Manager’s Vehicle Hit By Car Fleeing From Police

An interesting morning on the airwaves in Washington, D.C. The manager of the Washington Nationals was doing a live interview on the radio Wednesday when he was suddenly interrupted.

05/07/2014

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Baltimore Visitor Center Celebrates Milestone

It’s one of the first places they stop when tourists come to Charm City. Now the Visitor Center celebrates a milestone. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary, Visit Baltimore is unveiling a new plan to keep the visitors coming.

05/06/2014

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Ravens WR Torrey Smith Offers Off-Field Lessons To Md. High School Athletes

High school athletes from across Maryland got a lesson from a Super Bowl champion Monday.

05/05/2014

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Hopkins Students Protest Over Alleged Sex Assault Response; JHU President To Order Independent Review

Students speaking out. A protest on the Johns Hopkins University campus is held, following allegations of a gang rape at an off-campus fraternity.

05/02/2014

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Madison Parrott Gets A Heart And A Second Chance

When WJZ first introduced you to little Madison Parrott, she was fighting for her life and wondering every day when and if she’d get a new heart. Now Maddy’s prayers are answered and it all started with a life-changing phone call that said she’s getting a new heart.

04/29/2014

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Baltimore Police Crime Lab Now Accredited

Baltimore City’s police department’s crime lab is recognized as one of the best in the country. The lab is now accredited, a move that strengthens the credibility of evidence used in criminal cases.

04/29/2014

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Horseshoe Casino Announces Restaurant With 2 Celeb Chefs

Construction is well underway at the new Horseshoe Casino downtown. Now two celebrity chefs announce they’re opening a restaurant there–one with some serious Latin flavor.

04/28/2014

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