Jessica is so excited to be returning home as the new Fox 8 reporter! She still can’t believe she is working at a station she grew up watching.
Jessica is an award-winning anchor and reporter. She’s returning home after working in Augusta, Georgia as their morning and noon anchor. Before Augusta she was in Lima, Ohio working as a morning anchor, producer and reporter.

Jessica loves being a newsroom leader in the anchor role, but is also a passionate storyteller. She just won the Regional Hard News Edward R. Murrow award for her story “Criminals in the Classroom” where she looked into how schools handle minors with records, who they legally have to educate. She also has a few Associated Press reporting awards and a Georgia Associated Press award for her anchoring.

Jessica received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University. She then attended Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, where she received her Master of Science Degree in Journalism and was the commencement speaker.

As a seasoned journalist, Jessica has covered everything from Commissioners’ meetings, to crime, to community events. She worked as a backpack journalist in Chicago covering stories including President Obama’s Election Day, Governor Blagojevich’s impeachment, and escalating turmoil in the South Side gangs. She also worked in Washington D.C. as a Capitol Hill correspondent for stations across the country.

Jessica owes a lot of her journalism success to lessons she learned in Cleveland as a St. Christopher and Magnificat graduate. She says nothing beats being home with family, friends and a city full of Cleveland sports fans!

Recent Articles
  • CLE leaders address plan to demolish abandoned homes, keep kids safe on walks to school

    CLEVELAND– Three abandoned homes on Cleveland’s east side were demolished on Thursday. The city says it’s all to help protect our children. The blighted homes that were demolished are located on East 93rd Street next to Gaylord Avenue. The city will continue to demolish hundreds more across the area by the end of the year. Leaders said abandoned properties create significant safety concerns. “Our children are the future,” Police Chief Calvin Williams said. “We have to protect them and we […]

  • Tension over group’s efforts to put Q deal on the ballot

    CLEVELAND– There was some tension Monday as members of a new coalition dropped off 20,000 signatures to put the Quicken Loans Arena renovation deal on the ballot. City Council leaders, at first, rejected the signatures, saying they were legally advised not to take them. That’s when there was some aggression; two pastors even put out their arms, telling the city to arrest them. City says they will not take the signatures. Pastors telling the city to arrest them if they […]

  • Ex-husband of missing Lakewood mom found dead in wooded area charged with murder

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio — The ex-husband of a missing Lakewood mom found dead in a wooded area earlier this week, has now been charged with her murder. Lakewood police, The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office and the FBI held a news conference Thursday morning updating the public on the case. Authorities said, Fahad Saeed, husband of Roaa Al Dhannoon, charged with 15 counts including aggravated murder and kidnapping. Roaa Al Dhannoon, 25, disappeared from her Lakewood apartment in October. Investigators discovered her […]

  • ‘It was a difficult battle:’ Officials still investigating cause of Akron fire that killed 7

    AKRON, Ohio — Police confirm that five children and two adults were killed in an early morning house fire in Akron. The fire broke out at 693 Fultz Street around 2:45 a.m. Monday. Neighbors say a family lived in the home. Family members earlier Monday morning told Fox 8 that the mother did not show up to work today, and the children also didn’t show up at school. The victims’ names have not yet been released. Firefighters believe the fire started […]

  • Police believe body found in Ashtabula County is that of missing 13-year-old girl

      ASHTABULA COUNTY, Ohio —  Ashtabula city police believe the body found yesterday in a wooded area of Ashtabula County is that of a missing 13-year-old girl. A suspect wanted for questioning in her disappearance has also been arrested in Pennsylvania. Authorities also say that the family knows the suspect. The Fox 8 I-Team learned the girl was reported missing on Tuesday of this week. Sources tell us her body was found Thursday in a wooded area on Austinberg Road. That […]

  • Lakewood middle school student arrested for bringing pellet guns to school

    LAKEWOOD, Ohio — A student at Harding Middle School in Lakewood was arrested Wednesday after police say he brought two pellet guns to school. The student, who Fox 8 is not identifying because he is a minor, was arrested for inducing panic. He is 14-years-old and an 8th grader at the school. A Lakewood police report said officers were called to the school just after 8 a.m. Wednesday. According to the Lakewood Middle School Principal, Joe Niemantsverdriet, a student and […]

  • Flooding fiasco: Cleanup continues at Sam’s Club in Brooklyn and surrounding businesses

    BROOKLYN, Ohio– Employees at the Sam’s Club in Brooklyn worked through the night cleaning up from Wednesday’s flooding both inside and outside the store. The Tiedeman Road store received several inches of water inside the club. The high water in the parking lot reached past the headlights on several vehicles. ********Check out flooding damage across Northeast Ohio here*********** The store is closed until further notice and stranded cars are still being towed after heavy rains caused destructive flooding around the […]

  • Reward offered in killings of couple at Cleveland car dealership

    CLEVELAND, Ohio– A reward which is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects responsible for killing the owners of Mr. Car Sales Dealership now stands at $7,500. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office announced a $5,000 reward Wednesday morning for information leading to the capture and prosecution of suspects in this case. Crime Stoppers is offering $2,500. Michael and Trina Tomola Kuznik were found dead by their 19-year-old son inside the dealership on East 185th Street Friday night. […]

  • Daughter pleads to suspect who shot and killed 74-year-old father: ‘I ask that you please surrender. I forgive you’

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — The family of Robert Godwin, Sr. is sharing photos of their beloved father with FOX 8 News. Tonya Godwin-Baines, one of Godwin’s daughters, told FOX 8’s Jessica Dill, he was the father of 10 — six girls and four boys. Godwin, 74, was shot and killed while walking on East 93rd Street Sunday afternoon. The Cleveland Division of Police said Steve Stephens is wanted for aggravated murder in the shooting, which was posted on Facebook. Godwin-Baines said […]

  • Let’s play ball: What you need to know about today’s Cleveland Indians’ Home Opener

    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Let’s play ball! It is the day Indians’ fans have been counting down to, The Cleveland Indians Home Opener. The Indians are taking on the Chicago White Sox in the Home Opener. Game time is set for 4:10 p.m. Gates open at 2 p.m. The Indians encourage fans to be in their seats by 3 p.m. to see the pregame ceremony. It starts with players and coaches raising the AL Championship flag and receiving their rings. 0⃣. […]

  • Smash-and-grab robbers take ATM from 24-hour store

    BROOKLYN, Ohio — Officers with the Brooklyn Police Department are looking for the minivan that drove off with an ATM. The smash-and-grab robbers hit the BP at Tiedeman and Brookpark Roads around 2:45 a.m. Thursday. Employees of the 24-hour store told Fox 8 that the van backed into the store and two masked men got out, loaded the ATM, and drove away. The two employees inside ran to a freezer for safety and were not injured. The BP gas station […]

  • Woman who drove car into crowd in Parma Heights, killing two has license suspended

    PARMA HEIGHTS, Ohio — The woman who drove her car into a crowd of people in Parma Heights was sentenced Wednesday. Donna Chidsey, 74,will have her driver’s license taken away for five years, the maximum that can be done by law. Chidsey pleaded guilty last month to one count of vehicular homicide. In court Wednesday, Chidsey apologized. “There are no words to express how sorry I am for the pain, suffering and loss this horrible accident caused these people.” Police said Chidsey plowed […]